Think about that for a moment, as recently as five years ago, people still doubted cloud computing — and I was waiting for the day when it reached wider acceptance. As I wrote at the time:
It also got me thinking about when we would get to the point where the debate is finally going to stop and we accept cloud computing like we do any other type of computing. We have to get to the a place (wherever that is) where we aren’t having the same old tired discussions about security and reliability, and just simply accept cloud computing at face value.
By the time I had written that post in 2011, I had been covering the cloud for three years, a lifetime in technology terms, and I was shocked by the questions that were still being raised. Little did I know that it would take several years more before the cloud would begin to gain wide acceptance.
Consider that as recently as two years ago during Andy Jassy's AWS keynote at the company's re:Invent user conference, he was explaining cloud computing — preaching to the converted, as it were.
This year there was no need for any of that. Jassy started citing market share statistics, run rates and pace of innovation stats instead. People were well aware without a cloud primer, thanks very much.
Hybrid for now
Even though the cloud has clearly found its place in most company's computing strategy, few are ripping and replacing in one fell swoop, but many appear to be looking to cloud whenever possible with new projects.
In fact, according to study conducted by venture and equity firm, North Bridge, and tech community, Wikibon, 42 percent of respondents reported going cloud first or only the cloud, while 49 percent used the cloud selectively. There are still 9 percent who don't use the cloud at all, but one wonders how long they continue on that path, given the widely cited advantages of cloud computing.
What's more, 42 percent of respondents reported earning 50 percent or more of their business through the cloud.
You can review the rest of the data, but it paints a clear picture that we have reached a clear tipping point in 2016, where the cloud is part of the computing landscape for most companies. While hybrid will clearly persist for a long time, cloud has found its place, and we no longer have to explain what it is or justify its existence. At long last, it just is.
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