Reflecting on an exciting week at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, it was very interesting to hear what is on customers’ minds. With the many announcements around how Amazon is empowering the ecosystem to help companies adopt the cloud on their terms, many of the 19,000 attendees and IT professionals filled the expo hall to learn how traditional services can be built and migrated for cloud use.
Some of the leading topics of interest included service delivery and on-demand usage, application management and infrastructure provisioning. In focusing on managing workloads that are delivered on top of the stack, we continue to see a trend towards automated provisioning of shared infrastructure to support applications that are deployed on a frequent basis. Previously, IT organizations would typically deploy monolithic single-tier workloads infrequently on top of traditional infrastructure however, with the increased amount of data, end-user consumption and readily available platforms provisioned within minutes, people are starting to rethink how both applications and resources are architected. Hence, so many are considering public cloud and service provider offerings.
With ElasticBox being a key platform for building an IT service catalog of applications, components and infrastructure, there is a compelling scenario for both application owners and traditional enterprise IT personnel to extend their datacenters to support private and public cloud environments. By enabling applications to be architected with consistent platforms being provided, enterprises are excited about the possibilities of delivering services versus dedicated one-to-one applications for end users.
Since this trend appears to be growing at a rapid pace, the time to value for IT is shortened and business results highlights the value of service catalogs, standardization of application deployments in production and ongoing management capabilities. Simplifying the life for enterprise IT and leadership teams is easily achieved and measured via availability, minimal errors in services and securing corporate IP through policies and control. Understanding that these are very attractive goals for organizations, the journey is just getting started towards building and consuming consistent infrastructure and services regardless of location (e.g. public or private cloud environments).
Thank goodness, there are companies filling the gaps to help customers transition to the cloud – wherever they may be – and platforms that are considering the impact of infrastructure, applications and services collectively. We’d love to help you with that journey. Check out how ElasticBox enables enterprises to provide applications and services to its users while guaranteeing a consistent and predictable model that supports both IT operations and the enterprise users (both internal and external).
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