Greek philosopher Heraclitus is accredited with saying, “The only constant is change.” But, what if you don’t want to change? What then?
Many public cloud providers may follow Heraclitus’ philosophy as they impose restrictions on software and operating system deployments in their cloud infrastructure, forcing companies to change, but this is not CloudSigma’s strategy. Why should enterprises have to change their preferred infrastructure when they move to a public cloud? To make the transition as seamless and effective as possible, shouldn’t the cloud infrastructure mimic the physical, hardware-based data center to the best of its ability?
The answer is a resounding “YES!,” and this has been our strategy from inception – to give our customers complete flexibility and control of their cloud deployments and data, especially when it comes to deploying whatever software or operating system they want.
That’s why, today, we have announced support for Oracle’s Solaris operating system, making us the only major public cloud to support Solaris in the U.S. By maintaining an open software layer, we eliminate the restrictions other cloud providers impose and allow users to fully design and customize their cloud deployment. By offering support for the latest software and operating systems, including Solaris, our customers can continue to run the resources they want, without interference from the provider.
According to Gartner, global operating system revenue grew 7.8 percent to $30.4 billion last year, with Oracle’s Solaris jumping into fourth place behind Microsoft, IBM and HP. So, as Oracle continues to capture more market share, it’s crucial that we are able to provide support for customers wanting to deploy this system. With CloudSigma, customers are not only granted complete control of their resources, but also have the flexibility to customize their software, operating system and networking however they see fit.
With such flexibility, CloudSigma creates the ideal situation for companies migrating their legacy systems to the cloud, or setting up testing and development environments in the cloud. Since companies are not required to change their existing deployments or operating systems, like Solaris, the transition to CloudSigma is seamless and efficient. And, with the public cloud services sector predicted to reach $66 billion by 2016, according to Ovum, the need for such a flexible environment is only set to increase over the next few years.
So, no offense to Heraclitus, but while change may be the only consistent thing in the world, when transitioning to the cloud, we’re all for eliminating, or at least minimizing, that theory as much as possible!
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