Cloud adoption has been consistently on the rise throughout all industrial as well as business sectors. The mass movement of cloud migration has necessitated categorization of different types of cloud users. This will help us appreciate various problems that are being faced by various types of cloud users.
It is obvious that different needs and objectives of cloud migration will give rise to unique challenges in every category of cloud adopters. By analyzing the issues that are being faced by cloud users from different categories, we can get some idea about the future of cloud computing.
Consumers of web hosting services
Shared, VPS, and dedicated server hosting customers have been a traditional user base of hosting services. In fact website hosting has always been a major source of earning for majority of hosting providers. Over the years the growth pattern of hosting industry appears to be stagnating as it is currently being registered in single digit.
In contrast, the growth of cloud solutions such as Platform as a Service or Infrastructure as a Service is accelerating beyond thirty percent. There is a significant inference from these figures that points to the transformation of computing industry and confirms shift to cloud technology solutions such as CMSaaS or Content Management as a service in addition to PaaS, IaaS, and IaaS.
This only goes to highlight that hosting service providers need to facilitate migration from conventional hosting services to the more sophisticated cloud solutions to sustain in the rapidly changing ecosystem of hosting industry. Since the volumes involved are huge, it would be better to gear up to the challenges of cloud hosting as early as possible.
As a web hosting service provider one seems to have only two choices. Either get ready for the major overhaul of services by swiftly moving to cloud hosting from legacy web hosting services or face the prospect of getting reduced to selling niche hosting solutions associated with conventional services.
Choosy adopters of IaaS
There is another category of cloud users that are highly selective when it comes to outsourcing their infrastructure. This group is engaged in tactical procurement of Infrastructure as a Service instead of considering outsourcing of the entire IT infrastructure.
The most commonly outsourced components of infrastructure in this category appear to have minimum added value including storage, backups, virtual offices, or email applications. The advent of shadow IT can be associated with this section of users who are tactically adopting parts of outsourced infrastructure without the approval or knowledge of organization’s IT departments.
In order to address the growing spread of shadow IT, companies are looking for providers of broad base of services. This will empower IT departments to strengthen control on IT services by reducing the menace of shadow IT. It is important to understand the advent of XaaS or Anything as a Service in this perspective.
Established service providers can leverage their robust and extensive infrastructure comprising of top tiered data centers, seamless global network of fiber optic cables, and redundant systems for democratization of a wide spectrum of cloud enabled services. The IaaS oriented services can include virtual offices, On Demand Disaster Recovery, Storage as a Service, just to name a few.
This segment can present promising opportunities to web hosting services providers for empowering clients who are on the verge of a full-fledged cloud adoption.
Startups form the next group of potential cloud adopters as these are staring from the scratch. These cloud users are accustomed with digital technologies and are convinced about use of cloud computing for implementation of every type of workload such as development and deployment of their services.
These fresh and digitally competent clients propose to grow at faster pace by adopting cloud solutions and have no connection with a traditional infrastructure. Cloud is perceived as the only efficient platform for development of their ideas into state of the art applications by startups.
Flexibility, accessibility, and scalability of cloud provide an ideal ecosystem for startups to grow and establish their businesses. However, these enterprises begin analysis of their cloud infrastructure and examine different factors including cost efficiency.
There are a myriad of companies that are beginning to discover multiple advantages of cloud computing and have chalked out definite plans of cloud migration. We need to appreciate the fact that these enterprises have already made considerable investments in legacy infrastructure.
Digital and cloud hosting service providers must understand various constraints and roadblocks faced by these companies and come out with right solutions to facilitate smooth and cost effective migration.