Businesses with I/O intensive databases and file systems need the freedom to move and grow within their existing infrastructure. Not all businesses have the resources to do this and conclude that they will suffer financial loss because of their inability to meet customer needs. Rackspace’s cloud block storage can provide the resources they require. This type of storage allows a business to utilize standard volumes during the times when they prefer to maintain rather than expand storage capacity. Standard volumes work well for everyday file system needs, and SSD volumes help databases and other I/O-intensive applications perform better. Both standard and SSD volumes are compatible with next-generation Cloud Servers of any kind, and payment only for provisioned block storage is required.
IT departments are delivering services in a new way. Cloud computing has contributed to this change and resulted in decreasing operational budgets for IT. Focus has changed to designing and building apps and innovations.
There are downsides to movement to the cloud. One especially blatant example is discontinuities and disparities among systems that contribute to unanticipated overhead costs. Such situations can be avoided by creating comprehensive cloud strategies. Implementation should deliver business benefits, not business headaches. A vendor neutral consolidation of disparate cloud apps can enable business to benefit by cloud while obtaining the fastest results.
A solution like this enables businesses to define their cloud computing vision. They can incorporate an architecture, application and infrastructure management focusing on usability and customer service.
Supportive and knowledgeable cloud partners can help organizations move away from cloud sprawl and into a structured life cycle approach. A collaborative and holistic approach must deliver a consistent, flexible and managed experience. At the same time, it must provide the flexibility productive teams need. The ultimate goal will achieve the insights and cost efficiencies healthy businesses require.
Executives recognize that cloud means very efficient IT and much more. With the cloud, it’s easy to support and manage new business models. One manufacturing CFO described its positive impact on manufacturing traceability and quality with deployment of cloud based ERP. Employees also had superior access and control with mobile and electronic workflow.
A hospitality company recommends the mobility solutions their team uses when meeting clients around the world. It has enabled their sales directors to function most effectively. Creating a cloud infrastructure to support different roles helped create successful situations team wide.
Several executives appreciated how cloud enabled them to create new information-based products and services, as well as facilitating their distribution. McNee, CTO of a large media company, indicated how cloud services distribution is as an effective solution as the post office was a century ago. Our digital delivery platforms — smartphone, web and tablet — rely on services, software and infrastructure for rapid delivery.
Users can acquire new cloud technology quickly and at a monthly fee. This technology will rapidly allow them to respond to changing customer needs while enabling them to empower a mobile workforce and deploy data wherever and whenever it’s needed.
Business Insider advises switching to management that works from the bottom up, rather from than the top down. Leadership that is focused on the outcome, decision characteristics, and the culture of the organization, rather than on specific decision-making or work review, will be more successful in today’s rapid changing environment.