Cloud Services, Economics and You!

By | September 27, 2011

I’ve seen various bits of content today from Cisco and from VCE that got me thinking about something I posted a while ago on Twitter. Typically, Twitter’s search function is preventing me from finding it again right now, but it went something like this:

Commit to what you use everyday, source the rest from compatible Service Providers

So what does that mean?

Of course, I was talking about the procurement model that you should use for cloud services. Contracting for your baseline of steady-state demand and sourcing the seasonal, cyclical or burst capacity from a suitably flexible service provider. This is naturally a lot easier to articulate than it is to implement!

I’ve got every intention of writing a series of posts very soon that will explore a few very important cloud-related themes in a lot more detail, but in summary these will be about:

  1. the modernisation of IT infrastructure using virtualisation as an enabler to improve flexibility, and efficiency and to lower costs
  2. transition and re-platforming of tier 1 applications onto virtualised infrastructure
  3. development of a new generation of cloud-ready applications that are written to make the best use of the cloud infrastructure
  4. the transformation of the client environment from also exclusively a desktop PC environment to concurrent access from a mix of mobile devices and fixed terminals delivering applications from a blend of different sources including VDI, client-server and SaaS applications
I will come back to these in more detail over the coming weeks.

However, to get back onto the topic of this post, the third of these points is the key to taking advantage of the flexible economic model that I’m talking about exploiting here.

In order to enable organisations to fully exploit the economic benefits of a hybrid sourcing model with a proportion of fixed capacity and autonomic scaling when additional capacity is needed, the applications need to be able to drive the scale out of the infrastructure with zero or minimal human intervention. Tricky, but still possible.

They’ll be more on all of the topics that I’ve touched on in this post soon.

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