An enterprise cloud is a cloud computing service built and operated by an enterprise for its own private use. An enterprise cloud pools the enterprise's IT resources and provides business units with on-demand, self-service access to IT services. The past few years have seen a sharp growth in the number of businesses that have deployed an enterprise cloud, and market analysts project accelerating adoption of private cloud computing in the years ahead.
Forces Driving the Transformation to the Enterprise Cloud
Several factors have combined to fuel the growth of the enterprise cloud:
- Technological enablers. Virtualization technologies that enable the pooling and dynamic allocation of server, storage, and network resources are the primary technological impetus behind the cloud computing phenomenon. IT automation technologies, the growth of processing power per physical server, and ever-broadening network bandwidth are also key enablers of the enterprise cloud.
- The efficiency imperative. Businesses have always sought to operate efficiently, but in the current economic environment the drive to do more with less has been especially urgent. In this context the enterprise cloud is attractive as a means to get maximum utilization out of IT assets such as hardware, software, networking, and data center space.
- The innovation imperative. To prosper in today's hyper-competitive global business environment, enterprises must continually innovate, whether it's by creating new products, entering new markets, or adopting new processes and systems. An enterprise cloud, with its virtualization-driven agility and the self-service it grants to business units, is better able to support business innovation than traditional forms of IT infrastructure.
- Discomfort with public cloud computing. While public cloud services have their attractions, many enterprises are wary of sacrificing control over and visibility into their IT workloads, especially for mission-critical applications. An enterprise cloud provides a business a way to attain cloud computing benefits without some of the perceived disadvantages of public clouds.
VCE Vblock Systems: The Fastest, Best Way to Build an Enterprise Cloud
VCE's Vblock™ Systems are pre-integrated, pre-configured units of cloud computing infrastructure incorporating Cisco servers and networking, EMC storage, and VMware virtualization software. The systems feature unified management capabilities and unified support from VCE, a joint venture of EMC and Cisco.
A study of organizations that use Vblock Systems as the foundation for transforming their IT infrastructures found that the organizations have experienced benefits such as:
- Reduced calendar time for deployment of new infrastructure by 75%.
- Reduced IT staff costs by 38%.
- Reduced storage costs by 50%, server costs by 66%, and network hardware costs by 40%.
- Reduced system downtime by 96%.
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