Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is evolving. For years, its ability to scale up resources quickly and cost efficiently has been touted as the main benefit to businesses.
But the dynamics are changing, with the latest generation of IaaS bringing a new level of speed to business operations at a much lower cost. And not only that – IaaS also offers the flexibility to handle the broadest possible range of applications and data with minimal management.
These capabilities are crucial for businesses that want to try new things, expand into new areas and innovate. Their technology infrastructure needs to be fast, responsive, and appropriate so the business can tap into the new seam it has discovered as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Organizations have long known that providing the necessary servers, networks, storage and associated paraphernalia in house is time consuming and expensive – not to mention the ongoing requirements to patch, update and ensure everything meets legal and regulatory requirements.
A well implemented enterprise cloud set-up always runs on the latest patches, is always legal, and is always ready to be put to work. It is scalable and hospitable to existing services, as well as new services that need to be added.
However, a lack of openness at the IaaS end has been a consistent problem for organizations when implementing a fully integrated enterprise cloud model. This can be very limiting, closing off choices rather than opening them up.
A lack of openness at the IaaS end has been a consistent problem for organizations when implementing a fully integrated enterprise cloud model.
For instance, any organization that selects Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud-based compute has just one choice of cloud database for analytics which can’t be hosted by any other IaaS provider.
Oracle CTO Larry Ellison recently said this arrangement is more like an old-fashioned closed mainframe service than a modern, open IaaS service – and it’s easy to see what he means. Cloud providers should strive to make it easier – not harder – for organizations to chop and change, to scale up and down, to import and export as they see fit.
Cloud providers should strive to make it easier – not harder – for organizations to chop and change, to scale up and down, to import and export as they see fit.
Without the best possible platform and software services, a cloud implementation will falter, in the same way as a house will be weaker if, despite excellent underpinning, its floors and fittings are of poor quality. It’s this line of thinking that saw Oracle recently launch more than 20 new cloud platform and application services.
Openness is crucial, and that’s why we also provide third party support.
It is the responsibility of cloud providers to give businesses the tools they need, and cloud service providers should take the strain of cloud deployment so the business can get on with doing its core work.
Our new Ravello Cloud Service is the first cloud service that lets organizations run VMware and Kernel-based Virtual Machine workloads in the public cloud without any changes. This makes it easy for organizations that use VMWare for workloads to test and develop new ideas in the way that works best for them.
The benefits of working with IaaS can be built on further through integration with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), which integrates various cloud services and allows businesses to virtualize processes such as web application development.
Organizations understand the importance of a flexible cloud infrastructure in helping them respond to the demands of modern business. It is the responsibility of cloud providers to give businesses the tools they need, and cloud service providers should take the strain of cloud deployment – across the range of infrastructure, platform and software services – so the business can get on with doing its core work.
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