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Cloud is Not a Matter of If, But How Much and How Fast

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During the last 18 months, Cisco has been conducting customer round tables and research to uncover the themes driving enterprises to transition their network storage and compute infrastructures to the cloud. One of Cisco's forecasts, based on this information, is that 15% of IT workloads will migrate to a cloud-based infrastructure by 2013.

In this video, Chris Osika (Senior Director of Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group Sevices Provider Practice) shares 4 emerging themes in relation to the cloud:

In summary, the four themes are:

  1. Sheer Impact. In the past, it could take up to 45 days to provision a server. Now, companies are reporting an hour or less with data center virtualization. That's a pretty dramatic change.

  2. Organizational Change. Companies are addressing the need to re-align in a functional way to take advantage of of virtualization and cloud. When they do so, they are able to enact a fully holistic business transformation.

  3. The Ability to Flex. Virtualization with cloud computing not only allows companies to flex compute and storage resources, but to flex the network to reap rewards of economy.

  4. Virtual Desktops (VDI) Enter the Discussion. Whereas in the past, the discussion of VDI was limited, it's now included in conversations about the impact cloud computing can have on the overall enterprise.

Do these themes ring a belll with your company? What other themes do you see emerging  in relation to accelrating your company's presence in the cloud?

 

During the last 18 months, Cisco has been conducting customer round tables and research to uncover the themes driving enterprises to transition their network storage and compute infrastructures to the cloud. One of Cisco's forecasts, based on this information, is that 15% of IT workloads will migrate to a cloud-based infrastructure by 2013.

In this video, Chris Osika (Senior Director of Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group Sevices Provider Practice) shares 4 emerging themes in relation to the cloud:

In summary, the four themes are:

  1. Sheer Impact. In the past, it could take up to 45 days to provision a server. Now, companies are reporting an hour or less with data center virtualization. That's a pretty dramatic change.

  2. Organizational Change. Companies are addressing the need to re-align in a functional way to take advantage of of virtualization and cloud. When they do so, they are able to enact a fully holistic business transformation.

  3. The Ability to Flex. Virtualization with cloud computing not only allows companies to flex compute and storage resources, but to flex the network to reap rewards of economy.

  4. Virtual Desktops (VDI) Enter the Discussion. Whereas in the past, the discussion of VDI was limited, it's now included in conversations about the impact cloud computing can have on the overall enterprise.

Do these themes ring a belll with your company? What other themes do you see emerging  in relation to accelrating your company's presence in the cloud?

 

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