A cloudy journey


By Leane Hannigan, cloud solutions director at Westcon Southern Africa


This year, I made it my mission to dissect the complexity of cloud and simplify the evolution of technology. Why? So that we at Westcon cloud solutions can truly say that we know cloud, and can share insight on getting leads and ensuring ROI on cloud investments with our customers and resellers. I’ve probably said it more times than I should have this year, but cloud is not going anywhere, so it’s about time we – and you – get comfortable with this massively transformative technology.


According to Gartner, “The use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend. …2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.”


Now, these might seem to be rather ambitious predictions much according to, the larger migration of applications will occur over the next few years, and a few enterprises are gearing up for them now. This could mean that if everything goes as planned in these enterprises, the Gartner growth prediction will come true.


In another article on, from May this year, a writer predicted the immediate future of cloud. One of his predictions was that private cloud-only implementation would fall continuously as enterprises realised that pairing public and private clouds to form hybrid cloud models were the most scalable and cost-effective. This prediction falls in line with Gartner’s prediction that half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.


Some enterprises however, will find that the cloud deployments needed to meet their needs are more complex than private, public or hybrid. And business and IT will still be in a battle as business seeks more cost-effective ways to provide IT services, decrease time to market and increase agility and IT resists interference.


What I look forward to in 2016 is helping our customers overcome these battles by finding the partners and solutions they need to make cloud work for them. We can help you uncover the value of cloud for your business specifically, and find a solution that fits you, so that you can join many local businesses in leveraging cloud to makeover your business in 2016.



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