Finally, the business-driven cloud arrives

Open technologies in the cloud arena will align in 2014 and create what will become known in the de facto lingua franca of IT-speak as the Business-Driven Cloud (BDC).

The business-driven cloud (let’s drop the CAPS) will come about due to the integration of “business rules” and cloud management know-how as both join with cloud infrastructure platforms to form a new way of talking about cloud.

This viewpoint was put forward by Bryan Che who is general manager for the CloudForms product line at Red Hat.

Basing his prophesies on the open source pedigree upon which Red Hat build its empire, Che says that the new business-driven cloud will enable decisions about cost, service levels and resource allocation to move up the stack towards the business owners.

“The BDC is a convergence of three different trends that have been occurring discretely over the past several years – IT becoming a cloud service provider and broker, business demands for more self-control and agility expanding beyond self-service provisioning, and the increased use of business rules management systems to define and describe guidance for making business decisions,” said Che.

He goes on to explain that in today’s clouds, many of the policies and rules are embodied in scripts, workflows, tools and manual processes that are created and managed by the infrastructure and operations teams.

This situation limits business agility says Che.

It limits the direct, real-time control and allocation of cloud resources to business needs.

“As we’ve seen with self-service provisioning and DevOps, IT will again need to ‘let go’ and move more control from the IT and infrastructure teams to the business. Directly connecting the business to the cloud will finally deliver what enterprises have been hoping for since the advent of cloud computing i.e. the Business-Driven Cloud.”

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