Cloud Computing Services provide information technology (IT) as a service over the Internet or dedicated network, with delivery on demand, and payment based on usage. Cloud computing services range from full applications and development platforms, to servers, storage, and virtual desktops.
Who uses cloud computing services and why?
Corporate and government entities utilize cloud computing services to address a variety of application and infrastructure needs such as CRM, database, compute, and data storage. Unlike a traditional IT environment, where software and hardware are funded up front by department and implemented over a period of months, cloud computing services deliver IT resources in minutes to hours and align costs to actual usage. As a result, organizations have greater agility and can manage expenses more efficiently. Similarly, consumers utilize cloud computing services to simplify application utilization, store, share, and protect content, and enable access from any web-con…
Driving cloud adoption across your enterprise is no easy challenge. But one way to change people’s mindset and steer users towards a quicker, easier, open and more transparent method of ordering IT services is to offer them a cloud services catalog.
In short, a cloud services catalog is a central self-service portal for ordering a range of standardized cloud-based IT offerings. And it offers many benefits to enterprise IT.
It can help guide users away from outdated solutions towards more modern and powerful technologies. It can serve as an effective tool to enforce regulatory requirements and common enterprise standards. It will make it easier for end users to identify and provision the IT resources they need. And, through an integrated pricing structure for chargeback and showback, it will raise awareness of the financial implications of the pay-as-you-go delivery model, encouraging business units to use the cloud responsibly.
But creating a cloud service catalog is far from straightfor…