Benefits of consolidating data centers
As many SAP customers already run some software in AWS or Azure, they may want to “co-locate” the new SAP software there as well, Roos suggests.
Still, it seems that if the public cloud is a viable option, more corporate workloads will flow in that direction.
“This is not a one-size fits all solution for infrastructure,” says Benioff.
David Clarke, senior vice president of technology development at Workday (wday), which specializes in financial and human resources software for big companies, agreed that expanding geographic reach is a big reason to consider public cloud.
A public cloud—referred to within the industry as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaa S)—consists of massive quantities of servers, storage, and networking owned-and-operated by one company, and then rented out to others.
Box and Workday, for example, are turning to AWS and IBM (ibm) Soft Layer to run specific types of software.