Why do we call it Enterprise Cloud?

Enterprise Cloud ImageIt’s been 10 years since VMware introduced the world to vCenter cloud computing and vMotion, their automated system to move virtual machines between hosts. This technology kick-started the hosting industry from offering hardware based solutions over long contract terms to virtualised solutions on shared hardware and storage systems with no payback period required by the customer. 

Two years later Amazon took this compute model to the next level and changed the hosting industry forever with low-cost storage and computing available across the world and at a moments notice. 

Soon after, many other cloud providers launched their own competing public clouds, offering similar pay-as-you-go, usage based products.  As attractive as this all sounds to a CIO or bean-counter, why shouldn’t enterprises use public cloud services and why is NTT Communications Enterprise Cloud any different?

There are a myriad of answers to the first part of that question and it would take quite a number of blog posts to answer it, but in short, public cloud companies’ strengths can also be their weaknesses in the Enterprise space.

Pay-as-you-go, pay-as-you-use. Generally cloud companies have the ability to store data online for micro-cents per minute and users only pay an extra usage fee when they access the data.  At first many hosting and managed services companies could not compete with this unique usage and billing offering.  However with no way of controlling the usage of the data (e.g. A website might get featured on TV or other medium) many customers were hit with astronomical bills at the end of the month.

Performance. Also due to architecture constraints many public clouds place   limitations on the amount of data a customer can hold in the cloud and restrictions on the amount of operations per second (IOPS) to access that data.  For an enterprise grade customer, scaling systems beyond these limitations while maintaining predictable cost structures is paramount. NTT Communications Enterprise Cloud overcomes these issues while also offering the same flexibility as its public cloud competitors.

Security. Public clouds are usually insecure by design. This is due to the onus being on the end customers to provide and manage their own network security.  The upside with this is choice.  (Network security is a $67 billion industry) The downside is the skills requirement to manage that security.

The Solution. NTT ICT also understands that not all customers fit in the same billing structure and offers both a pay-as-you-go, per minute billing option and set monthly billing plans for customers to know their costs in advance.

To maintain an enterprise grade service, NTT ICT offers both shared and dedicated storage solutions, which offer high performance and high capacities that, double the limitations that AWS and other public cloud providers have.

An enterprise grade service should include enterprise grade security. NTT Communications Enterprise Cloud includes Cisco based network security, which can be either self-managed via a portal or managed via a 24x7 manned operations centre.  With NTT ICT managed security offerings, customers can extend the base level of network security with real-time threat detection, denial of service attack mitigation and numerous other advanced security services.

This is only a minor subset of feature differences between Enterprise Cloud and its competitors, for more information about NTT ICT Enterprise Cloud contact us today. 

Added 15 May 2014

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Sijia 26/05/2014 10:53am

Great blog

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