Cloud services offer users scalable cloud storage, servers, and networks through IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), flexible development environments for creating new applications through PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), and convenient web-based applications through SaaS (Software-as-a-Service).
Through these service models, cloud computing solutions supply consumers, developers and businesses with on-demand access to a robust and versatile pool of computing resources. As a result, cloud services are changing the way we consume, the way we develop products and services, the way we do business and the way we view IT and its role in the enterprise.
How Cloud Services Influence Consumers and the Businesses Targeting Them
With the recent proliferation of cloud services, consumers now expect to access information and applications immediately and from whatever device they have at hand, and software developers are gaining more opportunities than ever to create innovative device-agnostic applications that run on the cloud. Simultaneously, as businesses try to stay competitive in a constantly shifting marketplace, they're finding it necessary to move quickly to meet new challenges and seize new opportunities—encouraging them to leverage the flexibility and speed offered by cloud services.
How IT Organizations Are Evolving in Response to Cloud Services
Often competing with public cloud computing providers, in-house IT organizations are struggling to respond to the demands of businesses for greater efficiency and agility in the provisioning of IT resources. Many IT departments are now taking advantage of the technologies enabling cloud computing virtualization and automation and the unique capabilities of cloud infrastructure.
Transforming IT into a service, they can provide users with a self-service portal and allow individual business departments to choose the resources and services they need, when they need them. By virtualizing IT assets and offering cloud services to their company, IT organizations are able to run data centers more efficiently while using their skills and expertise to manage cloud-enabled workflows instead of hardware, driving innovation in IT and in the enterprise.
Building Infrastructures for Cloud Services: VCE Makes It Simple
To realize the "IT-as-a-service" model that today's businesses demand, IT departments need to build dynamic, manageable and secure cloud computing infrastructure. Achieving integration and stability among the disparate pieces of hardware and software necessary for the cloud however, can prove to be challenging for overburdened IT organizations. This is why more and more IT shops are turning to converged infrastructures.
With Vblock™ Systems, the world's most advanced converged infrastructure, VCE integrates and configures the hardware (compute, network, storage) and virtualization and automation management software necessary for designing and implementing cloud services. Integrating components from industry leaders EMC, Cisco, and VMware, VCE simplifies and accelerates the deployment, optimization and maintenance of cloud infrastructures, enabling your organization to dramatically improve resource utilization, IT service provisioning, and system availability.
Learn more about building your cloud with converged infrastructures from VCE.