Comparing Cloud Computing Services-Led Technology Companies - dummies

Comparing Cloud Computing Services-Led Technology Companies

By Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Marcia Kaufman, Fern Halper

The services components (internal or partners) of services-led technology vendors have developed best practices over thousands of engagements and all this experience is brought to the forefront of each company’s cloud computing strategy.

If your company lacks internal expertise on clouds and needs to implement a specialized set of solutions, a services-led engagement might be a good approach for you. In addition, a services company may have direct experience in your industry that may save you time.

The vendors in this category all have

  • Large customer bases

  • Years of experience working with customers on implementations

  • Service teams working with customers to answer the tough questions around security, governance, cost, and business objectives

  • Enough size to develop a partner ecosystem to deliver on a comprehensive vision for private, public, and hybrid clouds across services, software, hardware, and storage

  • A lot of their own sophisticated technology to use in private clouds (maybe servers, storage systems, service management software, service oriented architecture frameworks and services, security software, and middleware)

IBM for cloud computing

With many of its large enterprise customers determined to transform their data centers to become more efficient, IBM has already done a lot of private and hybrid cloud implementations. While the majority of IBM’s initial efforts have been directed toward packaging private and hybrid solutions for enterprise data centers, in the longer term you may expect to see a much broader strategy that includes all aspects of the cloud, including public clouds for SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS. IBM has created a centralized cloud computing organization with a goal of creating offerings that encompass software, hardware, and services.

A key element of the IBM private and hybrid cloud strategy is to offer solutions based on varying customer-driven workloads. These solutions are organized together as IBM Smart Business Cloud. IBM private and public cloud strategies offer solutions based on varying customer-centric workloads.

Cloud computing with Hewlett-Packard

HP has been working on cloudlike implementations with its customers since 2001. These implementations have typically included consulting and integration support and have leveraged HP’s extensive collection of technology management products.

Based on experiences in these customer engagements, HP has put a special emphasis on helping customers who want to create hybrid cloud environments. The company is leveraging its extensive services teams (including the EDS division) to help educate and lead their customers down an appropriate path to the cloud. EDS has significant experience with vertical market-managed services (hosted services specialized for different industries) and HP will leverage this knowledge and intellectual property (IP) in its evolving cloud strategy.

EMC and cloud computing

EMC has developed a shared vision for the private cloud along with its key partners like VMware, Cisco, and AT&T. This group sees lots of opportunity in providing technology and services to companies looking for a better approach to managing IT infrastructure.

And although some companies may use private clouds as an entry point and then transition to public clouds, EMC sees the private cloud as much more than just a staging ground for public clouds. EMC and partners want to help you create a flexible set of IT resources by federating your private clouds with external infrastructures provided by third-party providers.

Not surprisingly, EMC’s contribution is concentrated on providing storage, backup, archiving, and security (from RSA) to support the data centers in a private cloud environment. When all IT resources (servers, network, and storage) are pooled in the virtualized data center model, many things need to change.