Firms Want Fexibility, Agility with Cloud



The cloud’s not just about the money.


Sure, savings and efficiency is important, but companies put more stress on the cloud’s flexibility and agility. That might seem a bit strange in this age when every cost — whether you’re running IT, HR or Purchasing — is under the microscope. But according to the 451 Group, which conducted a survey earlier this year on leading factors that matter most to organizations moving workloads onto the cloud, the priorities are on performance. Here’s a list, in order of importance, of cloud priorities:



  • Flexibility in scaling IT up and down
  • Agility
  • Cost reduction
  • Quicker time to deliver services
  • Avoidance of capital expenditure
  • Quicker time to value
  • On-demand access
  • Pay as you go
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Transparency of costs
  • Other responses


I thought it was interesting, too, that both on-demand access and disaster recovery made it onto that list of priorities. As more and more firms migrate to the cloud, it’s more important for them to tap into cloud-based services that, for example, monitor the ups and downs of cloud platforms and notify them when their websites or databases experience performance problems — so they can take action to prevent a disaster.


There’s definitely a more mature sense of the cloud and what to expect from it out there these days. Are you seeing it, too?