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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.


About Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott is a thought leader, cloud strategist 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 currently works for NetApp as their cloud strategist and evangelist. 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: • 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. • Presentation at the International Forum on Innovation and Emerging Industries Development in Shanghai, China


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