Unisys believes that cloud computing should be a strategic area of focus for CIOs and senior business leaders. This is due to the overwhelming agility and economic advantages of this new model of IT delivery that touches nearly every aspect of IT. A common framework is essential for all IT service delivery models. It includes cloud, which addresses governance, security, integration, processes, policies, applications, and architecture within the context of three core areas: Applications, Data Centers, and Management.
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Cloud computing is a mission critical area of focus for many organizations leaders due to the overwhelming agility and economic advantages it offers. In fact, due to the significant cost savings compared with traditional IT deployments, many government agencies, as well as commercial organizations, now have a “cloud-first” mandate when evaluating new IT services.
Cloud computing is highly disruptive to traditional data center operations due to its on-demand, pay-per-use, flexible, and scalable model. This “instant-on” utility model for IT services is very similar to the electrical power grid as we know it today.
In addition to gaining the agility, economic, and service benefits of cloud computing, today’s organizations recognize that they will continue to maintain a majority of their on-premise infrastructure. They will also continue to operate existing applications and require methods to integrate them with services in the cloud.
These organizations typically run a variety of application workloads ranging from business-as-usual, to mission critical, to highly innovative – each with their own unique requirements for service levels and support. By their nature, these workloads have varying degrees of suitability for cloud or non-cloud deployment models. The future of the data center is therefore, a hybrid model. This hybrid model consists of internally and externally managed IT resources, some cloud and others more traditional.
By way of Unisys definition, a Hybrid Enterprise is a composition of cloud, non-cloud, internal, and external IT service delivery models. While they remain unique entities, they are bound together by an integrated management environment, and common technology, processes and policies. This enables users to optimize agility, enable data and application portability, and reduce risk.
IT workloads have highly varying requirements. Some are suited to cloud deployments and others to traditional deployments within the data center and outsourced. We believe that the Data Center of the Future will need to operate not solely in a cloud model, or in a hybrid cloud model comprised of multiple cloud entities, but in a hybrid enterprise model. This hybrid enterprise model will consist of internal and external infrastructure. The deployments will consist of both cloud and more traditionally operated – all with a mix of general purpose and specialized functions.
To address the barriers to cloud adoption and enable organizations to truly exploit the benefits of cloud computing, a Hybrid Enterprise framework will be required that comprehensively addresses strategic considerations across applications, data centers, and management. This is best done across a model that addresses cloud architecture, management and tools, security, financial models, storage, networks, IT service management, and support services.
A workload placement decision model will be required to characterize applications and drive placement decisions, so workloads can run on the optimal infrastructure. A consistent approach will be required for building and evaluating data center characteristics. This approach is one that meshes with the application modeling. It optimizes the data center footprint across cloud and non-cloud delivery models and minimizes complexity.
Finally, a single management environment will be required that provides a set of controls to manage governance, risk, compliance, services, and costs across all infrastructure types.