Over the next several years, we expect there to be a great deal of innovation in pricing, service levels, service offerings, and security for clouds, both on-premise and public. An open cloud architecture makes it possible for enterprises to take advantage of these innovations while minimising business disruptions and to utilise these options at the optimal time for their needs and for the appropriate applications. Closed cloud architectures can limit choices to a small set of infrastructure providers and puts the vendor in control of an organisation's infrastructure. Moving into the cloud is no lightweight challenge. To get it right, it requires investment of both finances and time, but a simplified, efficient, flexible cloud that doesn't lock you in can be well worth the investment.
Damien Wong is general manager, Red Hat, ASEAN.
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