Many companies today require high-power computing but lack the expertise or an in-house staff that can develop and manage solutions. For this reason, many businesses have turned to infrastructure-as-a-service clouds to meet cumbersome IT demands.
Cloud focus is on the enterprise
New technology, big data and more sophisticated computing methods are required in today's enterprise environment. Tech giants that offer cloud solutions are gearing their services toward the enterprise, as seen in Amazon Web Services second annual cloud user conference last week.
"Sprinkled throughout the conference have been not just hints, but overt declarations by company officials that Amazon's cloud is ready for enterprises," according to Network World's Brandon Butler.
While the public cloud has begun its shift into the enterprise environment, the real question is whether business are ready or not to adopt such platforms. Security remains a prominent concern regarding services offered by tech giants, where they have become targets for massive data mining and collection.
Alternatively, IaaS provides more secure cloud computing solutions. As organizations increasingly encounter problems associated with ageing IT infrastructure, the prospect of replacing physical equipment is an expensive one. The underperformance of legacy technology has led many businesses to inquire about solutions that cloud service providers offer, and these solutions have had major impacts from daily corporate operations to the duties of CTOs.
Changing roles of CTOs
Companies that have adopted enterprise IaaS clouds have not only saved significantly on capital expenditures, but the virtualization of consolidation of enterprise servers and data centers have provided CTOs with more time and an enhanced role in business IT.
"Now the CTO is wearing many more hats than they initially signed up for," Abacus director Jason Elmer stated, according to TechRepublic. "The CTO must improve operations, evaluate software, manage vendors, while doing more with less, as technology budgets have gotten tight."
The alignment of enterprise and IT is valuable for both sides of the business. Once primarily isolated, CTOs have gained more influence over business decisions as they've become more transparent.
Enterprise-class cloud computing has improved IT in larger corporations where CTOs and CIOs are important assets. However, in smaller organizations that lack sufficient in-house capabilities, outsourcing IT services to IaaS cloud providers or utilizing a white-label solutions are more cost-effective, scalable and secure methods of advanced computing.
Many companies are uncomfortable implementing systems that migrate their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud, especially if they lack the ability to do so. The advantages of using cloud service providers to deploy IaaS solutions not only simplify the process and make the transition smoother, but improve the capabilities of IT within the enterprise to do more with less.