Moving Forward with the Cloud

OK, let me see, I’ve been doing this since NT 4.0. Way back when you had to buy the whole app, then install it and the cloud wasn’t a thing yet. Although it was represented in Visio drawings as the same thing it is today, the Internet. You do not need to install apps if you don’t want too like Visio anymore, it is available for 5 bucks a month using it through the Browser. The WAN or Wide Area Network has branched out too. Still, endpoints connected through the cloud (Internet) are interconnected through leased lines, DSL, cable and maybe still some plain old telephone lines with modems. The World Wide Web’s, or as it’s also referred to now the cloud’s adoption is showing no signs of slowing down. But I wonder where all those IIS 2.0 websites went? Or how many upgrades we went through to get here? I know I’ve gone through 4 or 5 Certification Upgrades since NT4.0 and now AZ Admin. Oh another fact, they say 93 percent of IT professionals have adopted the cloud in some form.

Features and support move us forward and the cloud is all about moving forward, O365 is in 2019 release already. Happy New Year! As computing became smaller, faster and more mobile the footprints in data centers consolidated with virtualization. Companies branched out into social networks and employees and clients looked for access anywhere and everywhere. Hence the advent and proliferation of products like Office 386 and Azure Active Directory. Not to mention the all the other products in the marketplaces that keep us productive and secure like Azure Information Protection, Just in Time Access and other Microsoft security resources.

Looking ahead, we can anticipate increased cloud adoption.

We are branching out. Our networks are spanning off premise, into the external area network via Point to Site, Site to site and Express Route. Our reach needs to be farther and our costs need to be minimized with things like Azure Traffic Manager and Content Delivery Networks. A company’s products and services can go further than housing that old NT4.0 server in the living room. With that said, you don’t even need hardware or a virtual machine. Now it’s Web Apps, Mobile Apps, Containers, Databases and more.

Also keeping users safe is not so much an internal task like before with the advent of bring your own device scenarios. Every user should be treated as though they are at some level of risk. We need tools like Threat Management, Network Detection and Operations Management, and a full set of comprehensive threat protection capabilities.

On-premise techniques and the future of compute are now in the cloud and as the cloud moves forward we move with it.

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