5 real world realities for 2011
By Steve Garrou, Savvis 14-Mar-2011
As we move into a new year, I am seeing customers rethink all components of their business -- people, operations and of course, IT infrastructure. Addressing today's market realities has even business veterans scratching their heads to figure out how to control costs without compromising a renewed focus on growth or innovation.
Top trends that are becoming more and more widespread include:
1. IT Ownership is passé
Freeing up resources to concentrate on core competencies is the new norm. Customers are ridding themselves of outdated, inflexible infrastructures due to the obstacles these antiquated systems create -- taking resources away from growth goals, budget headaches and reduced productivity. Customers are, and will even more rapidly, migrating toward service-based infrastructure models to enable agility, while improving efficiency and intrinsically reducing costs in 2011.
|"Customers are [...] taking resources away from growth goals, budget headaches and reduced productivity." |
-- Steve Garrou, Savvis
2. Core versus context
Focusing on core competencies provides the inertia to move even faster toward infrastructure utility models. Hybrid, intelligent Infrastructure-as-a-Service architectures that offer technology innovation and flexible delivery and contract terms provide the ability to quickly tailor and implement dynamic infrastructure environments to address today's business needs.
3. Vertical-specific clouds on the rise
The need to accelerate time to market leaves no patience to wait for customized solutions. Vertical-specific clouds offer the benefits of customization without the time and cost. As 2011 progresses, customers will want even more tailored solutions, especially in government and financial arenas where security and structured access to complex data have been impediments to cloud adoption.
4. Integrated cloud blossoms
Customers will more and more consider the network that provides access to cloud compute resources as much of a part of the solution as the environment itself. A range of networking and service options are required. Integrated cloud services that offer security, consistency and enable diverse solutions are what corporations need to lower their costs and improve their flexibility. Private and public hybrids, working together, are essential to help customers return to growth.
5. Infrastructure utility accelerates IT department evolution
Customers want to purchase capacity only when they need it. Applications delivered from the cloud will no longer be considered alternative services, but will now become a strategic choice. In this model, flexible service level agreements control the parameters of the relationship, not the ownership or rental of the iron or preset agreements. The role of IT will change as the nature of service delivery continues to evolve.
Steve Garrou is vice president, Cloud Go-to-Market and Data Center Outsourcing at Savvis. Currently he is responsible for driving the teams' businesses where he and his team identify market opportunities, guide investment options, direct service and solutions requirements and collaborate with sales to drive field readiness for these Savvis growth areas.