By The Open Group
Cloud computing has come of age and is the solution of choice for CIOs looking to maximize use of resources while minimizing capital spend.  Cloud solutions, whether it is infrastructure, platform or service, have the appeal of business agility , without having to understand what is “under the hood”. However, what’s under the hood becomes even more important in a Cloud environment because there can be multiple services running with potential impact on numerous customers and the services provided to them. For software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) the hosting operating system is a critical component included in with Cloud environment as it directly impacts the performance of the Cloud solution. For infrastructure as a service (IaaS) the operating system is a critical choice made by the customer.
The CIO View
The CIO loves the idea of having the ability to rapidly provide on-demand ubiquitous computing resources to their company without the management overhead and integration challenges. The hardware infrastructure, network infrastructure, storage, hypervisor and OS must have high availability, scalability, and performance to meet the “5-nines” reliability expected (SCIT Report) with the operating system being especially critical component in that stack.
UNIX® – A Robust Platform for Cloud
The Cloud needs to be highly available, scalable, secure, and robust for high-demand computing. A certified UNIX® OS can provide this and enables companies to innovate in the Cloud. A CIO would be looking at each element of the stack with a high degree of assurance that the Cloud solution has been well tested and has proven system and application interoperability, which also simplifies solution integration. The UNIX OS amplifies this simplicity delivering peace of mind for IT directors and above.
Who Is Choosing a UNIX Cloud?
Cloud Solution/Hosting Providers look to a UNIX Cloud infrastructure to service financial institutions looking to support high transactional environments like online and mobile banking marketplace.  The UNIX Cloud infrastructure provides a cost-effective, secure, and redundant environment. 
“Verizon serves both customers and employees with a UNIX Cloud infrastructure that implements enhanced agility, superior performance, easy maintainability, and effective cost control,” said Chris Riggin, Enterprise Architect at Verizon. 
HPE, IBM, and Oracle have expanded their services offerings to deliver UNIX mission-critical cloud and enterprise infrastructure, including their branded systems. These UNIX Cloud solutions help their customers continue to scale while delivering business continuity and a low total cost of ownership. 
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