CxOs are now
Clamoring for the Cloud
Do we have any of those virtual desktops or servers on the
Internet that I keep reading about? If not, lets get some.
Let me know when it’s done.
When are we going to see
energy, rent, HW, & staff
savings in the cloud?
Low CAPEX & TCO, Predictable cloud
Pay as you go usage models Time to
value in weeks Rapid prototyping
Flexibility gains Central security &
compliance Automatic upgrades &
updates Easy to customize & use
No infrastructure Virtualized &
abstracted Federated, interoperable
Low risk, simple implementation No
physical or geographic limits
service oriented Low maintenance
short learning curve, Increased,
scalability increased, self- service
cannot take a decade to master.
What can we do?
• Are they stable? How would we know?
• Who’s backing them financially?
• SAS70 certified?
• How is overall QoS measured?
• How will we communicate and escalate?
• Do SLAs really matter after our
reputation is shot and our customers
have moved to the competition?
Don’t be, or buy from a
Yes, On Demand is Demanding
But, the Cloud Case is
Compelling in response
to Crisis and despite
so . . .
Commence Cloud Construction
But keep in mind . . .
1. There’s a lot of hype; the cloud is not a panacea
2. XaaS is valuable, but not the only solution
3. There’s no need for radical change
4. Leverage Lessons Learned
a. Crisis presents opportunity
b. Culture is critical
c. Don’t underestimate Communication
5. Using Internet services in your architecture is wise
6. Heterogeneous environments are OK, common, & mitigate risk
7. You’ll likely end up with a hybrid cloud anyway
8. Insist on transparency
9. Governance & security strategies really do matter
10. Assess your business processes, culture, value of the cloud
CEO, CFO, Head of Development, Timmy the Temp.
CEO, CFO, CTO, and Timmy:
In the words of Elton John,
“The walls get higher every day
The barriers get in the way
But I see hope in every cloud”
More to come, when I pull my head out of the clouds . . .