In the past half-decade cloud computing, typically defined as a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources, has progressed from an unfamiliar emerging technology to an important business tool used to manage an organizations growing IT infrastructure. The ability to share expensive infrastructure resources over a common network is leading many organizations to achieve lower costs, greater flexibility and less complex systems while providing increased opportunities to better focus on their core competencies and key business initiatives.
David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow says, “Cloud computing has a significant potential impact on every aspect of IT and how users access applications, information and business services.” The Cloud has been a is a major game changer in the management and utilization of organizations IT infrastructure over the past several years but fears over losing control of proprietary data and security issues have dampened many organizations enthusiasm for adopting the budding technology.
“Most surveys still show that a vast majority of workloads are not running in the cloud yet,” said Richard Seroter, director of product management for CenturyLink Cloud. “There is still room for the cloud to grow in enterprise usage.” As with most new technology discoveries, their future success and impact on a market lies not only with the advent of the technology, but also with emerging enterprises that evolve around its deployment. In order to facilitate, develop and manage expanding cloud applications the need for Cloud Services Brokerage (CSB) will grow over the next several years as new users contemplate the prospective benefits and seek to navigate the challenges to implementing the technology.
Acting as a third party, a CSB will add value to the cloud consumer by ensuring the service is specific to the company, assist in integration and migration to the cloud and enhance the overall process of managing cloud operations and activities. For small to mid-sized organizations, who are generally unable to support dedicated in-house IT, bringing in an outside professional IT service consultant is essential in order to identify the proper type of cloud service to gain the full economic benefits from cloud computing.
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