By Lee Fisher, Vice President, Abiquo
Most households have many services to keeping things ticking. No two households are the same; they have different priorities, values and structures, and different services suit different households. Water, gas and electricity all come from separate service providers, so if the electricity goes down in a house, it is not left in the cold.
Like a household, organisations are unique and something that works for one organisation, may not work for its competitors.
Choices, choices, choices
Like household utility services, cloud services are designed to bring agility, simplicity, efficiency and self-service capabilities to a business.
Organisations have freedom of choice in terms of selecting infrastructure and services; but in order to make the right choice it is vital organisations have an understanding of what the business requires and the capabilities of existing infrastructure.
Despite the complexity of business requirements and the variety of choices available, it seems that most companies are making similar choices and are turning to the bigger vendors in the market.
According to recent research from Gartner, Amazon Web Services’ market share is five times the size of all the other cloud vendors combined. Further research from Gartner also shows a strong demand is anticipated for all types of cloud services, with the public cloud services market forecast to grow 18.5 per cent in 2013 to total $131 billion.
When implementing a cloud service into their IT infrastructure, organisations should firstly align and match their cloud services with resources already in place. They should be aware that with the right technologies and platforms, and a mix of both the public and private cloud, their cloud service should be transparent, seamlessly integrated, adaptable and most importantly the correct model for the business in question.
Using a mixture of both private and public cloud and viewing them as one silo, will allow an organisation to allocate their resources and understand which ones are cost effective.
While organisations may be tempted to strip and replace their public cloud service already in place when implementing private cloud into their IT infrastructure, this can be extremely disruptive to work efficiency and doesn’t allow flexibility to utilise the services already in place.
However, all is not lost. There are technologies on the market, which can allow an organisation to bring their existing virtualised infrastructure and services on to one platform. These systems enable an organisation to move services up or down as they wish and can be added at the organisations own time and own pace. With no restrictions in place, organisations are able to have control of their data efficiently and effectively, moving it around as their users see appropriate.
When systems go down organisations want to know where their data is and how they can access it and they are right in believing that they need visibility and control of their resources, to give clarity and to cut costs.
They can achieve this by utilising technologies and platforms which allow control and management through reporting systems. These technologies provide a visible view of where resources are purchased and allocated and who they are accessed by within the organisation. This management process will also allow an organisation to remove services which are not needed, to ultimately cut costs and increase work efficiency.
A household uses many different services for a number of reasons; including reliability, flexibility and cost efficiency. By using a mixture of both public and private cloud, organisations can completely change the way they manage and control their resources in their IT infrastructure.
However, when using both the private and public cloud, an organisation’s cloud service should be integrated, flexible, manageable and effective. Households aren’t limited when choosing a gas or electricity provider, so why organisations should put all their eggs in one basket when using the cloud?
With the right technologies and platforms in place, organisations can take advantage of both the public and private cloud, whilst at the same time, appropriately allocate resources and make cost effective decisions.
For more information on Abiquo’s cloud management platform, including the new Abiquo v2.6 platform, please visit www.abiquo.com.
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