No cloud is an island

Business Computing stands at a crossroads, there is no more tolerance for the costly, under- delivering, grand IT Projects of the past. Instead IT must evolve to be business agile, create competitive advantage and deliver on time.

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To help IT meet the challenges, system integrators have a great opportunity to adapt their existing business models.

To make cloud and on-premise systems work together poses some significant challenges that are explored in this paper, including:

  • Integration of cloud and on-premise systems
  • Workload optimisation
  • Application rationalisation to identify cloud-suitable systems
  • Provisioning the correct level of bandwidth
  • Defining and managing Service Level Agreements
  • Creating new cloud services and business opportunites
  • Building community and common interest clouds
  • Selection of the most appropriate data centre infrastructure

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