Leveraging the Cloud

Put simply, The Cloud is allowing companies to have systems delivered from data centres owned by third parties such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, HP and IBM rather than having to invest in private data centres and the ongoing support costs associated with them.

The challenge today is that some vendors have cloud-based solutions while others may still only offer their system running on a server in your property. Also, where an investment has not reached end of life, a company may not wish to take an early write-off to move the solution to The Cloud.

The most likely scenario for a company today is Hybrid Cloud which is a combination of:

  • Systems delivered from The Cloud as Software as a Service, SaaS (OpEx)

  • Systems hosted in a third-party data centre (some combination of CapEx/OpEx)

  • Systems hosted on premise (mostly CapEx; some OpEx)

With the right service level agreement, the SaaS option should give high availability, excellent systems and data security, and a fully managed service without the need for capital investment. It reduces the need for certain in-house IT skills and resources  and removes the need for a traditional disaster recovery capability.

Bryan Steele adopted a Hybrid Cloud approach as part of the IT Transformation programme that he led at the Royal Automobile Club.