The cloud today

The cloud today

Aldo Funes – December 6, 2016

Public clouds have been criticized; however it has come to be a requirement for the enterprise 4.0. Smart businesses are choosing the cloud for its value and leaving behind legacy and on premise solutions.


The cloud has changed the way we look at IT, not just infrastructure, but also platforms, services, events, management, security. It has altered the landscape in such a way that traditional methodologies are not enough anymore. Small, agile companies are outperforming large and experienced corporations just because they use the cloud in an efficient way. Let’s talk about the cloud, its value and shortcomings in today’s world.

Today’s cloud

Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference week happened a few days ago. One thing is clear, they are transforming the IT industry. They have announced at least 20 new services and 20 new features for existing ones. They are making the cloud a much more accessible place for small and large companies overall. Analytics, for example, has been a major trend in the last few years, and AWS launched a managed BI service to seamlessly integrate with existing data sources. Managed user credentials that are easily integrated with new and existing web and mobile apps, along with Lambda serverless functions will make applications be extremely cost-effective and secure. In contrast, a company with legacy systems and own data centers will not have access to this services nor the ability to maintain even one of them as cloud providers do.

There are five main benefits of being a cloud-only company: Security, reliability, availability, flexibility and agility. I’ll call them “the ilities”. These ilities are required for the enterprise 4.0. I cannot imagine a better way to be less agile than to dedicate 30% of their IT staff just to manage its infrastructure. Being able to scale cost-effectively is essential to a fast-growing company. That said, only the cloud has the capacity for that and for doing so securely.

Many 4.0 enterprises are migrating to the cloud or have done so already. They have taken advantage of the power of the cloud and all it can do for them.