The economic benefits of choosing to implement a virtual infrastructure are well known. According to the PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) 5th Annual Digital IQ Survey, corporate executives are now presenting IT departments with new challenges. The survey mentions that organizations are now looking to their technology departments to help them secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets. The PwC survey highlights Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) as one of ten top trends in technology that is set to help IT departments satisfy the new goals placed before them.
Most IT departments have heard cloud this or cloud that plenty of times, from the latest tech news to upper management thinking it's a great buzzword. The cloud is more than just the latest technology fad, however. Gartner's cloud computing report indicates that 30% of the Global 1000 businesses are predicted to use at least two cloud services by 2014. Currently that number sits at 5%. Many elements of your IT infrastructure can be sent to the cloud, from your email servers to your entire network. The question is, why should you consider taking mission critical elements, such as your MySQL databases, to the cloud?
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Dell will offer public IaaS through partner companies rather than its own public cloud, according to an IT World article of May 20, 2013. It’s one of the first prominent providers which has decided to free itself of public cloud service offerings. It’s dropping both Openware and VM investments. Best in class partner offerings will replace IaaS multi-tenant services. Partners ZeroLag, Joyent and ScaleMatrix will take over this cloud function on behalf of Dell. Here are four reasons why Dell has taken this surprising step: