December 1, 2015

Do you think you already have too many clouds?

Niraj Sood

Business Development, Tieto Managed Services

The use of the cloud is growing fast. All large Nordic organisations have now implemented cloud services as part of their corporate IT. Most of them also have a growing array of cloud services introduced as shadow IT by users around the organisation. At the same time, the market for public cloud infrastructure as-a-service is in a state of upheaval.

The competitive landscape is shifting and the public cloud ecosystem is rapidly consolidating around a small number of market leaders. - It's a wild mix of private, public and hybrid clouds, added to legacy IT. Quite a mix to handle, and - from the CIO´s point of view – perhaps too many clouds already.

Managing this kind of environment effectively is challenging, as is deciding on the right mix of services from the public and private cloud.  Even if public cloud offerings have matured and many large organisations are considering moving to them, they're still not suitable for every workload.  Cloud service providers aren't making the situation any easier by launching new services non-stop. It's hard for customers to know what they actually need.

Wouldn't it be great if you could bring all your different clouds - and your legacy too - together under one umbrella? If you were able to integrate and manage them in a holistic and unified manner, and - at the same time - make it possible to deploy innovative new cloud services whenever and however you please? And do this in a safe way while offering your end users a great user experience? It sounds like a dream come true, but this is where things are headed. Eventually, there'll only be one cloud you´ll need. 

A new must-have: a hybrid cloud strategy including legacy

Let me explain in more detail. At Tieto, we foresee a fundamental change in the way cloud services are consumed in the very near future. As cloud volumes grow and more companies are looking for public and hybrid cloud alternatives, it will not be possible for them to continue ad hoc without a clear strategy in place.  A good cloud strategy will account for the entirety of the hybrid environment, including legacy IT. It will help the organisation to choose which applications should go into the public cloud and which should remain private, optimizing the mix to support the business in the best possible way.

The CIO will, of course, need the ability to integrate and manage the organisation's entire IT mix, which in turn will force service providers to make this level of integration possible regardless of whether they provide public or private cloud services. In the best case scenario, there will be a race between service providers to build the best ecosystems of services, deployed in whichever model best suits the needs of the customer.

This is exactly what Tieto is preparing for. Our goal is to create a cloud that will allow you, our corporate customers, to deploy innovative services from our open partner ecosystem (Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce, Workday etc.) quickly and easily. By approaching these issues through a SIAM model (Service Integration and Management), we will make it easy to include and retire services and vendors. It will be a technology-agnostic cloud with focus on the most used technologies worldwide and your legacy will be made a part of it - we'll take it into the cloud too, and help you make the most of your past investments. This one cloud will support all delivery models, and our role will be to guide you to mix and match public and private clouds and legacy IT assets to get the best bang for the buck.

With our One Cloud, we will provide a standard industrialised service to manage all workloads from public and private clouds. Based on the best combination of public and private and optimised from both a technical and a business perspective, the solution will be able to meet your current and future business requirements.

Basically, what you'll get is a platform for future growth, innovation and agility. You will be able to develop and test with public cloud products, and run your core business applications as a hybrid or private solution. You will be able to manage the whole via one portal in a unified manner and have access to new applications directly through open APIs. You'll get a simple, unified SLA model and you can expect availability of five 9s (99.999 per cent) by design.

Just one cloud will be enough

To return to the question in my blog title: yes, there are many clouds, and there'll be many more in the future.  But that's not something you should worry about. You shouldn't worry about what technology to use, either, because technologies come and go.

Just make sure you have a cloud strategy in place, and get a flexible cloud platform where you can easily change technology - with no vendor-lock-ins - and which can keep up with the latest innovations.

My advice? Pay attention to what's happening on the market. Soon, you'll only need one cloud: an agile and flexible hybrid environment that caters to all your needs seamlessly, just as if it was just ONE single cloud.

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Read also  Benefits of Cloud Maturity – Cloud Maturity Index 2015 and visit our web site.

 

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