October 18, 2011

2011 Cloud Networking Services

When most people think about public cloud computing solutions they tend to think about enterprise applications such as CRM or basic storage and compute services.  That makes sense because those are the cloud computing solutions that get the most attention and the most use.  However, recently a new class of solutions has begun to be offered by Cloud Computing Service Providers.  These are solutions that have historically been provided by the IT infrastructure group itself and include network and application optimization, VoIP, Unified Communications (UC), security, network management and virtualized desktops.  Those services are referred to as Cloud Networking Services (CNS).

As is shown in the attached white paper entitled Cloud Networking Services, IT organizations are showing significant interest in CNS solutions and their adoption potentially represents a fundamental shift in terms of how IT services are provided.  The factors that are driving and inhibiting the adoption of CNS solutions are the same factors that are driving and inhibiting the adoption of any public cloud computing offering.  As such, when evaluating a CNS solution, IT organizations need to determine if the solution delivers on the promise of public cloud computing while also eliminating, or at least minimizing, the negative aspects of a public cloud computing solution. 

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Why should you care about this paper?

The survey data contained in this paper indicates a potential shift in terms of how IT services are delivered. IT organizations need to be aware of this shift, and they also need to understand the discussion in this paper about how IT organizations should evaluate CNS solutions and the various implementation options that are discussed.

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