Cloud computing holds a lot of promise for delivering services at the right place, right time and right cost. But cloud is not a panacea—there are many models and approaches, and the sheer number of technology choices can be confusing and complex.
When scoping cloud solutions, most organizations face a common set of challenges related to virtual infrastructure limitations, the lack of scale and elasticity in "cloud-in-a-box" solutions, ad hoc cloud implementations with siloed management tools and processes, and lack of security controls. Addressing these challenges requires a hybrid delivery strategy that leverages cloud services as an integral part of your service delivery strategy. This integrated infrastructure approach is the essence of a converged cloud.
The first step is understanding the differences between the various approaches to cloud: public, private and hybrid. Many companies adopt a strategy that combines these environments with traditional IT infrastructure to deliver a consistent, standards-based framework that supports heterogeneous infrastructures and delivers a single consumption experience.
At the foundation of converged cloud is a services-oriented infrastructure platform designed to help you manage on-premises and cloud resources through the same shared services catalog
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