Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has said it is “inevitable” that business of all sizes will eventually move to the cloud.
Writing in a blog post the Google chief said that, while only a few years ago cloud computing was greeted with doubt, it has now fully established itself as a legitimate way to run a business.
“In 2010, the suggestion that a company could move all of its employees to the cloud was often met with scepticism. People relied on desktop computers and Exchange servers because that was what they’d used in the workplace for the past two decades," he said.
"Today, moving to the cloud is not a questionable proposition — it’s inevitable. This is good news for IT staff, who don’t need to spend time maintaining servers and installing upgrades, and also for employees, since the cloud makes it easy to collaborate and get more stuff done quickly.
“Sooner than almost anyone thought possible, hundreds of large-scale companies have succeeded in moving their businesses to the cloud, paving the way for millions more to follow.”
Schmidt noted recent examples of major firms that have moved to the cloud as evidence of this, such as the announcement that home appliance giant Whirlpool will be moving 68,000 staff in 66 countries to Google Apps services in the cloud.
“These organisations realise that the cloud is not just a cheaper way to maintain the status quo, but also a way to fundamentally transform the way a business is run and how people can get work done together,” he added.
“Inviting 50 people to collaborate on a Google document in real time is an order of magnitude more efficient than sending attachments back and forth to those same people.”
The comments are perhaps not surprising given Google's position in the cloud market, at both a consumer and enteprise level, but they underline the huge push from firms such as Google, Microsoft and IBM to entice firms to use the cloud as their primary means of doing business.
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