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Increased mobile device usage, advanced analytics, social business, and big data are redefining how business is done. For companies to manage these changes effectively, it’s imperative they find solutions that are affordable, easy to deploy, simple to manage, and efficient.
Bottom line, businesses are searching for solutions that deliver a remarkable customer experience that drives innovation and reduces costs. To achieve these lofty goals and aspirations companies are turning to IBM Power Systems with POWER7+. These systems consistently deliver high level service across the enterprise by providing rapid response to challenging workloads.Read More
Technology is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace and these changes can be overwhelming for businesses. Cloud computing is a big part of these recent changes, though it is more an evolution of the way we do business than a passing trend. It has become ubiquitous within IT; nearly 50% of enterprise companies in North America and Europe will invest in the cloud in 2013.
Cloud-based systems deliver apps and secure communications capabilities like email, to meet the highly specialized needs of companies. They help to support fully informed, better-coordinated information that assists leaders with strategic business decisions.Read More
>A transition to cloud computing allows companies strategic advantages not realized by traditional IT service models. Conceptually, cloud computing is relatively straight-forward; however, understanding how cloud computing solutions are implemented can be quite complex. In this post we will build on the foundation of the previous two posts (Datatrend on Cloud Computing-Part 1 and Datatrend on Cloud Computing-Part 2) and examine a high level private cloud implementation by a real customer.
A large telecommunications company in Shanghai was looking to transition from a traditional telecommunications company, into an information service provider. The organization wanted to make this change as quickly as possible in an effort to provide its banking customers a low cost solution for managing applications. Cloud computing has afforded the company the ability to make the transformation to an architecture platform that provides value-add services through the creation of a “cloud service zone.”
The decision to implement a private cloud infrastructure ended up being a relatively easy one. The cloud service zone they created allowed them to deploy services on demand for their customers, as opposed to setting up the necessary infrastructure on a customer by customer basis, which would have been a huge investment and taken a long time in terms of procurement, setup, etc. Moving to a cloud model provided the organization agility and resulted in a seamless transition in concert with their transformational designs.
The company went with an IBM Power based cloud solution (by the way, Datatrend is an IBM solution provider) coupled with ITIL best practices. It ended up being a great combination and ideally suited for medium and large sized businesses.
Benefits of Moving to the Cloud
Deploying a private cloud solution offered a number of benefits that would not have been possible had the company decided to take a more traditional approach.
- Rapid Deployment: Not needing to secure all of the hardware and host all of the data on local servers allowed the company to make the transition to an informational service provider in less time. This was essential to get into a growing market before other competitors and be a first adopter.
Cloud Computing is becoming increasingly popular. Although cloud computing remains somewhat mysterious to some, the basic concept is relatively simple: Instead of having to buy, and then maintain, an IT infrastructure, a company can go to the cloud and “rent” key services.
However, it is important to point out that cloud computing does not simply mean outsourcing an IT service or infrastructure, nor does it mean that the actual hardware is necessarily off-site, although those are options. But it does represent a computing model or approach that comes in many “flavors” with a lot of potential payoff, if done in a way that makes business and operational sense.
(By the way, for a review of some definitions around cloud computing, read my previous post, Datatrend on Cloud Computing—Part 1)
What should a company look for when considering moving to the cloud? Ideally, a company should ask some internal as well as external questions. Internally it’s important to look at workloads, security requirements, and how much computing power the company needs. Who will manage a conversion to the cloud and any regulatory requirements? Make sure you ask a potential cloud provider if they can grow with the IT needs of the business. Is the company a reseller or an innovator? How much IT expertise do they bring to the table?
The benefits of cloud computing can be substantial – and derived faster than you might think. Instead of having an entire IT department dedicated to designing and running an IT infrastructure, a company can move as much, or as little, to the cloud as it likes. Thus, in-house IT costs can decrease significantly.
It’s important to understand some key concepts regarding cloud computing:
- The cloud is not a technology; it’s an IT service model.
“The Cloud” and “Cloud Computing” can be mysterious concepts to people outside the IT world. In this post, which is the first in a series about cloud computing, we’d like to introduce the fundamentals of cloud computing—and demystify the concept.
At its most elemental, cloud computing involves migrating computer services off-site. For example, instead of using computer and IT resources in house, the company decides to use IT resources that another company provides. Cloud computing services can be broken down into three categories.
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)