There have been signs aplenty this year that the cloud is coming of age, but over the past few weeks, we have seen a couple of things that prove even the biggest companies have arrived and are playing nicely with the born-in-the-cloud crowd.
First, there was the announcement by Oracle that it's getting into the Infrastructure as a Service business and full recognition by the company that the future is in the cloud. That said, Oracle doesn't expect this to happen all at once. Instead, it sees a decade of co-existence where on-premises software and hardware will live alongside the cloud.
This is what the rest of the world calls hybrid computing, and Oracle is of course spot on about this. Companies with long-term investments in hardware and software aren't going to suddenly rip and replace them, but as these systems need replacing, it makes sense that companies will begin to look to the cloud for the next solution.
That said, a decade might be too ambitious for some IT departments where they still have equipment from the 1970s running old business programs written in COBOL. In general, I think Oracle has the right idea, and the company is wisely (at last) trying to position itself to be a supplier of these services.
Box partners with old guard
If you want more proof, consider that Box, the online content management, collaboration, and storage tool, announced partnerships with IBM and Microsoft over the past two weeks. What's more, it announced the availability of some new governance tools. All of this shows that Box, a company born in the cloud, is also showing signs of maturity.
There was a time when Box competed with companies like IBM and Microsoft, but today it sees them as full partners that can help it grow markets and get access to customers it might have had trouble reaching before.
Box also gives IBM and Microsoft more cloud credibility because it has a deeper understanding of how the cloud works than companies that were once more traditional vendors and have made the transition to the cloud in recent years.
The Box governance tools are a sign that the company is moving to provide the types of features that traditional content management vendors have always offered.
All of this taken together proves that companies born in the cloud, that were once considered a parallel market, are suddenly co-mingling with more traditional enterprise companies, making it harder to tell these companies apart.
As we look at enterprise software and services in the future, it makes sense that these categories have blurred and that customers will simply shop for the best services and prices, whoever happens to be offering them.
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