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The idea to “just move to the cloud” as a universal answer to the challenges organisations face in the digital innovation era may or may not be effective. There are many factors to consider, such as data locality, latency, security, integration, and legacy applications to build a successful cloud strategy.

“The current pandemic has raised the importance for IT team to become proactive service brokers, focusing only on business outcomes, thus pushing for new operating model, Cloud,” says Fabrizio Heitzmann

The current pandemic has raised the importance for IT team to become proactive service brokers, focusing only on business outcomes, thus pushing for new operating model, Cloud.
Fabrizio Heitzmann

Fabrizio Heitzmann ,  Luxembourg Sales Manager,  Nutanix

This leaves businesses with a wide variety of choice when it comes to cloud. There is also a hype when it comes to Cloud. Many companies are more and more forced to use some sort of a Cloud to be seen as innovative; but what are the real characteristics of those Clouds, and which one is right for me?

There are three general cloud deployment models: public, private, and hybrid.

A public cloud is delivered through an independent, third-party vendor. Most popularly, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure dominate the market for public cloud. Companies like these maintain compute resources that their customers can utilise when needed. Businesses who use the public cloud share these resources. This is commonly referred to as a “multi-tenant” environment.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a business can create, own, operate, and maintain their own private cloud. While there is more security in this format, on-premises cloud aren’t always the most flexible or scalable because of their architectures. Legacy infrastructures are hardware centric, built on purpose-built systems and require specialised skills. All of these criteria are refraining innovation by praising complexity.

Many businesses have realised the benefits of both  public and private clouds , and have thus moved on to adopt a hybrid cloud model. In this architecture, a private cloud connects with a public cloud, letting businesses run workloads in both worlds. Commonly, the business will primarily use their private cloud environment, and then “burst” into the public cloud when needed. For a hybrid cloud model to work, there must be a high level of compatibility between the software that runs the clouds and the services used in both. “This implies to have software-based architectures that are 100% API driven and automated,” explains Julien Varela.

This implies to have software-based architectures that are 100% API driven and automated.
Julien Varela

Julien Varela,  Cloud Architect,  Nutanix

A step further would be to manage Private and Public Clouds under one operating system.

This enterprise cloud is a unified IT operating environment that melds private, public and distributed clouds, providing a single point of control for managing infrastructure and applications in any cloud. The  enterprise cloud  delivers a consistent, high-performance and seamless experience for both cloud operators and consumers of cloud-delivered services and applications. The enterprise cloud is a model for IT infrastructure and platform services that delivers the advantages of public cloud services for enterprise applications without compromising on the value provided by private data center environments. The Enterprise Cloud can be initiated on-premise and later on scale seamlessly into public clouds.

Why use an Enterprise Cloud? 

With an enterprise cloud, IT can drive simplicity for multi-cloud governance with an open approach that values flexibility and choice. It empowers end-users with self-service of on-premises and public resources and automates deployment and management of applications across multiple environments while maintaining governance and control. The  enterprise cloud  also unify governance across all cloud environments and teams for optimal resource utilisation and compliance.   

Who uses an Enterprise Cloud?

Companies of all types  in a wide variety of industries are adopting an Enterprise Cloud platform – including those in healthcare, retail, financial services, manufacturing, federal agencies and many more. Within enterprises, adoption is being driven largely by IT departments looking to modernise data centers. They’re seeking the benefits of the cloud, its services, and SLAs, along with the security and control that they’ve grown accustomed to within the data center. The Enterprise Cloud provides the “best of both worlds” to meet these needs. Simultaneously, business owners or app owners are adopting the Enterprise Cloud with the goal of taking their products to market quickly without being delayed by IT. 

What are the benefits of utilising an enterprise cloud model?

A brand new economic model

Legacy-based IT economic models are no longer sufficient. Adopt pay-as-you-go characteristics of the public cloud while providing a common foundation to run both legacy and new-style or cloud-native apps with the enterprise cloud.

Focus on the end-user

Users are demanding new services all the time. The Enterprise Cloud can focus your efforts on addressing the deficiencies seen by end-users.

Faster response from IT

IT has a perception of being slow, especially when compared with cloud providers, who can instantly deploy new infrastructure. The Enterprise Cloud provides instant infrastructure for business users. 

Refocusing IT on the business

The 80/20 rule can become the rule if you do things right. Enterprise cloud can help make this shift. Tailor IT department’s services to activities that generate revenue rather than simply keeping the lights on.

Choice is key

Any cloud, at any time. Organisations need a choice of where to run workloads. Don’t be forced into a single public cloud provider. With the Enterprise Cloud, choose the right cloud for your business and don’t end up with workloads trapped somewhere else.