CESI: A new way to demystify cloud terms and platforms

CESI could offer easy and widespread adoption of the cloud.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is an emerging sector of cloud computing. But as with most areas of technology, the next level is already being developed and Gartner has begun talking about cloud-enabled system infrastructure (CESI): a new term that will clarify the cloud terms and platforms that have been confusing users.

The capabilities of IaaS have been particularly popular among start-up companies, Dan Scarfe of Dot Net Solutions suggests, as it allows companies to virtually acquire the infrastructure they need to expand and run smoothly.

He noted that in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, the point was made that having a steady load on machines in-house can be the cheapest option but only if investment is already in place. For growing businesses, the investment is not likely to be there so virtual solutions are the most cost effective option.

Yet while most of IaaS is dealt with by the provider, the new addition to IaaS suggested by Gartner, CESI, could give more control to the business where it is used.

Gartner explained the way that CESI can be used as such: "In cloud IaaS, the capabilities of a CESI are directly exposed to the customer through self-service. However, other services, including non-cloud services, may be delivered on top of a CESI."

Following Gartner's introduction of CESI, Mr Scarfe explains that this new version of cloud computing could be a practical and highly useful tool for businesses moving forward.

He said: "This phrase could be seminal as it describes a model of Cloud consumption which is truly friction free. For widespread adoption of Cloud amongst enterprises to happen, it has to be easy. Really easy."

Indeed, cloud computing is becoming highly popular among businesses as a way to gain scalable and flexible IT solutions. However, as many companies are short on time and finances at the moment anyway, they may be reluctant to look towards implementing technology processes like cloud computing if they think it is tricky to use and takes time to learn. If cloud computing is made really easy to use, then it should be simple to adopt.