As the first generation of enterprise cloud's early adopters seek to leverage their initial integration into even more agile and cost-effective solutions, the market for multi-service and multi-cloud providers is on the rise. Additionally, as the success stories of early cloud integration gain more traction in the public eye, more businesses seek out strategies for greater immersion in the cloud. This is good news for the cloud market, according to Data Center Knowledge contributor Jason Verge, including cloud service providers, adopters and cloud resellers.
"Providers need to enable everything from physical space to virtual machines, be it through partnerships, ecosystems or providing it directly," he wrote.
Companies are increasingly likely to put a significant chunk of critical business concerns and IT infrastructure into the cloud, recognizing that consolidating many of their business needs in the services of an outside provider forges a one stop shop that is easy to manage on the back end and allows for greater flexibility and agility on the front end. In particular, the as-a-service solutions are seeing greater widespread use, as they provide necessary hardware and software needs at a fraction of the cost and can keep them secure, updated and running smoothly. IaaS clouds are one such popular solution, as they forge a tight, well-maintained convergence of cloud applications and business tools, and offer the supportive framework for a high-functioning ecosystem.
Enterprise cloud replaces legacy systems, ideas
One of the benefits of the cloud is that it can replace legacy systems at a low cost, without engendering an entirely new generation of tools and hardware that will grow more outdated over time. Enterprise clouds offer adopters the chance to escape from this traditional paradigm, in which one more developed system was substituted for the the outmoded one, and personnel and related services had to change as well in order to keep up.
Legacy ideas can be just as constrictive to development as legacy systems. Although they lack the tangibility of an outdated piece of hardware or an insecure software solution, traditional ideas about a business' readiness to evolve and legacy concerns that prioritize verticals to the detriment of a more egalitarian philosophy can hold a business back, according to Talkin' Cloud. On the other hand, prudence is still a valuable business quality when jumping into a new technology. Throwing caution to the wind may help a startup get off the ground, but a larger business has to play an important role in developing internally to adjust for infrastructure changes. Enterprise clouds have evolved to meet the demands and concerns of both of these business leaders, Verge stated. The extra services that CSPs can offer may change traditional mindsets and make the transition a smoother one.
Becoming a VAR cloud provider is another notion that represents a challenge to traditional models. Reselling cloud services may not be the type of business decision in a company's initial playbook, but as a reseller it can reap benefits in industry reputation and profits, while making its own organization more flexible and agile.