Will cloud-enabled ‘everything as-a-service’ forever change IT?

Verizon Wireless outlines how the future of cloud-enabled ecosystems could change the way networking works for the better, using the “everything as-a-service” network management protocol.

A natural evolvement from closed grid networks to open, cloud enabled ecosystems will allow for “everything as-a-service” (EaaS), forever changing the way IT organisations function, according to a white paper by Verizon.

In the paper, entitled “The cloud: everything to everyone or too good to be true?,” Verizon warns that EaaS will vastly change traditional operating model dynamics by placing customer experience centre stage.

According to the firm, the new approaches and deliveries will alter the composition of typical business passages.

Amidst challenging economic forecasts and mounting cost pressures, networking executives will seriously need to consider the cloud as a future opportunity. Companies will be looking to the cloud to make network management protocols easier and more cost-effective for all users to securely extend and manage their access to cloud-based resources, while maintaining control over policies and governance.

The paper cites Gartner Research, and the firm suggests that by 2015, automation and cloud computing tools will eliminate 25% of labour hours associated with IT services.

Examples of this in action include the UK government’s G-Cloud initiative which will see all government departments step up their drive to share server, network and Internet resources via the cloud in an attempt to cut costs in hardware, software and bandwidth and data storage.

Read more of this research paper to learn how supermarket giant Tesco has used the cloud to support its loyalty scheme, Tesco Clubcard. Also learn how the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), with the help of more than 200 organisations, has developed cloud standards that cover a wide range of issues, including security, operational issues, delivery, financial viability of suppliers, governance and technology standards and interoperability.

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