The stratospheric rise of the cloud
Trust in the cloud is growing. While there is notable continued growth in use of the private cloud, some companies are beginning to migrate towards using public cloud infrastructure. However, such a migration requires several key prerequisites to be in place.
Today, a very large number of companies of all sizes use public cloud services in SaaS, IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) or PaaS (Platform as a Service) form. With such services, start-ups can find everything they need to be up and running quickly, without having to invest in costly infrastructure. As for a large company, it sees such services as an opportunity to cut costs at the same time as benefiting from the cloud's processing power and scalability.
Even regulated sectors are getting involved. In the banking world, the American firm Capital One has set up shop on Amazon's cloud. Société Générale Global Banking & Investor Solutions (GBIS), after having implemented its own private cloud, will place some of its applications on the Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure platforms before the end of the year.
In the energy sector, French electricity provider Engie has adopted a "cloud first" strategy under the initiative of its new general director, Isabelle Kocher. Meanwhile, Air Liquide has opted for Google's collaborative suite and uses services on the Google Cloud Platform.