The cloud is changing the way organizations buy, architect, build, maintain and manage their infrastructure, which collectively needs to scale to support and connect billions of users and devices as well as the cloud systems that support them. We have defined this collective technology architecture as software-defined anything (SDx), meaning any software tools that can be used to build, manage, and network cloud applications.
The SDx infrastructure and cloud model have had a huge impact on how organizations view their IT platforms. They can now scale almost infinitely, and globally, in months rather than years. Once an application is built it can be connected to other data and applications in the cloud. It can be distributed across multiple sites or platforms with relative ease. It has made IT a more strategic weapon for growth.
As cloud computing has become mainstream, it offers more flexible resources that organizations can use to achieve their objectives. Organizations have many cloud options: they can buy the applications from the cloud themselves, with software as a service (SaaS) offerings; they can buy capacity, with infrastructure as a service (IaaS); or they can enlist a development environment, with platform as a service (PaaS). As the cloud grows, it creates the need for more SDx tools, which is why it’s important to understand its role and how to maximize its utility.
The Digitalization Drive
Cloud services in their various formats — SAAS, IAAS, PAAS — are more than just about a new way to access business applications. They can also be transformative in the way a business conducts business by enabling the drive to digitalization.
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