Cloud Computing’s payoffs — Part 2, or why Cloud Computing is inevitable Posted on May 8, 2012 by Tim Burke It’s pretty clear that mobility will be a major factor in why organizations of all sizes turn to Cloud Computing. The numbers speak for themselves: More than 2.5 billion users will connect to the Internet over the next several years via more than 10 billion devices. By 2015, this demand will require 8 times the storage capacity of 2010 as well as 16 times the network capacity and upwards of 20 times the compute capacity. So here’s how it’ll go… As people all over the world go online via mobile devices, IT shops everywhere will have to ramp up to cope. But few organizations, large or small, can afford to grow their IT capabilities as they’ll certainly need to by means of traditional, siloed IT data center architectures, which are resource-intensive (e.g., one workload per server) and labor-intensive (because management functions are under-automated). Instead, organizations are turning to virtualization and Cloud Computing because it is far more cost-effective to implement — thanks to: More efficient use of IT assets (multiple workloads per server), Automation of on-demand provisioning, monitoring, and management, Broad network access and widespread use of heterogeneous devices, The ability to rapidly scale out and scale in IT resources, Sharing of IT resources across multiple applications and/or tenants, and The ability to track IT utilization by application and/or tenant. Which is to say, if it’s not already, your business will end up in some Cloud somewhere. The only question is: What does it take to get the most from Cloud Computing? I’ll take a crack (or several) at that one next time.