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Global Warming to Put an End to Cloud Adoption

By Annie Wang | April 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

clouds_1For those of you who don’t remember fifth grade when you learned about the water cycle,  how clouds are formed, and had absolutely no worries in the world other than if your childhood crush noticed you earlier in the hallway, shame on you. We should all know that clouds are formed when warm air rises, it expands and cools. Cool air can't hold as much water vapor as warm air, so some of the vapor condenses onto tiny pieces of dust that are floating in the air and forms a tiny droplet around each dust particle. When billions of these droplets come together they become a visible cloud. At the very least you would have learned it on Jeopardy “Spring Break” edition or some other amazing show like that.

A new survey found that 72% of climatologists expect global warming to put and end to cloud computing as we know it, driving prices so high that only companies with a revenue of over $500M will be able to afford the game changing technology platform. This world-wide epidemic dubbed "Cloud Inflation" could be the "X" factor in today's cloud adoption trends. But why is this happening? And why does this matter to you?

Since the earth’s temperature continues to rise due to global warming, caused by human denial, body heat and polar bears being scared of human interaction, there has been a drastic effect on the number of clouds that can be formed. In the future,  fewer clouds will be created, leading to a drastic increase in the cost of cloud computing (insert dramatic music)! A recent estimate by world renowned climatologist Mike D. Hansen, estranged brother of famous NASA scientists James E. Hansen, forecast cloud prices to increase by as much as 45% by 2017! At those prices, you can kiss the much-hyped cloud app cost savings goodbye.

Companies should invest in cloud applications like Office 365, Google, Dropbox, Box, Service Now, Salesforce ASAP, or risk seeing their competitors wiz by them in the fast lane towards success. And let's be real, no one wants to experience that. The time to do so is now - locking in long-term contracts before the precipitous price increase begins. 

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to cover (secure) your SaaS! 


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Chris Hines

Renowned Climatologist, Cloud Formation Guru at The Earth Foundation