Evolve your view of the Cloud

I had the opportunity the other day to ask some enterprise customers their definition of the Cloud.  Some of the initial responses I received mirror’s what I hear from my non-technical friends.  A place to store stuff (data).  For them, it’s the Public Cloud.

This response sheds light that we are still in the infancy of enterprise Cloud; even though use of the Cloud is skyrocketing.  So it leads me to wonder, how many stranded applications, workloads and data are out on the Public Cloud; and do companies have a plan to ever get that information back? 

Enterprises need to evolve their concept of the Cloud.  The Cloud is not just the Public Cloud.  The Cloud is not a destination at all.  The Cloud is a transformational approach to IT.  A concept that allows you to position IT not as a cost center, but as a solutions provider that delivers agility. 

In its most agile form, Cloud allows enterprises to shift workloads between Private and Public Clouds in a Hybrid Cloud model.  Implemented effectively, IT can create an environment that allows departments to self-provision applications.  Those applications then can live in either a private or public cloud environment, and seamlessly move between environments based on factors of cost, value of the workload, compute requirements, and/or governance.


Cloud: 5 Lesson’s Learned

The Cloud is not just the Public Cloud:  It’s easy to think of the Cloud as just some place outside your organization to store data or run applications.  Fundamentally, the Cloud is a strategy that allows enterprises to change how they approach IT.

Clouds begin at Home:  Your goal is IT agility.  Agility is not predicated on rip and replace.  Consider transforming / evolving your infrastructure into a cloud based model (Private Cloud model).

Virtualization is Key:  The key to any Private Cloud deployment is virtualization.  Implement a highly virtualized environment to take full advantage of a cloud based infrastructure.  Remember though, Virtualization is not Cloud.

Open Standards:  Open is key wherever possible.  Look to open standards, or companies that based their architecture on open standards, whenever possible. 

Evolution is Possible:  Moving to cloud is an evolution.  It doesn’t have to be a revolution.

About The Author – Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott is a thought leader, marketing consultant and enterprise data center evangelist focusing on data center evolution with particular emphasis on private and hybrid clouds.  Michael previously worked as Dell’s Cloud Evangelist representing Dell’s cloud portfolio and vision at customer meetings, media briefings, and industry conferences. Prior to that, Michael held marketing and consulting roles in the storage and telecom industry.

Michael started his career as a mainframe programmer for General Electric and held the role of adjunct professor of marketing at the University of Akron.  Michael has a mathematics degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.

Michael’s recent work includes:

  • Interviewer at the Consumer Electronics Show focused on Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Participation in cloud industry panels and private equity discussions relating to the vision of cloud.
  • Business development activities with a focus on the enterprise data center.
  • Sales enablement and training on cloud positioning and how cloud impacts hardware and software sales.
  • Industry conference presentations including the Consumer Electronics Show, Cloud Computing East, Educause, and the Cloud Computing Association.

The intent of this blog is to share information and create discussion around the enterprise cloud space.

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