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Boosting business agility

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Pascal Giraud,
Senior Director for Technology & Cloud Platform,
EMEA, Oracle @PGiraud13


Boosting business agility with Compute Services

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The secret to what makes a modern business successful often gets boiled down to one word: agility. As one Forrester analyst put it: ‘only the agile company can survive’. This statement makes perfect sense; agility means, for example, that businesses can respond quickly to customer demand and out-compete the market. But while most businesses can clearly see the merits of agility, the path to achieving it might appear more opaque. However, we firmly believe the essence of agility can be clearly defined, and companies can put in place a roadmap towards it. The key lies in utilising cloud-based Compute Services.

Pascal Giraud

Pascal Giraud, Senior Director for Technology & Cloud Platform, EMEA

This idea is one that some businesses are not immediately comfortable with; due to the way IT has traditionally been run. Data centers and other IT infrastructure have up until very recently always been located on-premises and maintained by the in-house IT department. With such deeply ingrained processes and operations it can be hard to consider a completely new approach where businesses entrust these essential resources to the public cloud. However, the fact is that the price points and maturity of cloud-based compute resources mean that it makes perfect business sense for companies to outsource this technology and its management to cloud specialists; not least because it enables the very agility that these businesses need.

 While most businesses can clearly see the merits of agility, the path to achieving it might appear more opaque. We firmly believe the essence of agility can be clearly defined, and companies can put in place a roadmap towards it. The key lies in utilising cloud-based Compute Services. 

The fact is that Compute Services are about the lifecycle of the enterprise. The provisioning of resources that comprise Compute Services, such as compute, storage, networking and security, must therefore reflect the realities of business operations which include both planned and unplanned activities.

Over the course of a business year or planning period, for example, growth will happen in fits and starts and often in surprising ways; successful businesses will find themselves regularly dealing with new clients, new operations, new products and new markets, all of which in one way or another will demand compute resources. Equally, there may be some areas in which there is less activity and where compute capabilities can be scaled down. This is where the cloud model comes into its own: by taking Compute Services, businesses can easily accommodate all forms of business change, whether that is growth, a change of focus, or even recession.

 By taking Compute Services, businesses can easily accommodate all forms of business change, whether that is growth, a change of focus, or even recession. 

The power of cloud-based Compute Services, particular when integrated with Cloud Platform technology, stems from scalability and flexibility. For example, the best Compute Services enable businesses to easily create as many virtual machines (VMs) as they want with the necessary storage and networking resources; allowing them to run all of their applications – including those built on a Cloud Platform – on the VMs. Moreover, user-friendly interfaces mean that business users are able to manage and scale their VM topology in the cloud with a just few clicks of the mouse.

 Importantly, the best Compute Services will not only give businesses the virtualized hardware they need, but also allow them to make the most of in-house applications developed on Cloud Platforms while continuing to use their legacy software licences; helping these businesses achieve full ROI on existing investments. 

Importantly, the best Compute Services will not only give businesses the virtualized hardware they need, but also allow them to make the most of in-house applications developed on Cloud Platforms while continuing to use their legacy software licences; helping these businesses achieve full ROI on existing investments.

By making use of Compute Services in conjunction with other cloud capabilities, organizations are now able to embrace complete agility. Rather than being tied to software licences and proprietary, on-premises equipment, Compute Services free the business; allowing them to shape their IT infrastructure to meet evolving needs across the business lifecycle. Businesses can now create new virtual machine environments in minutes and tear them down when not needed, meaning that the IT infrastructure can adapt to fit the workload, rather than dictating what the workload should be.


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