Scalability is one of the most frequently touted benefits of cloud computing, but also a benefit that’s frequently misunderstood. For businesses, there’s more to scalability than getting the computing resources you need at a good price. It pays to explore scalability further, to fully understand how your IT organization can reap its benefits.
It would be easy to start from scratch – building a network that includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to enable your compute, storage and networking capabilities to grow as the business needs. However, most of us are working with existing architectures, which makes cloud computing integration more challenging. Add to that the limited IT resources with which many mid-size businesses are working, and the challenge grows more daunting.
‘Open innovation’ makes cloud computing attractive to businesses
One way mid-size businesses can adopt cloud computing and leverage its scalability is through what we call “open innovation.” While interoperability isn’t inherent in the cloud, there are ways to leverage existing systems and reduce vendor lock in while still gaining cost efficiencies and scale. We’re working with mid-size businesses in several areas to prepare them to adopt cloud computing more effectively. Two specific areas have immediate cost and efficiency benefits to businesses: converged infrastructure and virtual desktops.
Converged infrastructure leverages cloud computing to centralize IaaS
Tying together storage, compute and networking resources using pre-configured templates centralizes infrastructure management, making virtualization can cloud computing easier. Convergence is an opportunity for businesses to centralize management of multiple vendors in the IaaS space, leverage the cloud to expand capacity using existing providers, and avoid being locked into a specific vendor.
Virtual desktops benefit from cloud computing scalability
Businesses can apply virtual desktops in the cloud to deploy desktops with less overall cost. This migration to centralized cloud servers is especially attractive to mid-size businesses because it leverages the scalability of cloud computing. Desktop images and applications can be managed as a service via the cloud through a virtual desktop provider, giving smaller businesses scalability to add or remove users. This is an especially attractive option for businesses that may rely on contracted or seasonal resources. It’s also helpful when provisioning devices for mobile workers.
Businesses know the cloud can help them run their IT operations more efficiently. However, they often struggle with “keeping the lights on” and adopting more effective technology. Open innovation gives them additional support to build a cloud solution that’s right for their businesses.
Whether you’re building an on-premise private cloud or accessing a public cloud, learn how we can help you so do while better leveraging your existing IT resources. You can also learn more about enterprise and mid-market cloud computing at our Dell World conference in December!
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