In January 2017, Synergy Resource Group reported that the cloud market had reached $148 Billion, representing a 25% YoY growth compared to 2015. The cloud is upon us, and adoption is accelerating! CIO’s from every industry tell me that they are tired of dealing with the disruption and risk associated with costly data center upgrades. CFO’s are looking for ways to reduce CAPEX expenditures and lower overall costs. Business unit leaders are looking for ways to speed up innovation, which requires a nimble IT infrastructure that can quickly and seamlessly expand and contract.
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In Nicholas Carr’s 2008 book, The Big Switch (Rewiring the World from Edison to Google), he chronicled the evolution of power that helped fuel the industrial revolution. Carr wrote that steam engines and waterwheels that generated power for factories, “had to be located close to the point where their power was used.” Carr noted that factories were clustered around rivers that provided the propulsion necessary to turn the waterwheels, which in turn, powered the factories they served. Factories in the 1800’s were, “as much in the business of manufacturing energy as manufacturing goods.”