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One of the benefits of operating a global Cloud business with salespeople all over the world is that we are exposed to clients at all stages of the Cloud journey. These clients range from SaaS companies with fully automated deployments to Fortune 500 enterprises considering integrating public Cloud into their architecture for the first time.

Is your Cloud provider outcome-based or merely technology-focused?

Most companies that are looking to transition to a Cloud-based model often get hung up on the technology side of the equation. Assessing projected capacities, load balancing, and memory throughput rates are all well and good – these things are all part of the due diligence process, after all.

Eighty-four percent of all software investments are currently made in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In 2017, SaaS will generate 60% of the public cloud turnover and within the next 12 months, 60% of all businesses will be deploying SaaS solutions. These statistics clearly demonstrate that in the near future SaaS will completely change the business software solutions landscape and software purchasing models. There is no doubt that the transition from a traditional to a consumption-based software purchasing model will take place – the only open question is when.
Given our focus on working with ISVs & SaaS companies, we regularly deal with companies considering the best architecture for their product, particularly from traditional ISVs considering a first-time release of their legacy product in a hosted model. We have the pleasure of working with ISVs ranging from early stage startups to the Fortune 500. Regardless where you fall on that spectrum, our experience shows that the three statements below apply to you.

“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave” – that’s true not only for the well-known hotel in The Eagles’ song, but also in many lines of business when talking about paradigm shifts and pervasive changes we’ve faced over the past several years. Nowadays, cars are more and more being leased, borrowed and shared, newspapers and TV are consumed online, servers and memory are accessed only when required.

For the first time we’ve added a new cloud location in the same metro area as a previous cloud location, US-East 2 (also known as NA5 or ASH-2.) This latest and greatest location offers a ton of advantages to both Dimension Data and our clients.

Migrating a traditional application to the cloud isn't as complex as it sometimes first appears. We frequently work with our clients to make this transition, and have compiled three of the most common misconceptions about moving from a dedicated server deployment to a cloud environment.

One of our favorite themes about what people love about the cloud is the idea of “Frictionless Sales”. That’s the ability for our clients to to scale up and down seamlessly on their usage hourly and only pay for what they use. Our largest cloud client uses that Frictionless Model exclusively and is currently adding 400 servers a week sending API commands. That has equated to millions of dollars a year in cloud revenue at 6.5 cents an hour.

While all public cloud service providers seem to offer a similar level of service, there are fundamental differences between cloud providers that significantly impact performance, cost and usability. This in turn influences what applications and workloads will run well on a cloud provider’s platform.

I can't express how excited I am about Dimension Data Cloud's new Tiered Storage offering.  While we have consistently added new features over the last three years, this is the one I've most anticipated.  It finally addresses the Achilles heel of cloud environments − the struggle to run traditional relational databases in a constrained disk I/O environment. 

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