November 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Over the past few years we have seen a massive shift within business infrastructure with regards to I.T dictating the services, whereas now users are demanding more and more, from anywhere, on any device. This transition has caused many a headache, compatability, compliance, training, time, the list goes on. Microsoft have researched these trends have devised solutions around the 3 core infrastructure components –
Compute – Processing/Memory
Storage – SAN/NAS
Network – Switching/Routing
Surrounding these 3 key infrastructure areas, these components can be utilised in many different ways and because of this, providing services that allow self-service and on-demand generation is a key area for the design of the Cloud OS.
Cloud Computing – The ability to host, store and migrate services to and from the cloud.
New social and app patterns – Applications for business and social designed for all devices from anywhere.
Consumerisation of I.T – The demands of users for services from the I.T department (of which needs to ensure compliance with the Business)
Data Explosion – Ensuring data is properly stored for DR and backup, businesses are generating more and more and expanding beyond current onsite infrastructure requirements.
Microsoft’s Cloud OS takes all of these ingredients on board and provides solutions from the one platform;
The one platform approach is such a massive selling point from anyones point of view, simply having one login for all these services makes it an extremely valuable option. Having to ‘manage’ accounts isn’t the best job in IT and doesn’t innovate the I.T team (speaking from a managed services prospective) so the better Microsoft can make this all encompassing package, the better for most managed service providers. As an example, several accounts do not need to be maintained, you simply federate your domain with Microsoft and the cloud services will simply refer back to your onsite Active Directory infrastructure to complete the authentication.
The one platform approach goes down further into the hierarchy and as such covers the following;
Development – Developing from one platform for many differing devices is a huge incentive for any business.
Management – Ability to control aspects of devices and services provided to users (regardless of the device they access it from).
Data – Ensuring recoverable data stores and high availability to access at any point in time regardless of ‘outages’.
Identity – Having one login for all services enables a simple solution for users – “I need this…..” – “Then, please login here”
Virtualisation – Enabling a robust and highly available infrastructure to manage and maintain without downtime is key in today’s society.