The parameters for measuring business competitiveness has changed with the emergence of Cloud computing. Rapid innovation has become the mantra and adoption of newer technologies the way to go. The growth of the Internet and Cloud applications has expanded market reach and that has resulted in the demand for new products and services. The process has created cost management pressures and refocused organizations’ goal on business practices around supply chain management, agile development, and continuous build, and deploy options for applications for faster turn rounds. It is expected that these pressures will continue to grow, and innovation will continue to be hailed as the way to stay ahead of the competition.
It is clear from the above discussion that CIOs and IT managers have to deliver competitive service to their lines of business. The approach demands technological innovation at a minimal cost with ability to meet the rapidly changing requirements of the organization.
The Cloud postulates two solutions to the CIOs problem.
First, it uses an architectural approach and takes abstraction of virtualization to a whole new level. It abstracts the application layer from the underlying infrastructure and isolates the deployment of applications from procurement of resources. This creates an extraordinary level of flexibility in the data center and increases the utilization of existing resources.
Second, it uses a consumption approach to computing and standardizes and automates applications for rapid provisioning of services. As a result, businesses can consume resources on demand. Interestingly, IT control over resources is never diluted and the business acquires unprecedented agility.
Cloud configurations can be varied to meet and match the needs of the organization. Cloud infrastructures can be built within the enterprise firewall to constitute a private Cloud. It can be hosted with a service provider for enterprise access as a Public Cloud. Varying combinations of the public or private configurations can be used to create a hybrid Cloud. All these Clouds and the information contained therein can be protected, and secured using military grade or bank grade cryptographic algorithms that are user-defined or machine generated and impregnable, just like Securstore’s solution, which is powered by FISP 140-2 certified Asigra Cloud backup and recovery.
It is, therefore, not surprising that CIOs are eager to explore the potential of the Cloud and exploit its potential.