While many enterprises are in the process of moving their workloads (partially) to the cloud, some companies prefer (or are legislated) to own their own infrastructure. Companies that are doing engineering services, companies in healthcare, companies that act as their own IaaS provider – there are a lot of companies where owning their own infrastructure is required.
One of the reasons of owning your own infrastructure can be control. Whether you need to meet certain compliance that cannot be provided by a bigger general-purpose cloud – or that you want to be in control of service windows for patching your systems in downtime of your choosing – having your own infrastructure often provides additional amount of control and possibilities to tune to your specific needs. Cyber security is another consideration for owning your infrastructure; control is again the driver here. There have been several well-documented cases where enterprises have experience an outage or loss of service on their public or shared cloud infrastructure suffered through no fault of their own.
The broad consensus might be that moving workloads to the cloud is more economical viable than owning own infrastructure by reasoning that cloud infrastructures are more scalable, and expenditures are moved from capital to operational budgets. But this might not be as cost-effective as it sounds. Cloud computing can easily result in unexpected costs, especially when you take performance and security set backs into consideration.
When moving to open hardware infrastructures, economies of scale play a part, while flexibility and security way in heavily as well. Open hardware provides enterprises with far greater flexibility when compared to conventional IT infrastructures – available at a far lower total cost of ownership.
Our belief is that enterprises should not be tied into vendor specific agendas but rather be led by the greatest technology that is available on the market. With open infrastructure, originated from hyperscalers and driven by a passionate community, companies are assured that pace of innovation is there. Choice on systems level and component level makes up for a platform that is open and predictable and cost effective. Moreover an infrastructure in which enterprises have full control and assure companies that depend on being at the cutting of technology to be able to stay ahead of the curve.