Clouds are hardware-based services offering compute, network and storage capacity where: hardware management is highly abstracted from users; users incur infrastructure costs as variable operating expenses, and infrastructure capacity is highly elastic. There are many enabling technologies for a cloud platform including: virtual machines, virtual storage and web services. Clouds may be private, public or a hybrid of both public and private.
For many, the business model of the cloud allows organizations to:
- Cut costs and implement green initiatives
- Eliminate large upfront expenses for new hardware and software
- Employ disaster recovery and business continuity policies company-wide
- Eliminate the additional resources, burden and cost associated with ongoing system management
Some possible use cases for the cloud:
- Initial use for backup and disaster protection
- Initial use for purchase of SaaS
- Move some less critical applications and data to a combination of public and private cloud
- Longer term- move more critical applications to private cloud
Contact Broadleaf to get a better understanding of use of the cloud and what type of cloud strategy might make sense for your environment.