Good things take time. That was the case with businesses and the enterprise cloud, according to Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick, who pointed out in a recent article that the marriage of the cloud and business computing took some getting used to.
McKendrick listened to a talk given by former NASA CTO Christopher Kemp, and through Kemp's presentation, McKendrick learned that some organizations initially responded to the prospect of an enterprise cloud migration with a degree of trepidation. That is because, according to Kemp, companies and the cloud inhabit ostensibly oppositional planes.
"When I think about security in an enterprise, I think about locking things down," Kemp said. That stands in contrast to the cloud, which, according to Kemp, is all about transparency. As he put it, "I think about, 'Wow, every Amazon server is available to everyone on the planet, even hackers in China and Russia."
Kemp said that the enormous costs to public cloud service providers to maintain myriad servers lead them to neglect the individual needs of clients.
"When you have several hundred dollar servers, you literally treat them like cattle — if they fail, you leave them for dead," Kemp said. "You don't have service contracts, you don't support this stuff."
An alternative in the business cloud
Fortunately for Kemp and other executives who want to make sure their information remains rigorously guarded, Amazon is not the only cloud service provider out there. For all the enterprise personnel who are understandably committed to protecting their company's information, the business cloud exists to alleviate any security anxiety. When businesses join the enterprise cloud, they are given a measure of autonomy that cannot exist in the public cloud. Whereas Kemp sees a public cloud like Amazon as treating its clients poorly, a private cloud is exactly the opposite, offering an individually tailored and immediately accessible service. The sense of security and control afforded by the enterprise cloud is one of the reasons so many businesses are flocking to it.
Enterprise cloud changing nature of IT structure
The transformative effect of the business cloud on organizational functionality is not without its challenges, and unfortunately, the burden often tends to fall singularly on a company's internal IT network. The problem for company IT workers is that the enterprise cloud eliminates the need for internal IT departments to carry out the cumbersome and labor-intensive tasks that characterized physical data storage. A huge advantage of the corporate cloud is that it's easily navigable by all employees once they're trained to use it.
But as a Network World article pointed out, the growing popularity of the business cloud and its accessibility to non-IT professionals does not spell the end of in-house IT workers. Instead, these employees need to shift their focus squarely to navigating the enterprise cloud. The article points to the inevitable ubiquity of company cloud computing as the primary reason that IT departments must get on board if they want to remain integral to business operations.