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Building Your Own Cloud Infrastructure

April 9, 2012 No Comments

SOURCE: The Philippine Star

Today’s IT organizations increasingly take on a service provider role within their enterprises, with many transforming from cost centers to business units.

This shift brings with it heightened accountability to internal customers and a consequent move away from the mere management of hardware toward the delivery of accurately sized workloads to meet business units’ needs.

This “provide only what’s needed” model calls for flexibility at the resource end. Cloud computing provides such flexibility and an increasing number of IT organizations are taking a serious look at adopting cloud technology.

Designed to deliver software, infrastructure and platform resources as on-demand services from a shared pool with a high degree of efficiency, cloud computing is inherently flexible.

This enables IT organizations — and even users themselves — to provide/requisition the exact computing power and capacity needed to dynamically support products and services.

Moreover, having a cloud infrastructure also allows enterprises to leverage third-party cloud services such as hosted software or offsite disaster recovery with nil or minimal capital investment.

Understanding IT infrastructure options is the critical first step of any journey into the cloud. Cloud technology is necessarily flexible so one size definitely does not fit all.

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