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Cloud marketplace leads the way to #BeFutureReady

Fri 15 Apr 2016

Traditional software — and the computer infrastructure to support it — is giving way to the cloud marketplace, where companies can be agile and cost-effective with resources. Let’s explore the advantages to this revolutionizing resource.

Filling a need

Economics has forced companies to stop asking if they need to use the cloud. Today, they know it offers them better service. The use of cloud marketplace and managed service providers (MSPs) simplifies many IT duties, like deploying software, allowing companies to use their resources to help their customers instead of tending to IT issues.

“When it comes to cloud marketplace technology, everything boils downs to one word: solution. Companies need better, faster, scalable solutions to address today’s dynamic business needs.”


Advantages to enterprise organizations utilizing a cloud marketplace include:

  • Setup is easy
  • Provisioning and managing of all services are handled in one place
  • Self-service deployment for users, which saves IT resource time
  • Monitoring usage, spending and other services in one place
  • Consolidated payment

Where is cloud computing headed?

In addition to allowing organizations to purchase and use software, the cloud is now a resource to developers. Cloud microservice architecture (or microservices) gives developers a flexible method for creating enterprise software.

By building in the cloud, they can easily scale for various platforms and devices. Essentially,  microservices[ utilize a suite of independently deployable, small modular services in which each runs a unique process. How they communicate is well-defined, but it will vary depending on the application’s requirements.

“Containers and microservices open a door towards more agile IT orchestration and management.”


Be future ready with cloud computing

Future-ready businesses need to be agile and able to choose the appropriatecloud computing services for their needs. The trend is toward sharing content and data across several cloud services.

Cloud services scope well for all types of businesses. For an enterprise organization, the service’s ability to easily adapt across divisions and countries is particularly advantageous.

“To keep up with this (cloud services) trend, future-ready enterprises will need to know how to rapidly onboard, bundle, provision and deprovision their portfolio of cloud services.”


With the cloud, people and organizations have the freedom to utilize solutions that scale to their needs. They can shop around for different applications, instead of purchasing a complete software package.

Future-ready businesses need to be security-minded

Along with agility of choosing services in the cloud, businesses need to look at their overall security culture. The cloud allows employees to utilize company services on a variety of devices, which further blurs the lines between home and business. By developing and fostering cloud security behaviors and habits, a business can create a more creative, secure environment to work.

In Future ready cloud security, Eric Vanderburg outlines the three steps to developing a security-minded culture:

  1. Foster ongoing communication
  2. Create and maintain a data map
  3. Be discerning in choosing your products and services

“Organizations that develop a security-minded cloud culture now will better transition into the cloud in years to come as it continues to grow.”


Enterprise organizations see the future in cloud marketplace offerings of flexible software options and development architecture. Companies need their security culture to keep pace with these new offerings. How are you adapting the cloud for your business? Share with us on Twitter using #BeFutureReady.

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