Rapid deployment, reduced up-front capital expenditure, enhanced security and disaster recovery capabilities are all cited as some of the many benefits of moving to the cloud. These Cloud-computing benefits are increasingly proving themselves in deployments in the majority of all market sectors. IDC has cited an abundance of compelling reasons why organizations are adopting cloud solutions, with the top objectives being: reducing cost through data center environments (hardware and software purchasing, staff head count, and pay-for-use consumption models to increase utilization), increasing revenue by deploying and scaling applications faster to meet business demands, and the ability and agility to respond quickly to changing needs.

The definition of cloud computing as defined by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology is as follows:

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, 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.”

So Why a Cloud? Organizations have a variety of objectives when driven to implement a private cloud, purchase public cloud services, or combination (hybrid) of both.

  • Accelerate the realization of results and gain immediate access to infrastructure resources using implementation-ready delivery models
  • Achieve economies of scale through resource consolidation
  • Adaptable to dynamic workloads
  • Effectively manage Big Data
  • Enable end-user self-service
  • Enable organization to focus on core-business by offloading specific IT overhead
  • IT-as-a-Service model: Only pay for operational/business expenses needed
  • Maximize virtualized infrastructure
  • Rapidly deploy applications
  • Scale workloads quickly and seamlessly without costly development or complex overhead
  • Technology-forward > ability to leverage technology that would be difficult to implement in your own data center (GPU, Hadoop, etc.)
Data storage is a key component and foundational element of any cloud-computing model and serves specific purposes:
  • Archive and records management > Available and recoverable long-term, immutable data retention supporting compliance and litigation
  • Data protection > Backup/Restore, business/data continuity, data replication
  • General purpose storage > Multi-purpose, on-line data storage for daily or periodic use
Regardless of the cloud type and intended use, the cloud storage infrastructure requirements remain consistent:
  • Consistent, persistent, high-performance
  • Comprehensive, multi-tenant reporting capabilities
  • Effective resource sharing
  • Elastic and agile enabling transparent scaling and service on-demand requests
  • Flexible integration with billing/chargeback system(s)
  • High-availability and robust business continuity data protection
  • Multi-tenant security
  • Optimized interoperability with virtualized servers
  • Simple automated management and provisioning

So if your organization is simply looking to replace your aging hardware, or are unhappy with your existing Managed Services Provider, or just want to understand the savings of a Cloud-hosted IT model, CUC can help you achieve your goals. Contact CUC today for more information.