What is a cloud? And how do you know whether you’ve fully embraced this latest trend in information technology?
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) :
"Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction."
As part of its definition, NIST defines five essential characteristics of a cloud: on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service.
But how do you really know if you are part of the cloud revolution (or evolution)?
You will know your IT environment is on its way to cloud computing and operating an efficient shared infrastructure when you start realizing some of the following value from your IT infrastructure:
Whether or not you currently get or deliver IT as a service, there are clear advantages to moving in that direction. It all boils down to this: Cloud computing, or IT as a service, provides massive economies of scale. With cloud computing, you get more IT capacity for less money because the infrastructure is shared across multiple clients or projects. Sharing resources brings per-user costs down.
If you’d like to learn how you can get extreme flexibility, serve multiple clients on a single platform, enable service automation to meet stringent SLAs, provide always-on infrastructure to your users, maximize IT efficiency, all while providing integrated data protection, we can help.
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