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Why We Need to Change the Cloud Conversation

By Dave Scott, Solutions Director, NTT Com Managed Services

Too many articles are devoted to explaining the virtues of private and public cloud infrastructures. Often the explanation is about the agility of public clouds and how they enable innovation and faster time-to-market, while private clouds are characterized as on-premises solutions for those who need control and comply with strict regulations.

In reality, the argument goes both ways. Our recent whitepaper “Going Hybrid: Demand for Cloud and Managed Services Across Asia-Pacific”, based on an independent study conducted by 451 Research of more than 400 IT decision makers representing Asia’s largest businesses in key vertical markets, noted that many companies are choosing their cloud migration routes based on application workload or business requirements. They are also starting their cloud journeys with the technology providers know best, creating an interesting path for cloud journeys.

Shaping Cloud Development

According to the whitepaper, when businesses choose to start with a private cloud platform, they often select a technology provider they already worked for their internal IT needs.

The reason is such platforms are often tied into other critical systems, such as management tools, virtualization systems, security tools, procurement and provisioning systems. Ensuring interoperability between the private cloud and these mission-critical systems requires intimate knowledge that existing IT solution providers would already have.

As a result, more private cloud solution providers are playing significant roles in the development of the hybrid cloud. It is also why when respondents named a wide variety of vendors for software supporting on-premises private cloud, including Microsoft, VMware, Oracle, Cisco, HPE, IBM and Dell EMC topping the list.

Get Ready for Technology Providers

Two technology providers feature as the most favored vendor for private clouds: Microsoft and VMware. Both companies have, in turn, made significant announcements for hybrid cloud offerings.

The study noted that 46 percent of the enterprises surveyed use commercial private cloud software from Microsoft and VMware. Their ability to run on commodity x86 servers or converged systems was a key attraction to the respondents.

Both Microsoft and VMware have also shored up their cloud offerings as they look to maximize their current advantage. For example, Microsoft Azure Stack, the on-premises version of the company's public cloud, allows companies to build private clouds using familiar environments. It will enable companies to easily store sensitive data on-premises while running workloads on the public cloud for scalability.

VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers an enterprise-class software-defined data center (SDDC) on AWS cloud, with an extension to the IBM Cloud. It allows workloads to run on private, public or hybrid clouds.

Each solution has its pros and cons. Choosing the right one will depend on many factors; chief among them will be your expertise and operating environment. If you already have a team that is familiar with Microsoft Azure, it is only natural to take the Microsoft private cloud route.

Whatever the choice, these technology providers will continue to play a more significant role as on-premises private clouds continue to evolve as critical components of hybrid cloud strategies.

Start with Your Business Needs

Often, people tend to fixate on whether they should begin their cloud journey with private or public clouds. The correct question should be what kind of cloud your business needs. There is no single blueprint for cloud across all companies since every organization is unique.

Reframing the above question and answering it requires an in-depth knowledge of your current IT infrastructure as well as the people and processes in your company. Moving to the cloud is not going to make your business more agile if not all three are ready.

However, it is not an easy question to answer. Many enterprise IT infrastructure environments have grown organically with very few conducting annual IT audits. Many business applications are also not ready for the cloud environment – especially when it comes to migrating licenses or changing the hosting environment. Besides, cloud knowledge and expertise are expensive to acquire. Despite these challenges, businesses see the need to be agile and staying relevant by moving to the cloud.

So, many are choosing to work with a managed services provider (MSP) who has deep experience in both public and private clouds and creating a path toward hybrid cloud infrastructure.

An experienced MSP can help you to adopt the right cloud technology and create the right hybrid cloud strategy for your business. More importantly, they can offer valuable advice, solutions, and guidance when you face roadblocks along your path to the cloud.

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NTT Communications solves the world’s technology challenges by helping enterprises overcome complexity and risk in their ICT environments with managed IT infrastructure solutions. These solutions are backed by our worldwide infrastructure, including industry leading, global tier-1 public and private networks reaching over 190 countries/regions, and more than 400,000m² of the world’s most advanced data center facilities. Our global professional services teams provide consultation and architecture for the resiliency and security required for your business success, and our scale and global capabilities are unsurpassed. Combined with NTT Data, NTT Security, NTT DOCOMO and Dimension Data, we are NTT Group.

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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