Private, Public or Hybrid
The first thing you should understand about “working in the cloud” is that it’s not a physical thing. The cloud is a network of servers and each server has a different function. Some servers are used to run applications or “deliver a service". For example, when you take a picture on your smartphone, it is stored on your phone's internal memory drive. However, when you upload the photos to Facebook, you are uploading it to the cloud. "The cloud" is one of those trendy tech terms a lot of people use, but can't clearly define. What is the cloud? When do you encounter it?
Trends in the Cloud:
The cloud revolution is more than just dropping applications on virtual servers and calling it the “cloud”. From a collaboration perspective the cloud is a fundamental shift towards a new (UC) paradigm grounded in high-availability, multi-tenancy, shared resources and dynamic (burstable) capacity. Much confusion still surrounds “working in the cloud” and why it’s becoming so important to enterprise businesses. The most obvious reason that businesses initially consider moving to the cloud is because business leaders want a more predictable and cost-effective way to acquire and manage applications and productivity resources. Business leaders want IT to be able to change their computing environments as quickly as their needs change.
Working in the cloud consists of a series of services that must be woven together to complete a business task. Whether you leverage a private cloud, a public cloud or hybrid, you need to have a way to intelligently manage the processes that make these environments a critical component in an evolving business strategy.
Shift to Hybrid Solutions:
“The business decision to "move to the cloud" is often financially motivated. Companies traditionally buy their own hardware and equipment, the value of which depreciates over time. With the cloud, companies only have to pay for what they use. This model makes it easy to quickly scale use up or down. Sonexis takes it a step further by saying... once you purchase our application, you own it perpetually” -Frank Segarra, Vice President Sales