Cloud to become a mainstream business enabler: IDC

While it might be the buzzword of the moment, analyst firm IDC predicts that by 2015, the cloud will no longer exist as a standalone concept, and it will instead be integrated into every facet of a business’s service delivery.
IDC also predicts that the technologies of cloud will become intrinsic parts of the IT infrastructure landscape and an essential component of any IT environment.

Chris Morris, Associate Vice President for Cloud Technologies and Services at IDC Asia/Pacific says, “In enabling the enterprise move to this future, it is likely that IT executives will choose to help end-users meet their escalating business needs by offering IT ‘as a service’ rather than as a technology platform. In delivering these services to the business, the CIO will source more and more of these services externally – from the public cloud, from Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) hosted by an ICT service provider and from traditional outsourcers, which will also be using cloud technologies to deliver these services.”

These moves will result in CIOs being required to manage a hybrid environment comprising on-premise, outsourced, managed and cloud-sourced services.

Morris adds, “In the past two years, we have seen a rapid maturation of users’ understanding of cloud services and cloud computing. Rather than the cloud being viewed as a collection of new technologies, savvy CIOs now see the cloud as an extension of their sourcing strategies.”

Many organisations are now adding the public, virtual private and private cloud deliver models to their services sourcing portfolio, and are applying the same selectivity and due diligence process as they do to other externally sourced services.

The challenge ahead is that CIOs become informed enough about the potential of cloud to ask vendors the right questions to make strategically sound decisions, Morris said.
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