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At Amazon Re:Invent last month, Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels declared the importance of cloud as a mindset for the modern enterprise. Looking towards an audience of thousands, it was markedly clear that despite claims of being a buzzword, cloud is here to stay and has transformed how organizations innovate on their projects.
The final day of our 12 Days of DevOps series highlights the potential of cloud computing. While 12 deployments aren’t much, the time to spin up such infrastructure happens in mere minutes now, compared to minutes and months from years prior. Therefore, becoming a cloud-driven organization is no longer a monumental task as once imagined. Here are some of the mindsets Vogels expressed while on stage:
- Lower Barrier to Entry: Vogels remarked at the number of new startups in a variety of regulated industries due to the availability of cloud technologies. Due to the low cost of cloud, entrepreneurs and enterprises can think big with platforms like Amazon Web Services, creating more innovation in markets that are otherwise slow to move.
- Cloud Ecosystems: In tapping into platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS), customers have access to a deep ecosystem of complementary and supplementary solutions that increase the effectiveness of their implementations. At Re:Invent alone, there were solutions that supported everything from identity management to storage to networking and all points in between.
- Equal Playing Fields: Now that technology is more equal with low-cost access to the cloud, industries can play on more equal footing, differentiating on product and service as opposed to capital access. No longer can organizations complain about failure because there wasn’t enough technology.
- Deeper Focus on Security: A common theme in 2016 was security, as data breaches continued to plague organizations in all industries. Fortunately, the handing off of capabilities in the cloud to providers like Amazon has also reinforced an emphasis on security, bringing the focus back to the customer.
As we head into 2017, I fully believe that these mindsets and more will take hold as the success stories of cloud increase in number. Research from IDC, Forrester, and Gartner continue to corroborate the spending priorities of organizations and newer research at the beginning of 2017 will probably explain greater acceleration. Stay posted on this blog as we continue to examine the themes that will play out as we move into the latter stages of the decade.
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