For mature enterprises, the cloud represents a way to get out from under the constraints of traditional IT. Unlike businesses born in the cloud, the existing systems and business processes in these organizations present unique challenges to cloud adoption. The company examples below offer three different stories of traditional IT teams growing into the cloud with measurable success.
I recently attended the CIO Europe Summit, hosted by CDM Media. There was a first for me at this event: a CTO for a major global bank gave a 30-minute talk on DevOps to his peers. (In fact, he credited Rackspace’s awesome YouTube Video as a great starting point).
Businesses of all shapes and sizes leverage Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC) powered by OpenStack as a key component of their architecture. In a nutshell, RPC takes OpenStack code from trunk and configures it using our Chef recipes based on our experience and expertise in running large OpenStack-powered clouds.
We’re three and a half years into OpenStack® and there is still confusion about exactly what OpenStack is, how to compare OpenStack to other cloud platforms, and specific use cases for OpenStack. I find myself having the same conversations over and over again in an attempt to debunk the myths and misperceptions in the market. There are a number of them, but to help people who are still getting up to speed with OpenStack, let’s focus in on the three largest.
One reason enterprises cite for not moving faster to the cloud is fear of lock-in. Lock-in is the equivalent driving an old, breakdown-prone, gas-guzzling car instead of investing in a newer model that runs better and saves time and money in the long-run because you don’t want to invest the time and money for a newer, more efficient model. Many enterprises see moving or switching clouds the same way. Even though the current cloud-hosted architecture may be difficult to maintain or the service is less than stellar, large enterprise with massive data stores often choose to remain in a bad situation because of the size and scale of moving and the possibility of having to re-architect applications.
Rackspace is offering two additional complimentary webinars that highlight the new SharePoint 2010 functionalities that help make workflow and collaboration so much more customizable and easy than SharePoint 2007. Both webinars feature SharePoint architect Jeff DeVerter.