Microsoft: 2012 Will be the Year When Cloud Becomes Reality
An interesting guest post from Microsoft over at VMWare’s blog suggests 2012 will be the first year that the cloud “moves from a buzzword to a reality.” Microsoft’s director for Virtualization and Cloud Strategy, Edwin Yuen, detailed the ways companies can achieve this goal, and of course, there’s some channel perspective, brought to you by The VAR Guy himself. Here’s the scoop …
In his guest blog, Yuen said since companies finally understand the cloud, they’re becoming more eager to implement it. Making that journey to the cloud, however, should be a careful process that covers all the bases. Yuen offered an outline on the VMware Blog, which includes the following tenets:
- Plan first, deploy after: Companies need to plan out their use of cloud technology carefully to get the most out of their technology investment, Yuen said, adding too often, companies deploy a technology (he references virtualization) and later figure out how to build onto it. But for a full-blown private or hybrid cloud, Yuen suggested companies carefully choose the technology they need. This seems like some basic common sense, but in reality, our resident blogger believes this is likely where many VARs can add value, offer a service and turn a larger profit than just reselling cloud. VARs can command the “trusted adviser” status and take the guesswork out of a company’s already overloaded and underbudgeted IT department.
- Focus on “the value of management”: Another brilliant dash of common sense, Yuen said once a company has its cloud up and running, it will need to manage and maintain it, so companies should plan accordingly based on their upfront needs and eventual evolution. Whether a company is running VMs or provisioning applications out to its network, there needs to be a giant lasso to rein in the technology and keep it under control. Again, this is a spot where VARs can capitalize.
- Ensure your cloud saves you money: Detecting a trend here? Yup, it’s more common sense. Businesses should be doing cost analysis ASAP, Yuen said. In lockstep, VARs could offer pre-packaged and customizable deployment solutions with preliminary cost analysis and deep consultation services, our resident blogger believes. The longterm view is important, especially when looking at the bottom line.
Even though 2012 should be the year in which people take a cloud and pin it down — so to speak — companies shouldn’t rush to the cloud if they’re not ready, Yuen said. Rather, they should be actively plotting a course to get there.
The VAR Guy finds it interesting that Microsoft would be offering vendor-neutral advice on VMware’s blog, but perhaps the real pull is that both VMware and Microsoft win via exposure, despite offering competing and interoperable virtualization technology. Meanwhile, our resident blogger believes Yuen’s approach (with The VAR Guy’s notes, of course) also easily could be applied in the MDM world, which, as everyone knows, is heating up as hot as the sun. Stay tuned to find out if 2012 will really be the first year when the cloud becomes ‘real.’