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What’s different?

Essentially, the adoption of cloud computing influences the entire business in a series of ways. One of the first things that clients notice is that cloud services improve business efficiency immensely. For instance, before businesses start using cloud services, their server/storage utilization stands at about 10% to 20% but after adopting cloud, it skyrockets to at least 70% and can even reach 90%.

In short, cloud computing extends IT capabilities to a previously unimaginable extent. A company becomes faster, more efficient and more consistent. Although the main components of cloud computing — virtualization, standardization, automation and self-service — are all beneficial to businesses in their own right, cloud is actually more than the sum of its parts, experts say.

Because of its far-reaching implications on various levels and because of the results it can achieve, both IT and businesses are interested in it. It is a win-win situation. This suggests that cloud is going to become the norm, rather than an exception, over the next years. At a certain point in the future, some say about 2020, IT and business will converge and IT will become a function of business.