In the real world, enterprise organizations often find that they need to connect a variety of departments, divisions, different headquarter locations and a plethora of field personnel together. This leads to highly fragmented clouds that span multiple global locations.
Highly fragmented clouds aren’t naturally as good at integration, because they’re highly fragmented, obviously. Highly fragmented clouds are also harder to manage (in terms of making sure they’re all patched for updates, cleaned for data de-duplication and so on) and harder to guarantee resiliency and uptime on because they’re strung out around various servers in different data centers.
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Advanced clouds are also very much off the à la carte menu i.e. we (the customer) should be able to have a bit this and a bit of that exactly how we’d like it served.In lunching terms, this means having the medium-rare steak, a side of organic tenderstem broccoli plus the triple-cooked fries and the Bernaise sauce and extra Dijon mustard. In cloud computing terms this means having offices A & B in Europe served with high-performance cloud services optimized for heavy transactional data throughput, while, at the same time, also having offices X, Y and Z in North America served with additional data storage power (office X), additional data analytics engine call capabilities (office Y) and increased memory performance (office Z).