If anything can be said about 2012 and cloud computing, it was the year that hype transcended to reality for many organizations that deployed cloud-based services to level the playing field, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies.
For example, NaviSite wraps its managed services around its NaviCloud Dynamic Compute product and offers cloud services to customers, according to R. Brooks Borcherding, CEO of NaviSite (News - Alert).
“We’ve had incredible success with the NaviCloud 1.0 offering and continue to experience exponential growth,” Borcherding said in a recent blog post.
Some cloud service options NaviSite is exploring include the following:
Storage-as-a-Service – Companies could take advantage of limitless storage resources that can be provisioned almost immediately through dynamic, cost-effective storage.
Backup-as-a-Service – By leveraging the cloud, enterprise IT can tap into efficient and effective backup solutions to relieve one of their most painful and difficult tasks.
“What’s more, while the cloud does not eliminate the need for sophisticated business continuity plans, it greatly simplifies that challenge by providing replicated data, and off-site storage and computing resources that can be accessed immediately from almost anywhere,” Borcherding added.
Database-as-a-Service – Cloud computing enables enterprises to create and use massive databases and data warehouses that let them tap the value of “Big Data” – a task that only the largest IT operations are prepared to address today.
Desktop-as-a-Service – Simple, virtual desktop computing is one of the most compelling use cases enabled by Cloud 2.0 today.
“Imagine thousands of users being able to access word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation tools that are centrally-licensed, provisioned, and managed – all of which is virtually transparent to the user,” explained Borcherding.
Applications-as-a-Service – While there are many new software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) applications, many enterprise applications are still not SaaS-architected. Cloud 2.0 will “cloud-enable” these traditional on-premises applications to take full advantage of cloud benefits.
In the future, NaviSite plans to leverage its NaviCloud Service Delivery Platform as the foundation for its upcoming suite of dynamic applications. Borcherding said the platform provides the elastic infrastructure required to present these “as-a-Service” solutions to customers in a highly scalable, efficient and cost effective manner.
Edited by Jamie Epstein