Ten Reasons Why Enterprise Cloud Is the Future of IT

Enterprise cloud has a bright future in IT, and for good reasons. Here’s a look at ten reasons why enterprise cloud is the future of IT:

  1. A brand new economic model: Your old legacy‐based IT economic model is no longer sufficient. With enterprise cloud, you can adopt the pay‐as‐you‐go characteristics of the public cloud while providing a common foundation upon which to run both legacy and new‐style apps.
  2. A focus on the end‐user: Your users are demanding new services, and you may not even know it. Until you discover why your users are deploying shadow IT systems, you may not understand their needs. An enterprise cloud can help you better focus your efforts on addressing the deficiencies seen by end‐users.
  3. Faster response from IT: IT has a perception of being slow, especially when compared with cloud providers, who can instantly deploy new infrastructure for you. With enterprise cloud, you gain the ability to provide instant infrastructure for your business users.
  4. Refocusing IT on the business: The 80/20 rule can become the 20/80 rule if you do things right. Enterprise cloud can help you to make this shift. You can tailor your IT department’s services to activities that generate revenue rather than simply keeping the lights on.
  5. Public cloud simply makes sense: You get built‐in economies of scale, instant deployment, and powerful management tools. Enterprise cloud can help you gain these abilities with your own infrastructure.
  6. Private cloud simply makes sense: You know that public cloud doesn’t always address issues such as data locality, security, and compliance in a way that works well for your company. However, private cloud does so. By deploying enterprise cloud, you get the best parts of both public and private cloud, with the ability to seamlessly use both depending on application needs.
  7. The trends are on your side: Lots of trends came together to make enterprise cloud viable. You needed fast storage, which you get through flash. You needed the ability to deploy hardware in an economical way, which you get through commodity hardware. These trends have coalesced to enable enterprise cloud deployments.
  8. Choice is key: Any cloud any time. Your organization needs a choice of where to run workloads. You shouldn’t be forced into a single public cloud provider. With the right enterprise cloud foundation, you choose the cloud and don’t end up with workloads trapped somewhere.
  9. You need to think beyond bimodal IT: This book helps you understand why bimodal IT isn’t necessarily the best path forward for the long term. With enterprise cloud, you get the outcomes promised by bimodal IT without worrying about the inefficiencies that this model can introduce.
  10. Users are pretty smart: Your users are far ahead of where they were a few years ago. Your infrastructure environment must reflect this fact by enabling user selfservice and automation, both of which are supported in an enterprise cloud scenario.