An enterprise-oriented overview of cloud computing


Enterprise cloud computing refers to the special case of using cloud computing for competitive advantage through the decrease of costs, as well as for business innovation in terms of speed and agility where collaboration among business partners and customers is highly improved. 

According to surveys, more than half of all enterprises consider the cloud to be a crucial part of their business models and they are willing to devote 50% or more of their IT budgets to the cloud. 

Enterprises run 75% of workloads in the cloud, shows the “RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report”.

The need of outsourcing the workloads to the cloud comes along with the need of choosing a suitable cloud strategy. Surveys show that in 2017, 85% of enterprises have chosen a multi-cloud strategy.


Enterprise Cloud Computing offers many benefits to an organization, including faster access to infrastructure, greater scalability, higher availability, faster time to market, business continuity etc. (see “Cloud Benefits 2017 vs. 2016” figure).  A safer computing environment is provided by the use of virtual servers, which reduce the threat of an on-site attack on the physical storage devices within a data center. Enterprise cloud computing also provides the capacity for flexible data security policies. The security decisions can be made based on many factors, including the user’s role within the organization, the user’s current access location, the type of data accessed by the user and the type of the device that is used.


According to RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report, the top 3 challenges for cloud computing are – “Lack of resources/expertise”, “Security” and “Managing cloud spend”. In 2017,all of the cloud challenges, except “Governance/Control”, declined across the board.


With Enterprise Cloud Computing, the difficulties which normally occur with the configuration, expansion and replacement of traditional on premise IT systems and components can be removed, since the IT infrastructure can be expanded or contracted on demand through virtualization. The typical challenges like physical data loss and malicious on-site attacks to the IT infrastructure can be eliminated by implementing the cloud computing framework. Cloud computing provides faster, safer and cheaper delivery of IT services within an enterprise which makes it more and more relevant for every organization.

Source: RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report