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Cloud computing is a mature technology; it’s developed to the point where it’s powerful, reliable and backed up by enterprise cloud services professionals with a deep understanding of the technology.

But in another sense, cloud computing still has a lot of growing to do. As workloads expand and competition heats up, businesses are facing a deluge of highly specialized cloud services and configurations.
The task of the next generation cloud is to provide the benefits of multiple cloud hosting environments, with the simplicity and efficiency of single-partner provisioning. Here are three ERP problems that will be solved by the next cloud generation:

1. The next generation cloud will end fragmentation. We’re big fans of hybrid cloud adoption and understand the need to use different cloud and on-premise solutions for different workloads. However, when organizations are forced to use multiple vendors it can lead to fragmentation. Each cloud has its own standards and protocols, which means tenants need to configure their IT to those standards.

Organizations become locked into vendors, with no way to switch that isn’t complex, costly and disruptive. Stability and security can suffer along with flexibility, as organizations are vulnerable to disruptions in any one of their cloud providers.

Next generation cloud computing will allow companies to enjoy the benefits of multiple, specialized clouds without the risks and costs. A single vendor will be able to support high-throughput hardware-dependent workloads like SAP® hosting, low cost and rapid provisioning in big data, development and testing environments and complete integration with onsite IT.

2. In the next generation cloud, you won’t waste internal IT talent putting out fires. In a fragmented hybrid cloud, your internal team has to handle cloud integration, load balancing, along with other configuration, patching, administration and security duties. It can be difficult for organizations to predict in advance how much additional work they’re creating as they change providers, upgrade or reconfigure cloud and IT infrastructure. This can stress the internal team, and lead to delays in strategic projects.

In the next generation cloud, internal IT won’t have to act as the bridge between multiple workloads. Instead, your company will have a single cloud solution operated by a single provider and backed by comprehensive IT managed services. That means you can stay on the cutting edge without pushing your team over the edge.

3. With the next generation cloud, you can optimize your technology strategy. The current state of cloud computing makes tactics easy and strategy hard. How do you minimize disruption over a multi-stage upgrade when each of your providers has its own planned update and outage schedule? How do you design a flexible system for rapid scaling when you have six highly-specialized clouds? How do you minimize risk or support compliance when your providers each have different controls and levels of visibility?

In a next generation cloud solution, you’d be free to consider your options and make your move. You’ll know the benefits and costs of each configuration, and have a high-touch managed IT services staff to guide you through the process. You don’t have to worry about multiple outage schedules during upgrades, or emerging compatibility issues as your providers upgrade and reconfigure their offerings. With better visibility and lower risk, you’ll be able to make the right decision, every time.

The next generation cloud is here! ERP workloads are inherently complex — that’s not going to change. But in the next generation cloud, dealing with that complexity becomes the provider’s responsibility, not the customer’s. Symmetry moves you beyond the difficulty and unpredictability of dealing with multiple vendors, providing a complete solution, perfectly configured to your IT, budgetary and strategic needs.

Learn more about the next generation cloud from Symmetry.

Autumn Salama - Sr. Director of Technical Operations

Autumn Salama - Sr. Director of Technical Operations

Autumn Salama is the Senior Director of Technical Operations at Symmetry where she is responsible for Symmetry’s Implementations and 24x7 Support Services team. Autumn has been in the data center and cloud infrastructure business for over a decade - managing teams responsible for everything from critical infrastructure operations, service delivery, technical support, marketing and product management. Autumn leverages her diverse experience to provide superior customer service to Symmetry Clients throughout the service delivery and on-boarding process as well front line support outside of business hours.