Welcome to the Country Club Cloud


Membership-based clouds are exploding across the IT services sector. Traditionally asset-light providers are quickly building proprietary, multitenant clouds for their clientele, hoping to capture the next generation of ITIL-based managed services. But is it too late to catch up to the explosive growth of the public cloud?

What do you think of when you hear the term “country club”? For me, member and exclusive are top of mind. Golf also makes the list. However, I tend to agree with Mark Twain who said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled,” so let’s just focus on the membership and exclusivity angle of this visualization.

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About the author

Stanton helps enterprise IT and sourcing leaders rationalize and capitalize on emerging technology opportunities in the context of the global sourcing industry. He brings extensive knowledge of today’s cloud and automation ecosystems, as well as other disruptive trends that are helping to shape and disrupt the business computing landscape. Stanton has been with ISG for more over a decade. During his tenure he has helped clients develop, negotiate and implement cloud infrastructure sourcing strategies, evaluate and select software-as-a-service platforms, identify and implement best-in-class service brokerage models, and assess how the emerging cloud master architecture can be leveraged for competitive advantage. Stanton has also guided a number of leading service providers in the development of next-generation cloud strategies. Stanton is a recognized industry expert, and has been quoted in CIOForbes and The Times of London. You can follow Stanton on Twitter: @stantonmjones.