Cloud has finally reached maturity, and many organisations are now able to embrace the benefits because a mix of different models exists to fit their needs, according to the CTO of NaviSite.
David Grimes told V3 ahead of the V3 Cloud & Infrastructure event next week that cloud has now moved from its early adopter stage into a mature platform.
“We’ve reached maturity for cloud. The positives and negatives are known and businesses can now make an informed decision,” he said.
“[Organisations] can develop a cloud strategy because they know what cloud is and that it's not going to change tomorrow, and they can understand what makes sense to move to the cloud and what does not.”
Grimes explained that a big part of this is because there are many more types of cloud model available now, from pure pay-as-you-go models from the likes of AWS and Azure, to more hybrid models from companies such as NaviSite that offer managed services, including hosting firms’ infrastructure in their data centre.
“We have a cloud platform and we offer that traditional pay-as-you-go elastic cloud model, but we also offer the option to host and manage infrastructure because rarely is it an advantage for firms to run their own data centre,” he said.
Additionally, many firms are now much more savvy about their use of the cloud to improve business operations, and are not just doing it for the sake of it.
“The most important thing for customers is to understand why they are adopting cloud. From a business perspective you have to understand what you are trying to achieve,” Grimes said.
One upshot of this, according to Grimes, is that IT staff will take on more responsibilities for understanding business operations, rather than just keeping the lights on.
“People are starting to realise that there is so much untapped value in the data that exists, but in the past IT teams didn’t have the time to think about how you could use it," he said.
“But now IT can start to see things a bit more and say to the business: ‘Hey, there is so much more we could do with this if we analyse it properly.'”
Grimes admitted that this may require a “pivot” in how more traditional IT roles have functioned but will grow as cloud uptake and its benefits increase.
Grimes will be at the V3 Summit next week with a talk entitled Hybrid Management for Hybrid Clouds. To watch his presentation simply sign up for the event, free of charge. This will also allow you to watch a mix of other end-user and vendor presentations and our two live panel debates.
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