storage mgmt and big data--traditoonally, organizations have note done much strragteically about storage--and there are hardly any training programs for it. With Intenret, storage and data access are big isses inteh cloud and elsewhere
Mainframe computing--it still drives 70 % of large enterprise transactions and mission critical systems. Between 100-200 universities worldwide now have programs in it, so there is some help on the way.
Telephony--there are not many people coming in with both voice and IP skills
Mary - a lot of IT folks are contract workers now, so the bottom line could be immediately improved by transitioning to an external cloud. Plus, executives might feel more comfortable with an abstracted and external IT department.
@MaryS: I read on a LinkedIn group message board recently that some enterprises fear vendor lock-in on public cloud services. I think that may apply to the need to integrate with a particular vendor's service. What do you think of that?
While there are unquestionably security issues with cloud, I think as long as we're seeing widespread breaches of conventional data centers it's going to be hard to convince people cloud is much worse. I think enterprise is driven to keep things private out of a sense of ownership as much as concern about hacking.
IT itself is lkely to become more "virutal" Mary. Somehow, metrivcs will need to be introducedthat aracalble of caputuring the metrics of outsdie cloud provfdiers as well as the internal dat nvererresources. THis is an open support issue now as IT heads into mroe of a servie culture.
PureSystems will further expedite virtualization and scalability of server and storage resources for the cloud, and will also extend IBM's already robust sytems management solutions for the cloud. It also spans every possible data center platform--from x86 and Unix machines to mainframes.
There is always the central "drive chain" of the company--its financials, ordering system, manufacturing or other systems, etc. that already are tailored to the business and have worked well for years.
@Mary -- Last I heard, lots of government-related enterprises operate under security regulations that require physical security (hence mobile shipping-container contained clouds). Any vendors that are trying to address this market?
"external business processes that their internal systems don't do well" - Increasingly that can mean everything from mobile device management, through analytics, to data recovery. Doesn't this suggest private cloud is no more than a resting place on the way to public cloud?
@MaryS: Regarding security, we often hear (probably prompted by public cloud vendors) that public cloud services are just as secure as data centers and private clouds. Is that really true? And if it is, why is it so tough for enterprises to accept that?
@MaryS: I still look at cloud computing as basically the cost efffective way of helping enterprises meet their computing needs. So I realy don't see the reason why enterprise would continue to sweat over trying to retain control of their computing needs
Kim -- re cost saving on private cloud . Mobile deployment of resources where needed can be an advantage in private cloud. I hear that some aerospace companies have container-like structures that contain private clouds that they can deploy at will to different sites, depending on their current data needs.
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