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Why the Future of the Cloud is Open

Oct 24, 2012

Choosing how to build a hybrid cloud is perhaps the most strategic decision IT leaders will make this decade. It’s a choice that will determine their organization’s competitiveness,flexibility, and IT economics for the next ten years.

That’s because, done right, a cloud delivers strategic advantages to the business by redir-ecting resources from lights-on to innovation. But only an open cloud delivers on the full strategic business value and promise of cloud computing. Only by embracing clouds that are open across the full gamut of characteristics can organizations ensure that their cloud:

  • Enables portability of applications and data across clouds
  • Fully leverages existing IT investments and infrastructure and avoids creating new silos
  • Makes it possible to build a hybrid cloud that spans physical servers, multiple virtualization platforms, and public clouds running a variety of technology stacks
  • Allows IT organizations to evolve to the cloud, gaining incremental value at each step along the way
  • Puts the customer in charge of their own technology strategy Introduction