Operating within such a cloud ecosystem will allow CIOs the freedom of choice to combine public and private clouds, as well as services and platforms from independent software vendors, in any combination. CIOs can choose what and where to connect, blend together their private assets or add services and infrastructure from third-parties. They can scale capacity up and down, turn services on and off, and move to the cloud at a pace that they are most comfortable with.
Through such a system, CIOs gain full control and have oversight of the entire cloud infrastructure. They can fine-tune the technology and create solutions to suit their individual organisational needs. They can see where their resources are deployed at any one time and have the flexibility to make changes easily.
With greater control, CIOs are freed up from expending energy and time on the concerns and issues that plague them when they transit to the cloud. This includes not having to worry about securing data and network, managing hybrid clouds and multiple providers, application performance, or complying with regulation. They can focus on more strategic issues that matter such as innovation, business outcomes and customer relationships.
The art of connecting in the cloud
Not every organisation, however, has the ability to develop such a network that offers security and connectivity on an industrial scale. Bringing together a rich mix of cloud services and infrastructure into an integrated cloud service model where everything works seamlessly, is a hefty challenge. It takes creativity, special skills, technical expertise and good relationships with multiple cloud service providers. It is an art as well as a science, what we call the art of connecting.
For organisations without their own end-to-end network, the best way to guarantee cloud performance is to leverage the established global networks and infrastructure of partners. They will need strong partners who can serve as their trusted brokers, with the ability to integrate all the moving parts together and manage the entire journey to the cloud.
Keeping the plates spinning
As the next digital age dawns upon us, businesses that reap the full benefits of the cloud will gain a sharper competitive edge and progress faster than their peers. Transitioning to the cloud however, is a big commitment and CIOs must be completely confident that delivery will meet expectations. Setting it up is one thing. Keeping it all working satisfactorily day in, day out, is quite another. Taking on a Cloud of Clouds vision will empower organisations to harness the possibilities and drive tangible business results from the cloud.
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