The global triumph enjoyed by the cloud is being driven by the promise that IT operations will become cheaper and applications should supposedly be able to be rolled out quicker and easier. If you believe market researchers in Switzerland, the local companies will over the next few years prefer the private cloud model in particular. This model allows them to set up a cloud to meet their own needs – of course, while maintaining the comprehensive control that they desire and without having to share resources with other companies. The implementation of such solutions, however, is littered with stumbling blocks. If the private cloud is set up in the company’s internal data center, this will only provide minor cost advantages, as resources and capital will remain tied up. What’s more, if you look at this in the long run, there is barely any promise of innovation with self-hosted private clouds. So, what next?

First, we have to make a consequential decision.

How many clouds do we want? Most companies are not content with just virtualizing their IT systems, they also want to store their data and run their applications in the place that is most advantageous to them and is permitted by regulatory requirements. In addition, they also want the solution to be as flexible as possible and supplied by various providers. The aim is thus to create a multi-cloud solution. In order to achieve this aim, the following question needs to be answered: How much do we want to do ourselves and how much do we want to outsource? Is it still worth our while to invest in our own hardware and modernize our data centers? The answer is always “no”.

Moving into the Cloud in Stages

A large number of well-developed cloud strategies fail because of too ambitious goals. Restructuring your organization, repurposing your premises and replacing applications all take time. What is needed is a solution that flexibly keeps pace with its own transformation, offers all of the advantages associated with the cloud and will be able to function in harmony with all major public clouds in the future. Such a solution would be the logical first step toward successfully replacing all of your internal systems.

The External Private Cloud

Business-critical data and applications are in good hands in a private cloud. If these are hosted in an external data center, the move to the cloud really pays off. Particularly if the systems are part of a package and can be used as and when they are needed. Ideally, this service would be offered at a fixed price that can be easily calculated. The responsibilities of external providers range from the data center and the network infrastructure to storage, systems and virtualization. The operator is responsible for purchasing the equipment and taking care of the lifecycle management of all of the components. The customer purchases a defined service with a guaranteed SLA (Service Level Agreement). Based on these details, the private cloud is set up – and of course also operated and maintained – in line with the customer’s requirements.

New: The Swiss Cube from Green 

With the Swiss Cube, we are now able to provide all of the elements required for a rock-solid IT infrastructure. And, of course, provide platforms that will be solely used by each customer. In sharp contrast to traditional housings, the Swiss Cube remains flexible – in terms of its size, design and contract length. The customer always has the option of outsourcing a greater share of its IT systems and of moving applications to the public cloud. The Swiss Cube also offers the maximum degree of flexibility in its operating model. The offering covers all of the elements up to the virtualization layer, but can also include additional stacks and applications. It will either be set up as a private cloud or it will only comprise the use of VMs (virtual machines). Thanks to an extensive network of partners as part of Green’s cloud ecosystem, interested companies have access to a whole host of partners for cloud strategies, the implementation of new technologies, the containerization of applications, integration and operation. In other words, an open network with clear responsibilities but without having to depend on service providers and suppliers.

In contrast to operating your own cloud, companies that use an external private cloud are more flexible and have more room for maneuver. And this is exactly what is key if you want to continue with your journey into the cloud. When are you ready for take-off?