What is Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service?

If there is one thing you can count on with IT, it doesn’t disappoint with trends. Public Cloud, Private Cloud, any cloud – there are lots of options in terms of where you can go.

Yet, none completely satisfy the needs of IT. There are “good enough” fits and IT and corporations can get by, but no one is fully leveraging a cloud strategy to solve business needs. The cloud can offer tremendous benefits. For example, on-demand resources are immediately available, so IT can be the hero and keep projects on time and within budget. The cloud provides another layer of agility so IT can respond quickly to changing business needs.

Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service (ECaaS) is truly the cloud IT has been looking for and delivers on the promises, features, benefits and gains that cloud has been promising since you heard the word cloud. ECaaS is agile and flexible, with the ability to respond quickly to changing technical and business requirements with a single view of all resources, whether they are within the datacenter or in the public cloud. The key features and benefits of Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service are:

  • It’s controlled from your datacenter: The infrastructure to support Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service is within the four walls of your datacenter. Data sovereignty, availability zones and long distance network connections are a thing of the past. The fully integrated cloud infrastructure with compute, networking, storage, application and many other services are all within your IT center.
  • Automated Management and maintenance: Even though it is in your datacenter, you are not managing, maintaining, patching or performing infrastructure refreshes. A team of experts will do this for you, enabling IT to focus on innovation, revenue generating projects, process improvements and other initiatives. This is the ideal opportunity for IT to align with the business and become a strategic partner instead of a perceived bottleneck.
  • Consumption-based Pricing: With pay-as-you-use pricing you are able to effectively manage cloud costs and reduce budgets. Do not confuse this with leasing or subscriptions – they will not ever go down. A true pay-as-you-use pricing model will go up and down as resources are consumed.
  • Central, hybrid cloud management: Many organizations are leveraging multiple cloud. In fact, Gartner states: The increased use of multiple public cloud providers, plus growth in various types of private cloud services, will create a multi-cloud environment in most enterprises and a need to coordinate cloud usage using hybrid scenarios. (Gartner: Market Trends: Cloud Adoption Trends Favor Public Cloud With a Hybrid Twist, August 2016). ECaaS includes a complete cloud control plane with cross cloud visibility and management so IT is able to effectively reign in Shadow IT initiatives and re-assert control over all entities that fall under the IT domain. Multi-cloud means you are not limited to the service offering of a single provider.
  • On-demand resources: One of the key selling points of cloud is that it delivers on-demand resources at the click of a button, and ECaaS delivers this capability. ECaaS scales up or down as your business and technical needs change. As mentioned, the benefit of scaling down will be reflected on your bill.
  • Simple and automated: If it is difficult, it isn’t ECaaS. A cloud service needs to provide templates and services to end-users so that they can simply select and get access to the infrastructure they need. This makes IT the hero! As business units can get access to what they need fast, and IT also has the opportunity to be the trusted advisor, guiding the business through the project quickly, successfully and simply. Imagine their surprise when the time of the project is reduced 25%. Get your cape ready.
  • Governance and controls: Public cloud and other offerings have made it easy for other organizations to get access to IT. This usually is not in the best interest of the organization. ECaaS provides the ability to enforce internal and external governance policies so IT can control which teams and people have access to which services, mitigating risk and controlling costs.

With ECaaS, IT gets all the benefits of a public cloud, but on premises. This provides additional governance controls with the ability to more effectively monitor management and usage to control costs and ensure the right people have access to the right services. Additionally, with hybrid cloud management ECaaS delivers full visibility of all cloud resources being consumed eliminating shadow IT and risk.

In our next post, we will cover the major differences between Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service, Public Cloud, HyperConverged, and Do-it-yourself IT.

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