Cloud computing — cloudy no more

REYNALDO C. LUGTU, | January 11, 2019

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IT WAS in 2007 when I started to talk about cloud computing in public fora, company and client meetings, and articles in newspapers. It was too early during that time. I remember presenting its concepts during a management committee meeting in a global IT services company, and I either got blank stares or jokes about cloud. One executive asked, “So what is cloud?” I said, “Cloud is what you want it to be — software, hardware, security, etc.”Now, cloud computing is already mainstream. Those who heeded the call of opportunity command large market shares. As of third quarter of 2018 according to Synergy Research Group, Amazon Web Services (AWS) holds 34%, Microsoft 14%, Google 7%, and the rest are with other players like Alibaba, IBM, and others. Globally, 80% of large companies or enterprises are both running apps on or experimenting with AWS as their preferred cloud platform; 67% of enterprises are running apps on (45%) and experimenting on (22%) the Microsoft Azure platform. 18% of enterprises are using Google’s Cloud Platform for applications today, with 23% evaluating the platform for future use according to RightScale’s 2018 survey.

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