Google scored a huge cloud win this week when Evernote announced it was moving its 200 million users from a private cloud to Google Cloud.
Chances are Evernote was running into the same types of problems many companies experience when they run their own data centers. It's hard to keep scaling and updating because it gets so expensive.
By moving to the cloud, Evernote should gain all the advantages of elasticity and scalability, while moving expenses from CapEx to OpEx. As Diane Greene, the executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise said yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, the way a cloud vendor like hers handles all the hard stuff for customers is one of the primary advantages of the cloud.
"I honestly [don’t understand] why anyone would try to run their own data center. Now that I understand what our data centers can do, you couldn’t begin to understand our scale,” she told the TechCrunch Disrupt audience. She also pointed out that they invested $10 billion in CapEx dollars in their data centers, and bring security resources that almost nobody can touch with 650 employees dedicated to keeping their systems safe.
The cloud gains steam
The private cloud has always offered the promise of running like a public cloud in the privacy of your own data centers, but in reality it's really hard for most organizations to put the resources to bear that the public cloud is capable of bringing. In fact, earlier this month, Forrester issued a report that confirmed what most of us already suspected. We are in the midst of a full-blown transition to public cloud computing, and companies are finally accelerating their move there. Perhaps, Evernote is a leading indicator in this regard.
Anyone with two eyes can see it, but it's always good to have some data to back you up and the folks at Forrester have been kind enough to provide it. As recently as two years ago, Forrester saw the public cloud as a supplement to what was going on in-house, but in just two years, Forrester has seen a massive shift. They expect between now and 2020 that transition should continue in a major way as companies shift more and more workloads to the cloud.
"We project that revenue from public cloud platforms, business services, and applications (software-as-a-service [SaaS]) will grow at an overall CAGR of 22% between 2015 and 2020, reaching $236 billion, which is 23% higher than our previous forecast," the report stated.
In this case, Google Cloud won the business, but over time, it's likely that all of the major vendors (and some of the more minor ones) will also gain a piece of the growing action, as more and more companies move increasing percentages of their workloads to the public cloud.
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