There are hundreds of public clouds out there, with more coming every day. Most of them are not truly clouds, just a hosted service with “cloud” stamped on the website and no real changes to the offering. And the offerings that do have self-service are often klunky or ugly or both. Just because the user is IT, rather than a business unit, doesn’t mean that it’s ok to serve up the red-headed stepchild of technology.
As you might have already seen, Abiquo places a high value on both form and function. In fact, we strongly believe that it should look great AND work better than you could ever hope for. So when we see a customer apply our product and our philosophy to their own in a really sophisticated or interesting way, we think everyone should pay attention.
Claranet’s recently announced Virtual Data Centre offering is the first integrated self-service cloud offering available to the European market. The offering combines self-service, governance, resiliency, network integration, and migration in a single service. Claranet Virtual Data Centre customers manage their own resources and users through a simple, yet powerful, online interface.
To learn more about the Claranet cloud offering, visit: http://www.claranet.co.uk/virtual-data-centre.html
To learn more about how Abiquo made Claranet’s offering possible, read more in this press release: http://www.abiquo.com/news-and-events/abiquo-powers-claranets-virtual-data-centre.php
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Implementing a successful Enterprise Cloud requires that the needs of all stakeholders be balanced and in harmony. Without this balance, it simply doesn’t work, leading to failed projects – as a number of early cloud adopters have already discovered to their cost. Balance is not just about consultation, it’s about selecting technology that works to address the needs of each stakeholder. In my upcoming keynote, I will demonstrate that not only is balance possible, but that with it, the Enterprise Cloud actually becomes greater than the sum of its parts, truly achieving both the individual goals of each stakeholder, and the collective goal of the organization.
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I recently came across an interesting article on InformationWeek by Rob Preston. He covers the top 10 technology priorities for US CIOs. A lot of the article was the usual buzzword bingo of “big data, consumerization of IT, and social media.” Of course cloud computing was mentioned, but interestingly enough he makes a point on #9 that it’s the “exploration of cloud computing” not the “embracing.” Specifically he states, “But rather than migrate whole hog to public cloud services, most U.S. companies are looking to build hybrid clouds, capitalizing on the flexibility of cloud architectures while keeping their most sensitive or critical workloads behind their own firewalls.” We’ve heard many people talking about the idea of the “enterprise cloud restart.” This concept is built from the premise that many enterprises have built “something” but it didn’t accomplish the goal, or worse yet, there was no specific goal. So in additon to evaluating which type of cloud, many firms are also re-evaluating what cloud success looks like and what is realistic.
So you might be asking, what were the top 3 priorities? I think these points can be summarized as faster, cheaper, and easier.
#3: Stop spending 70-80% on maintenance
#2: Align IT and the business
#1: Make IT faster
First the scary part, just in time for Halloween. Point #3 highlights that cost issues aren’t shifting out of IT, even with virtualization. Specifically, Mr. Preston states, “As represented by our annual InformationWeek 500 ranking, even the most innovative IT users spend 63% of their IT budgets on ongoing operations as opposed to new initiatives–a percentage that has barely budged in a decade.” Considering how fast cloud computing and new application development is moving, it’s hard to believe this is still an issue. When you compound the costs with the anticipated efficiencies hoped for from virtualization, we see both elements have remained relatively constant. For example, customers that expected 70% server utilization are really only seeing 30%.
Points 1 and 2 are refreshing that they came up as points 1 and 2. We all call this revolution “cloud computing,” but these two points get to the reality that we need efficiencies in IT, in real terms. Specifically, by adding automation, governance, self service and management to many aspects, IT teams can have the agility they need, even on a large scale. As stated in the article, “As the American Express CIO Toby Redshaw looks at the challenge in a positive light, stating in a recent presentation to the company’s board: “Small agile beats big slow–big agile beats everything.”" 2012 needs to be the year that IT teams find a project (start small), set some goals on efficiency in order to best serve the business and start to test the waters. Don’t try to boil the ocean, pick something to be successful with, learn from it and show success.