One of the difficulties in a relatively young market like cloud computing is defining what the cloud actually is. All too often, I hear from cloud purists that cite some startup that drew up a clean-sheet design, hosted everything on AWS, and had great success. The thing is, there are relatively few startups that go on to operate at significant scale - but there are a lot of existing enterprises that would like to get some of those advantages.
Even before we codified our approach as Cloud Lifecycle Management, BMC has always had the goal of enabling existing enterprises to get the best of both worlds: get the best out of their existing IT environment, and also engage with the emerging world of cloud computing.
This approach has been validated both by customers and by analysts, with Ronni Colville of Gartner stating "This market emerged in about 2009 and BMC was one of the first to get there, and of all the vendors probably the only one to stay true to the mission". That quote comes from a recent Forbes article, which recounts the success of one particular customer's cloud computing project.
That customer is Bank of New York Mellon. Dr. Swamy Kocherlakota, managing director and global head of infrastructure architecture and engineering at the bank, is quoted in the Forbes article explaining the three tenets of his approach to cloud - namely, that it should be self-service, elastic and offer pay-by-the drink consumption. He says: "In every decision we made sure those three conditions were met. We set a framework and runtime and tools for developers — all fully standardized — and we built an internal platform as a service a couple of years ago."
He went on to add: "Because we can now build infrastructure quickly in minutes, our ability to innovate has increased. The ability to try a new idea and fail fast has increased. If it works, we will proceed; otherwise we will repurpose the infrastructure."
This is the key benefit of cloud computing. Over and above cost savings, the real advantage is in increased agility. In the Forbes article, an example is made of a service that only runs between 5pm and 7pm. Can you imagine trying to do that with a traditional approach? What sort of new business opportunity is unlocked by being able to do that - and what are competitors missing out on by not being able to move that fast?
The hallmark of success in cloud computing is to treat the cloud project as a business project first and an IT project second. IT is successful exactly to the measure by which it enables the business. To find out more about how BMC can enable your business, please see bmc.com/cloud or contact your local BMC office for a focused consultation.