Disruptive technologies have been changing the game in the IT world for the last decade. New trends emerge and it quickly becomes apparent that businesses need to adapt to survive. One of these disruptive technologies is cloud computing. Simply defined, cloud computing is the practice of "computing" over an internet connection. Chances are you are already using the cloud in one way or another on a consumer level. Do you use Spotify? Do you upload pictures to an internet repository like Photobucket or Flickr? Do you use social media, like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? All of these are examples of cloud computing.
Serverless computing is a complete misnomer. No, there is no such thing as true serverless computing. All computing can be traced back to a physical server. Even virtual servers are tied to physical servers via hypervisors. So what do professionals really mean when they talk about serverless computing? They’re really talking about cloud computing. Again, the name is totally misleading.
You probably heard Facebook was down earlier this month. Or, you’ve completely cut yourself out from the world of social media (props to you). Starting around noon last Wednesday, March 13th, almost 2.3 billion people were unable to access Facebook, its apps, and services due to worldwide outages. The downtime lasted about 14 hours, impacting Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and other Facebook-owned services. This unplanned downtime had serious ramifications, like a 1.8% drop in the stock price of Facebook, negative publicity, and negative impacts on businesses that use Facebook’s services to be productive. This includes advertisers and people who pay for Facebook services.
Moving to the cloud is often a top down initiative. Your boss's boss reads an article on cloud computing and tells your boss to make cloud part of your 2017 strategy, and you become tasked with finding your company's cloud "sweet spot." When this happens, it is important to take a step back and ask your management team what they mean by "cloud." These days cloud is a very vague and broad term, and in their haste to stay abreast of key businesses practices, c-levels don't really get it either.
The beauty of cloud technology is that it has the ability to simplify your IT systems, making it easy for your business to operate. The days of spending hours trying to navigate an archaic system are behind you! Outsourcing your cloud technology can give your business more focus, allowing your employees to become more efficient. The cloud can also free up much needed storage space and allow your business the capacity to grow. The sky is the limit!