Embarking on Enterprise Cloud Computing_THWhen it comes to learning something new, people generally fall into one of two categories – those who read all they can about this new thing they don’t know, and those who would rather just wing it.  If you belong to the first group, here is a quick primer to get you started learning about cloud computing. If you belong to the second, hopefully you can pick up enough to make good decisions. Because when it comes to the cloud, the health and security of your organization can depend on the choices you make.

We all know that cloud computing is hot but here is an interesting view in the November, 2013 IDC Analyst Connection, Integrated Network and Cloud Sourcing: Enabling Security, Performance and Hybrid IT, it’s predicted that more than 80 percent of net-new applications will be deployed specifically for cloud-based distribution by year-end 2014 and that cloud platforms will gradually displace client/server as the dominant application deployment and delivery model. Cloud computing offers an agile IT sourcing solution for companies struggling to perform routine IT operations tasks and serve the innovation-oriented IT requirements of business units and developers.

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The overall assumption seems to be that the public Internet is a sufficient pathway to cloud resources. However, the security and performance concerns around access via the public Internet has made some companies reluctant to dip into the cloud at all. In truth, many businesses would benefit from an integrated network-IT approach to cloud sourcing.

When third-party cloud infrastructure is positioned as an extension of the Virtual Private Network (VPN), the same types of workloads running on servers in enterprise datacenters can be hosted in the cloud and securely accessed from on-net endpoints, such as branch offices. In selecting a host provider, be aware that there are many with compute, storage, and datacenter networking capabilities, but few who also have the broader enterprise networking skills required to position themselves as options for integrated network-cloud sourcing. The ideal provider will have a broad service catalog covering a range of network and IT solutions supporting multiple delivery options, as well as communications and collaboration services, managed security solutions, and application management capabilities.

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