The cloud has arrived at Microsoft headquarters. The company started experimenting with cloud solutions a few years back when it converted its leading productivity Microsoft Office, into a cloud-based version called Office 365. The move proved to be a smart and salient one, as software vendor Adobe adopted a similar approach with its Adobe Creative Cloud.
Why is Microsoft so bullish about the cloud? Because it makes life easier for IT workers. For David Willis, Microsoft corporate vice president of U.S. small and midmarket solutions & partners, it boils down to three key differentiators when it comes to the cloud: speed, scale and cost.
“The three key areas we see are speed. Obviously, you can spin up new workloads in minutes and hours, as opposed to days and weeks, to really stand up a certain workload on premise with hardware and software and everything else that goes along with that,” said Willis. “You know, from a scale standpoint, obviously being able to access an infinite amount of computing power through the public cloud, being able to scale up and scale down as you need. And then cost — you know, this is a pretty simple one. You pay for what you need and use, right?”