Lots of people — including your internal customers — use public clouds in their daily lives. And they often expect the same agility and efficiency from corporate IT systems. But with 80% of your IT budget spent on maintenance, it’s a struggle to balance running the business and driving IT innovation and transformation. Learn about the Open Hybrid Cloud.
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Choosing how to build an Open Hybrid Cloud is one of the most strategic decision IT leaders will make this decade. It’s a choice that will determine their organization’s competitiveness, flexibility, and IT economics for the next ten years.
That’s because, done right, a superior cloud computing solution delivers strategic advantages to the business, by redirecting resources from merely surviving market disruption to proactively leading forward-thinking innovation. But only an Open Hybrid Cloud delivers on the full strategic business value and promise of cloud computing. Only by embracing cloud services that are open across the full gamut of characteristics can organizations ensure that their cloud:
- Enables portability of software applications and data across public and private clouds
- Fully leverages existing IT investments and infrastructure and avoids creating new silos
- Makes it possible to build an Open Hybrid Cloud that spans all infrastructure requirements
- Allows IT organizations to evolve, gaining incremental value from the cloud
- Puts the LOB customer in charge of their own business technology strategy
- Empowers business leaders to attain their strategic goals and objectives
When the term cloud computing first appeared on the scene, it described a computing utility. The clear historical analog was electricity. Generated by large commercial service providers. Delivered over a grid. Paid for when and in the amount used. This utility concept has given rise to public cloud services that deliver computing resources in the form commonly called Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Many characteristics of these public cloud services are compelling, relative to some traditional aspects of enterprise IT. Cost per virtual machine is much lower. Cloud service users, such as software developers, just need a credit card to get access to IT resources in minutes, rather than waiting months for a new server to be approved and provisioned. Tapping into this on-demand resource in turn leads to new applications and digital business services coming online more quickly and reducing the time to create new revenue streams.
However, at the same time, most organizations are not yet ready to move all of their workloads onto a public cloud provider’s services. Often this is because of real or perceived concerns around compliance and governance, especially for mission-critical production applications. Nor do public clouds typically provide the ability to customize and optimize around unique business needs.
Whatever the reasons in an individual case, there is great interest in the idea of building and deploying Open Hybrid Clouds spanning both on-premise and off-premise resources to deliver the best of both worlds — public cloud economics and agility optimized for enterprise security needs such as audit, risk management, and strong policy management.
In summary, the adoption of superior hybrid cloud computing solutions enable organizations to bring new applications and digital services online at an accelerated rate, while responding more quickly to commercial opportunities and threats in the marketplace. Learn more about Open Hybrid Cloud, and discover how you can create a solid foundation to support your organization’s innovative digital business transformation.