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Ajax 1 and the Cloud

Basically, of course, these two quantities have nothing to do with each other. The soccer club itself will probably fill its IT with Cloud services, but the Ajax 1 team? Yet there is a connection between the two. Let me explain.

(Public) Cloud benefits

The other day we co-hosted a webinar with Reassure on the value of Microsoft Azure. This webinar covered the aspects that a Public Cloud service like Azure offers such as, scalability, flexibility, pay-per-use, capacity without limits, and so on. A lot of features and functionalities that obviously provide value to an enterprise IT environment.

A Cloud solution, including a Public Cloud, is standard service. Based on this standard service, we also see Service Provider mostly touting those specific benefits. While those elements don’t actually fit directly for customers. There is a need among them both in terms of content and feeling for an environment that works for them. A custom environment that advances their applications and organization.

Functions & Features

Ajax 1 and customization

That’s where the link to Ajax 1 comes in. Last week, Erik ten Hag, coach of Ajax 1, shared how he keeps his players fit, and thus employable. Fit players ultimately deliver better performance and thus higher results.

In Voetbal International magazine, Ten Hag said the following about the program:
“Within a certain bandwidth, we look at each week, as well as each practice, what each player needs to deliver approximately. You should also train at higher speeds, because it has been proven that if you don’t, you become more prone to muscle injuries. But if you do too much again, you are also prone to such injuries again. So it’s continuous steering, tailoring for each player.”

And this analogy also applies to the workloads that applications must perform for the various processes in an organization. Not only in terms of speed and intensity, but also in terms of timing. Very similar to an elite team. Sometimes peak performance must be achieved and sometimes it can be taken easy.

This is exactly where Cloud can also play a role. Be able to support the dynamics of different application workloads within an organization in different ways and at different times. And monitor and thereby keep fit.

Custom versus One-Size-Fits-All

A Blind or Antony?

Finding the exact value of this is more than indicating the extreme flexibility and deployability of Cloud. It’s mostly about understanding your customers’ business and what applications and workloads play a role in it. And in terms of analogy, knowing whether those processes are more likely to act like a Daley Blind or an Antony.

To understand that, you have to dive into your customer’s world. To do that well, you have to have a focus on a particular type of organization and target audience. How exactly do you do that?

That’s where we, as Force21, can help. With a specific methodology for Service Providers, we help determine the value for you as an organization to your target audience. Want to know more about whether you can grow with that? Contact me.


Do you want to know more or have a talk? Plan a call with Thijs van Hofwegen, the founder of Force21.

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