“Enterprise data centers are on their way to becoming rare beasts, as nearly every enterprise is going to move nearly all their computing to the cloud” said Andy Jassy, AWS CEO appointed in April. He continued: “In the fullness of time, whether it’s ten years or twenty years, very few companies will own their own data centers, and those that do will have a smaller footprint than they have now.
The transition will lead to qualitative changes in the enterprise. Data won’t just inform decisions, it will drive decisions. That’s already happening with enterprises that have already gone all in on cloud. Consider machine learning: Before Amazon had access to cloud services, it built a tool to determine the gender of names, and dedicated a team to that project for months to achieve 90% accuracy. With machine learning in the cloud, a single person with no experience in machine learning was able to achieve the same goal in 20 minutes. And the cloud encourages improvement in the rate of innovation.
With on-premises IT, it takes ten to 18 weeks to get a new server online, which constrains innovation and makes failure expensive. To innovate, you need to try a lot of experiments and be willing to fail, so you need ways to limit collateral damage. The cloud provides that limitation — resources devoted to failed experiments can be reused on other projects, or simply canceled. Collateral damage of failure becomes minimal”.
If you have 45 minutes to spare it is good investment of time to listen to Andy Jassy, AWS CEO, talking about public cloud from Amazon perspective on AWS Public Sector Summit 2016.