Any of these IT pains ring a bell with you?

Whether you’re a CIO in name or it’s just one of the numerous roles you somehow manage to find the time to fit into, perhaps you’ll identify with Mati Cohen’s assertion that you spend much of your working life stuck between a rock and a hard place.

For the CIO has the unenviable task of mediating the battle between the strategic demands of a business and the IT teams expected to deliver the tools to achieve them. In his article “The 7 Absolute Worst Pains of the CIO” for ITProPortal.com, Mati highlights some of the key causes for conflict, and the usual culprits of contention all make an appearance.

Come on IT, keep up!

Waiting can be a frustrating and expensive experience, especially if those delays feel (or indeed, likely are) detrimental to the business. As the pace of market demand and competitive activity increases, the lag effect of a hobbled IT infrastructure is only intensified.

We’re doing all we can!

Embattled and under pressure, IT teams are working flat out simply treading water — where, as Mati suggests, 80% of budgets are swallowed up by maintaining existing infrastructures.

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A look forward, a look back — why *are* businesses using cloud?

Well, January is coming to an end. So no doubt we’ve all had our fill of technology and business predictions for 2015…

I could, for example, state the statistic that cloud spending is expected to increase from $156bn in 2014 to $183bn in 2015, or that by the end of 2017 half of large enterprises will be using hybrid clouds. They’re impressive figures and show what is for us at least (as a cloud service provider!) an encouraging trend.

And? So what?

But do they really mean anything to you as a potential user of cloud infrastructure? What relevance do these uptake statistics have to you, your business, and your decision about the way that you work with IT now and in the future? Unless you’re one to jump on the bandwagon simply because everyone else is (apparently) doing it, I doubt they carry much weight or significance.

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Show and tell: here’s how cloud has helped my business — what might it do for yours?

If you’re a regular reader of the 1st Easy blog (or you receive our quarterly customer newsletter) you might have seen my recent post about how cloud has changed the way my business works — we don’t just sell cloud, we use it too.

Although we’re still in the process of shifting the remainder of our own infrastructure to cloud, it has already benefited 1st Easy — and our customers — in many ways. It has (so far) reduced our data centre footprint by 50%, hugely improving our efficiency. My team spends less time slaving away managing physical hardware, and more time helping customers and improving the way we work. We have a more resilient hosting platform for our customers, who also benefit from the freedom of new levels of flexibility in the way they use our resources — flexibility that helps them to do business in the way that suits them best.

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Real life experience: our cloud computing customer case studies

No matter how much we write about cloud, extol its virtues and eulogise about its benefits, we’re sure our words will always be greeted with at least a degree of scepticism — cloud is after all, a service that we sell, so how could we be objective about it?

What says it best then, is real life evidence — life with cloud in a living business, and the changes that it brings.

After that long-winded build up then, what follows here is a round up of our cloud case studies. A look at the problems (or “challenges” as we’re supposed to say these days) that our customers faced, along with the why, how, and importantly, the results of cloud computing — what tangible changes became apparent once cloud became a part of the way these companies operated?

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From colocation to cloud data centre — a customer case study with Abstract Ltd

Freedom from the responsibilities of managing their own physical hosting infrastructure — and a service provider they could feel secure with for the future… the motivation (and the must-haves) for Abstract’s move from colocation to cloud.

“The move to the cloud took a lot of planning and effort on everyone’s part but has been worth it. Not only for the reduction in stress levels now that we have passed the hardware responsibility over to 1st Easy but also the fact that we can spin servers up and down as and when we need them. The flexibility that has given us is immeasurable.” — Daniel Meggitt, Director at Abstract.

That’s the result, but what about the story behind these words? Read about Abstract’s journey from a colocated infrastructure to their own cloud data centre, in our latest cloud case study.

Thank you very much to Daniel and his team for their time and insight, which is very much appreciated!