“The definition of cloud is the on-demand consumption of resources that often exist beyond the organisation itself” begins Allan King.
Allan is the managing director of Infront The Hybrid Cloud Company.
“That to me characterises two discrete qualities. One is agility, and the other is financial transparency” he continues.
“The cloud revolution gave us the self-service consumption of resources. It has also changed the perception of what IT can offer.”
Along with that financial transparency, you now only pay for the specific IT resources that you use.
“Cloud has also challenged IT to move quickly.”
The use of cloud “improves accessibility, and it means a faster time to market than was previously achievable. We can turn things on quickly that once took months to deliver.”
That also means less disruption.
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“The cloud today, for the enterprises that use it, is a strategy that they can employ to engage with the challenges that many organisations are dealing with.”
He also believes that you benefit from viewing the IT capacity and the business as a whole, rather than separately.
“We can ask ourselves some questions. Is cloud complex? Yes. Does it give us an advantage? Yes, if used appropriately. Is it a technological challenge? It’s more one of finance and opportunity. Can we change, build, manage and secure it in the IT world. Yes.”
“Can we do it in the ways of the past? No. The agility, security, management of resources, and moving around that agility is a challenge because it’s moving too quick.”
“How do we solve that? For enterprises or government to appreciate cloud, they need to recognise that it implements a platform that allows governance, versus the products that have existed in the market for a long time that are unable to address these challenges” because they weren’t developed with cloud in mind.
“With regards to Infront, how do we make this transition to cloud? We’ve developed the people, tools and processes necessary to form an organisation that can optimise the organisation of the cloud’s delivery. We are transforming the way it is used and managed.”
“It enables business to make the transition to cloud. By leveraging the investments we’ve made in cloud over the years, we can accelerate their delivery from months to years.”
“We have developed our own platform and processes. It results in lower risk. There’s a lot of implied risk with IT, and we provide control and lower-risk options.”
More information about their Innovation Exchange for a hybrid cloud model can be seen at www.infront.net.au/infronts-innovation-exchange