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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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!

Cloud. We’re not just a provider, we’re a user too.

Maybe that’s one of the weightiest endorsements we can give to cloud computing. We don’t just “sell” it — we use it. Cloud has become an integral part of our business, not just because it’s our core service, but because it now underpins our own IT strategy.

So, what better way to illustrate a real world example of how cloud changes a business, than to take a candid look at how it has impacted on the fortunes of 1st Easy — the company I co-founded almost 15 years ago?

Let’s begin by looking at how our hosting operation looked a few years ago.

Back in 2010, our data centre was approaching full capacity: we had cabinet, after cabinet, after cabinet, full of servers to support our shared and dedicated hosting services.

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Cloud Data Centre (cDC) case study: Knowledge Powered Solutions

A dependable, flexible platform — without the capital investment and management overhead. A cloud provider that would do more than simply hand over the keys. These were among the main considerations for Knowledge Powered Solutions as they looked at their options for delivering their knowledge management software.

Find out how our teams worked together in our latest cloud data centre case study; with thanks to the team at KPS for their time and feedback in producing the study, which is much appreciated!

"We needed flexible options, and to have the ability to tailor our infrastructure to our specific requirements" — Cloud case study.

Now that, sounds like a job for cloud. Find out how we worked with Triangle Software to provide them with a cloud data centre that would meet their requirements of a flexible and reliable IT resource, backed with technical support from a team they could rely on.

And of course, thank you very much to the team at Triangle for taking the time to help us put the case study together.