The “cloud operating model” also known as “Agile IT” has been explained in a hundred different blogs, but effectively it means an organization designed with your new more agile infrastructure in mind. The point is that legacy IT organizations are unable to truly benefit from the use of cloud because of the designed in delays. Execution on tasks in legacy IT from purchasing to spinning up new images has historically been measured in weeks or months, and in a cloud operating model it’s available in minutes or hours.
Why is the Technology Ecosystem Important to your Cloud Operating Model?
Under the assumption that you’re adopting a cloud operating model, it will likely mean that you will be using more than one cloud provider of public and private solutions. It will also likely mean that you’ll be in a position to test and adopt new tech at an accelerated pace. In this environment of rapid adoption across varying platforms and providers, having proximity to some of the key resources can be a huge benefit to cost, complexity, and time.
Hurdles to Cloud & New Solution Adoption
You wouldn’t think in today’s “connected” world that distance could still play a serious role in the adoption of new technology solutions, whether it’s cloud, big data, or anything else. However, strange as it may seem the Wide Area Network (WAN) and distance still cause IT folks serious headaches. Consider using a Big Data as a Service offering, how will you get your data to the provider, and will you leave the data there, or resupply it whenever necessary? Depending on the service, it could mean that you either FedEx your updates or you buy a fat pipe of bandwidth between you and the provider. This bandwidth has cost, takes time, and creates one more item of overhead. How about running hundreds of VMs on a service provider’s IaaS or PaaS? Wouldn’t it be great if you could try the IaaS service out for a day, a week, or a month at no risk by just having a 10 GB cross connect installed between you and the provider within the same data center or between highly connected data centers on a campus?
Why the Technology Ecosystem Changes the Game
When you consider the scenarios listed above you might start to accept that proximity creates real opportunities for the customer and the provider. The provider benefits by being able to provide services without the fear of network charges and delays, while the customer benefits from speed, reduced complexity and lower costs.
At Switch we are huge believers in the technology ecosystem model as are our partners. The Switch ecosystem started with the network provider options associated with CORE, which then led into multiple cloud providers, and all are combined with innovative integrators and value added resellers. This ecosystem is being further developed by our creation of INNEVATION for technology startups. This co-located ecosystem creates a very powerful tool for everyone involved and we strongly believe it will be a model for others moving forward.