Really, the Cloud is still a baby.
There are different stages for how we approach and adopt technology; telephones, email, fax – it all starts the same way. First of all we see that there is a potential in the new bit of kit, but it hasn’t been realised yet. This is called the infancy stage. Then there’s growth, where the technology is adopted by pretty much everyone and there’s innovation and new ideas popping up all the time. The next stage is maturity when everyone knows the technology, knows where to get it from and it’s the norm. The only place to go from there is down and that’s the decline. The market is saturated. No new products can come in and everything gets a bit staid.
So you see, the Cloud is still a baby.
A new study by the Cloud Security Alliance questioned 250 people working in different size organisations, all using the Cloud in different ways. It helped them take the temperature of where the technology is, who’s using it and why. They called it the Cloud Maturity Survey.
The survey found that Software as a Service, more commonly referred to as SaaS is just dipping its toes into the growth stage. Behind it though are Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service. What’s characterising Cloud Computing at the moment is the early adopters.
That’s good and it’s bad. It’s bad because it means there are some people and businesses who still have concerns about the Cloud and it means they need convincing. Many of the survey respondents who said they hadn’t adopted the cloud yet wanted assurances from service providers that it would be just as secure as the server under their own roof.
What are these businesses missing out on? Well, here’s where it gets good. The survey found that for those who have adopted the Cloud they have found more opportunities to innovate. Early adopters are able to take technology like Hosted Email and try the software out before their competitors get a chance to use it. It means that by the time Cloud technology has reached maturity there will be people still getting to grips with it while others are racing streaks ahead because they were there first.
The only way to compare it is with something like Email – remember when email first started and everyone thought it was strange? Imagine not using it now. This survey believes that Cloud Computing, particularly services like Exchange hosting, will soon be as ubiquitous as email, and no one wants to get left behind.
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