|ATM: cloudification marks new progress for civilization|
Although the value of cloud computing services accounts for only a small fraction of the Polish information technology market, the number of firms opting to outsource their IT resources is rapidly increasing. This growing trend is motivated by the same factors which popularized electrification and later computerization a desire to make working more efficient and convenient. Cloudification offers one more advantage the opportunity to optimize costs.
Considering the number of areas in which cloud computing is already used, the term cloudification would seem to be an appropriate way to describe the dynamic process by which the possibilities it offers are being exploited, and not only in the business sphere.
Firms are using the cloud concept to design and launch a wide variety of services. Examples include mobile applications, websites, e-commerce solutions, ERP and CRM Business Intelligence. However, cloud computing services are now being taken up not only by business customers, but also by consumers. The cloud idea is being applied more and more often in cars, in social games, and for the storage of data on virtual disks integrated with portable devices such as smartphones, says Jacek Krupa, Vice President of ATM S.A.
It was this rapidly progressing cloudification that led us to the decision to launch our ATMAN Private Cloud services. These services, which leverage the resources of the ATMAN Data Center, are addressed to business customers who want to gain security as well as scalability and flexibility, Jacek Krupa adds.
The rapid expansion of cloudification is evidenced by the high rate of increase in demand for cloud computing services that has been maintained over the past few years. In 2010 Polands total cloud market was valued at 35 million dollars, but two years later it was worth twice that amount. It is now projected that by 2017 the value of the market will have risen to more than 200 million dollars.*
The growing popularity of cloud computing services is a result of several factors. Above all, businesses and individual customers are shedding the fears they once had regarding the cloud. At the same time, more and more firms are seeing the cloud as an opportunity to implement new business models, to diversify their sources of revenue and to maximize profits. A third important factor is the rapid development of the data centers market in Poland, creating a place where providers can locate both private and public clouds, meaning that they do not need to incur extra capital expenditure on building and maintaining their own server facilities.
Beneficiaries of this trend include telecommunications operators which offer the aforementioned virtual disks, creators of computer games, micro-enterprises engaged in e-commerce, and native suppliers of IT solutions who have previously provided deployment and integration services on a traditional model, but now wish to develop their services in the cloud.
Such possibilities are provided by the ATMAN and Thinx Poland data centers. Located in Warsaw and Katowice, at several geographically separated sites, they have been designed so as to enable cloud computing services to be provided in a reliable and secure manner. This means that cloud providers and their users have no need to worry about the stable functioning of the technical layer, but can concentrate on developing their own businesses, at the same time making their work more convenient and effective.
* Source: IDC, Poland Cloud Services Market 2012 and 20132017 Forecast.