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Contributed article by David Shacochis, vice president of cloud platforms, Savvis
In 2013, Agile Cloud Computing Won't Require the Internet
In 2013, the industry will truly realize the power of cloud
computing without connecting through the internet. Cloud providers
who can seamlessly operate behind the corporate firewall will become major
players in true hybrid cloud implementations.
How do we know this?
Our customers are insisting on it - and willing to put skin in the game
to help us get there.
As is the case for many cloud service providers, our value
proposition is increasingly found in our ability to develop and integrate data center
automation software. And along with
many IT organizations that need to continually innovate, we're shifting to more
of an agile development
Transforming a traditional product development process into
an agile model is no easy feat. It can
take a number of months, and feels a bit chaotic
in the early going. Not to mention the
uninformed colleagues who think agile development just means parkour in the computer lab. But you get through it and start to produce results. We've just recently completed our first
product launch run completely through agile scrum, and we have dozens more
in the pipeline.
However, the most important impact of agile development
comes from the ability to involve our customers in the development process.
For example, in 2010, we launched a service called Cloud
Connect that enables our customers to make private connections between our
enterprise cloud platform and any service or network on the CenturyLink backbone. It was a simple product, with relatively few
features, rolled out with little fanfare.
But once our customers and their design teams started
working with this minimally viable product, their imagination went wild. Customers started building private
connections with business partners, legacy applications, and dedicated
clouds. We've seen ad hoc ecosystems
spring up where our Symphony
cloud platform has customers doing business with one another, and they've been
vocal about what they want to see added to the Cloud Connect platform. This front-line feedback led us to a
strategic pivot whereby we're doubling down on private network
We're launching an update to Cloud Connect next quarter,
catalyzed by the creativity and insight of our visionary customers and their
design teams. The new platform will
enable a variety of multi-point connections which keep applications safely
behind the corporate firewall, with only the essential services connected to
the public internet as the customer requires.
If, in 2010, we weren't sure that cloud computing had a future behind
the corporate firewall, we know now that it undoubtedly does. Our customers are leading us there, and our
agile development process is helping us respond to that demand.
The New Year will be an exciting one as we drive our hybrid
cloud strategy to both the public internet and the corporate intranet. By connecting with our customers, we're able
to transform Savvis Symphony into a more
About the Author
David Shacochis is vice president, cloud platforms,
at Savvis, a CenturyLink company, where he is responsible for revenue growth and
customer adoption within this emerging product portfolio. As a senior leader
within the enterprise cloud business unit, he is the product owner over cloud
interconnect, software catalog, runtime services and entitlement management.
David has been with Savvis for twelve years, serving in many of the major
divisions of the company, including global operations, customer service,
software integration, strategic marketing and program management. An
engineering-trained MBA, his career experience with firms such as UUNET, Exodus
Communications, Digital Island and Cable & Wireless has built a wealth of IT
infrastructure experience with a variety of clients across diverse industries.