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New patterns emerging for enterprise cloud

24 Oct 14

Westcon Imagine 2014 - It’s no longer a question of ‘if’ but ‘how fast can we move’ and ‘what are we going to move first’ when it comes to companies moving their crown jewels to AWS.

That’s the verdict from Greg Kieser, Amazon Web Services ANZ Partner and Alliances Manager, who says AWS is seeing a wave of adoption of new cloud-based solutions, with several major patterns emerging.

“The first, as with any big technology shift, is development and test workloads.

“The second use case is for entirely new applications. Bristol Meyer’s Squibb uses AWS to run clinical trial simulations for 64% less cost, in 1.2 hours vs 60 hours. British Gas has a mobile application letting customers control central heating with a smartphone.”

Kieser says customers are also using the cloud to supplement on-premises applications, or  building cloud applications supplemented by on-premises resources. Nokia uses Amazon Redshift to analyse data from its mobile applications, run on-premises. Samsung runs its Smarthub digital content application on AWS, connecting the front-end to their on-premises financial transaction system.

Enterprise applications are also being moved. News UK estimates it will save ‘tens of millions of dollars’ by moving its SAP ERP system to AWS.

“We also have many customers who are migrating out of entire data centres or going ‘all in’ with AWS. News Corp is migrating 3000 applications to AWS by January 2015 and will go from 40 data centres to six, with the goal of having 75% of their IT infrastructure running on AWS.”

For more information visit www.aws.amazon.com

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