Clouds do not come in a box. You can’t purchase hardware and expect to suddenly have a cloud computing environment. Running your data center more like a cloud vendor is about people and processes — changes that buying new hardware does not achieve. Organizations must change how they purchase IT, how they consume IT and how they organize IT to provide cloud services. Unfortunately, they are overlooking the opportunity to leverage existing infrastructure and investments to build their private cloud.
The practical reality is that many enterprises have an enormous amount of legacy infrastructure that needs to be supported. This makes the installation of new private cloud technologies more evolutionary than revolutionary. The implementation of private cloud components will be incremental. The build out of new, next-generation data centers presents an opportunity to start to lay down private cloud infrastructure more from the ground up. Thus, private cloud technology deployment will be a balancing act between supporting existing infrastructure and moving to deploy infrastructure that enables the IT organization to run IT as a service.
For many, 2011 will be recalled as the year of the data breach as companies of all sizes made headlines for losing valuable data. Small businesses were no exception as cyber criminals found SMBs as a new favorite target. Looking forward, the threat landscape won’t be getting any better but Symantec foresees 2012 as a year of action for businesses where they’ll start taking tangible steps to protect their businesses from the threats they face.