The evolving cloudscape

Cloud computing establishes a new paradigm for information technology. With cloud, you can shift spending away from capital investments and operational costs and toward supporting that all-important growth and innovation agenda.

But no single cloud type, solution, or delivery approach can possibly satisfy all enterprise requirements. For most organizations, cloud computing is an evolutionary path along which they can and should select the cloud type and service model that best meets their business requirements. In this hybrid delivery environment, enterprises should examine cloud types and services based on functionality and fit, and deploy those that deliver the desired business outcomes.

Enterprise Services is positioned to help you navigate the cloud eco-system, blending the hardware, software, consulting, and service management experience needed to gain the full benefits of cloud services while understanding how to integrate these new services alongside traditional IT delivery models. With our support, you can take a systematic approach toward:

  • Modernizing your applications footprint, reducing complexity and improving process efficiency
  • Transforming siloed infrastructure environments into pools of converged infrastructure that can seamlessly expand, contract, or reach out to other cloud services for capacity
  • Better securing assets across multiple cloud services
  • Provisioning the right cloud type or consuming the right cloud service at the right point along the evolutionary journey.
 

What is cloud?

Given the various terms and definitions used to describe cloud computing, it’s not surprising that many people remain confused about this still-emerging technology model. We can readily identify the essential characteristics of cloud computing.

Cloud is a self-service, instant-capacity model in which you access pooled resources and services over a broad and standardized network. You access and provision capabilities rapidly, and services are measured to control and optimize cloud resources.

 

How does cloud drive better business outcomes?

  • Agility:Adopting cloud-related services is not only about the speed of provisioning compute resources in a matter of minutes. It’s fundamentally about enabling the business to provision and consume business processes at the right time.
  • Optimization:Increased optimization of both business processes and IT services from the adoption of cloud services can only improve an enterprise’s control and exploitation of its assets.
  • Innovation:Cloud contributes to cost reduction efforts—encouraging a shift of capital away from maintenance-oriented spending and toward strategic growth and innovation-oriented investments. Cloud services can be used to accelerate development and time-to-market.
  • Security:HP champions a holistic view of security in the cloud environment, one that addresses both the need for secure cloud solutions and the opportunity to use cloud services to improve security and compliance.
 

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