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Cosentry 2015 Predictions: The Cloud Economy Has Arrived


 

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Craig Hurley, VP of Product Management, Cosentry

The Cloud Economy Has Arrived

2015 is the year most companies will finally put their fear of using the cloud to rest, and the industry will awaken to a new Cloud Economy.

Flexibility and operational support services will help users decide which cloud environment is right for their needs. However, one size cloud does not fit all.  Decisions will still be made on public vs. private environments (i.e. how does the elasticity of the public cloud model trump the need for optimizing the performance of the underlying hardware). Other decisions will be based on security and compliance needs; what's contained in private clouds may not be appropriate for public cloud environments.

In addition, IT personnel will be looking beyond the underlying cloud infrastructure and seeking a provider such as Cosentry, who offers a more managed and consultative approach to application and system hosting. These more intuitive IT solution providers will shift the conversation from "speeds and feeds" to application performance monitoring while focusing on transparency.

Much of this new Cloud Economy will be driven by CIOs looking to gain efficiencies and decrease operating costs. Their application and system hosting punch list will include check boxes for disaster recovery and managed security services, third-party plug-in applications, design services and overall vision as to the flexibility and scalability of their specific cloud profile. These items are in addition to providing the baseline compliance services to demonstrate adherence and accountability for HIPAA, PCI, SOX and other regulatory mandates.

In essence, the majority of companies will seek hosted services in 2015, as the desire will be to have in-house IT staff concentrate on strategic initiatives and off-load the daily infrastructure and system upkeep to a new breed of trusted, cloud hosting providers.

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About the Author

Craig Hurley is Vice President of Product Management at Cosentry, the leading Midwest IT Solutions Provider.  

With more than 15 years of product management and IT experience, Craig is responsible for the entire life cycle of Cosentry's data center, hosting, cloud and managed services portfolio. www.cosentry.com 

Published Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:05 AM by David Marshall
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@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:57 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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