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Written by Jon Bradbury, Partner at The Berkeley Partnership, for Computer Business Review.
Most companies have already been through a first phase of driving cost efficiency in their IT infrastructure, taking measures such as consolidating their global data centres and outsourcing infrastructure operations. However, according to the hype at least, the cloud promises to offer a whole new wave of cost reductions, efficiency savings and service improvements.
But are cloud services really ready for the big time? By which I mean not just for supporting the odd website, but for big, mission-critical, transactional systems (eg ERP) for top-tier, global companies?
Well, my answer is an unequivocal (if still cautious!) yes. This is based on working with two clients - a FTSE 250 manufacturer and a FTSE 250 consumer goods company, both global brands and household names - on programmes to move their data centres to the cloud.
Of course, cloud is one of those terms, like Big Data, that is used to describe a very wide range of services. I am talking here primarily about the virtual private cloud or the private cloud - with VPC arguably offering the most promising 'best of both worlds' combination, many of the cost and agility benefits of public cloud, but with the control, tailoring, security and risk mitigation benefits of traditional hosting.
The full article can be read here.
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There is lots of hype around Cloud, and confusion between public and private Clouds and what they can offer. But navigate that successfully, and there are some genuine and exciting benefits to be realised by migrating data centre operations to a Cloud-based approach.
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