How about making you―the CIO―the hero for once…
If I’m a CIO, how do I get to be the good guy for my company? In 2013, I have made a new year’s resolution to no longer be the guy that “always says ‘no.’ How do I get to be the hero again? I want to be the guy that tells the CEO, or Marketing Director, our GMs, asking for a couple servers to test a new app or campaign, “sure, I’ll get you access by tomorrow. Have a great day and good luck”. If I am a CIO, I want to be that guy in 2013!
So with that in mind, ‘what do cloud services really do for you’ and how can they help you become the hero again? It is a seemingly simple question that cuts straight to the core.
The way I see it, the Cloud really breaks down to having five fundamental business benefits and these benefits can help catapult you from ‘zero’ to the hero. Looking at this a bit deeper, what can the Cloud help you do in your business―not down the road―but today?
- The ability to focus on your business
- Lowering costs
- Achieving faster time to market for bringing on new capabilities
- Capital efficiency
- Greater mobility
Ability to focus on your business
In a lot of ways, the Cloud offers the same benefits of a Managed Hosting platform or any other hosted or outsourced platform. The cloud service provider augments your staff, manages the infrastructure, and frees you up to worry about your actual business… whether that is selling books, providing health care, executing a stock trade, running a marketing campaign, etc. Why would you want someone on your staff (or you yourself) worrying about something that doesn’t directly bring you your next dollar?
The Cloud is typically run on a shared platform, which naturally leads to lower costs. However, the degree of sharing dictates the economics and therefore the price. In the case of a fully shared Cloud model, customers benefit by only having to purchase a slice of storage, a slice of compute, and a slice of networking. In a Private Cloud model, maybe everything is shared except the compute portion of the infrastructure. Either way, it’s cheaper than buying access to the equivalent physical gear if dedicated only to you.
Faster time to market
Cloud’s greatest strength is its ability to standardize and automate infrastructure. As a customer you can launch virtual machines faster than ever, and because the infrastructure is already in place, there is no procurement process, no negotiations to get space and power, no worrying about connectivity. If I’m a CTO or CIO or Small Business Owner, and I want to launch a new App for my organization, I just launch a virtual machine and have my people worry about deploying the functionality to my user base. I don’t worry about whether the machine has a conflicting IP or whether we have licensing for that backup agent. It’s taken care of by the provider.
When you have the Cloud, you can provision resources at will and on demand. During rapid growth before the era of Cloud, you would chunk in new capacity in large swaths, which was both expensive, and time consuming. And after you deployed that infrastructure, you were stuck with it. Now, Cloud Services is a trans-formative technology because it cannot only help you scale out as needed, it can also help you stop paying for capacity and assets you’re not using.
How do we make applications even more mobile than they are today? We want to make sure that whether a company wants to fork-lift their application into the Cloud, or replicate a production application into or out of a Cloud, or set up replication for the database, that you can do this.
It’s our point of view that your Cloud Services provider needs to make all of this easy, fail-safe, and repeatable. When you can do this, guess what happens? As a CIO you go from the ‘No’ guy to the guy that makes things happen. You are no longer the throttle to growth, you are the technology engine. You are a hero that delivers capabilities when needed, deploys new servers on demand, and drives the business forward.
What are your thoughts on Cloud? How has it helped you in your business? I always love hearing from customers and Cloud enthusiasts alike. If you have any questions or comments please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to stay tuned and subscribe to the Codero Blog… there’s a lot more to come. I hope you had a happy new year, 2013 is going to shape up to be a very exciting year for us here at Codero. Stay tuned!