Discover How to Profit from Cloud Services

I have written on a number of occasions about the increasing velocity of the move towards external cloud services by enterprise organisations. The evidence keeps growing and today we are releasing a white paper that distils many of the recent discussions and published predictions.

In this paper you will learn why uncertainty is not necessarily bad and is a strong indicator of where extraordinary profits can be achieved. You will learn why the major movements in value can lead to an above average increase in your company valuation. You will also learn that the concept of cloud federation is not the answer needed for many companies who are launching cloud services. There are alternatives.

This paper gives you useful models for thinking and helps you understand why building differentiated, reliable and defensible cloud services is the IT services opportunity of the decade.

As always we are interested in whether you agree or disagree with our views. Please take the time to leave a message below once you’ve had the opportunity to read our white paper.

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Cloud ROI – the first hurdle to overcome

Everyone is moving to the cloud one way or another. But making the decision on what type of cloud – public, private or hybrid – is where some are getting stumped. Indeed, terminology is often the first hurdle people have to overcome before they take meaningful actions. This makes the time to deploy lengthy and this of course impacts the speed of creating realisable ROI.

In some upcoming blogs, I’ll be investigating cloud ROI. To kick start the discussion, first let me outline a few definitions and focus on the first step towards cloud ROI.

First organisations need to understand their options. Below are a few definitions of the types of cloud deployments:

 

 

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Are Hybrid Clouds Useful?

white paperIn a recent blog post, I stated that private cloud is a solution that does not deliver the full benefits associated with cloud. I argued that the differences in scope and scale between the service provider’s public cloud and a private cloud mean that a service provider can use cloud technology to reduce costs of provision of public cloud service to a far greater extent than is available to the private cloud operator. Where does this leave hybrid cloud?

The NIST definition of hybrid cloud states:

 [hybrid cloud is] ‘a composition … [of public and private] … cloud infrastructures that remain unique entities, but are bound together by standardised or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability (e.g. cloud bursting for load balancing between clouds).

 

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