The Cloud in 2016: CIOs Under Pressure
I can’t resist giving you my opinion on the evolution of the Public Cloud in 2016 and, as you don’t like surprises, we’ll go straight to the point: The Public Cloud will increase the grip it has on data centres, liberating your business!
Why? You’re curious, that’s good!
The reasons all boil down to the increasing pressure on agility and control of the system costs of IT departments.
Internal pressures from within companies for increased digitisation sees all its functions and its jobs transformed and an ever-growing number of them, if not the majority, will move to software solutions.
The prediction of Marc Andreessen has come true and endures.
There is software which automates processes, accelerates development cycles and makes objects (more) intelligent. The presence of this software further highlights those functions which must still operate with physical components. The CIO, hampered by data centres, finds himself at the forefront of this divide.
Some start out on the path towards the (badly) named Private Cloud, encouraged by their traditional IT providers who have forgotten to tell them that the Public Cloud is much more than virtualisation, even though it’s a huge market.
We appreciate that it’s in the interest of those old providers to minimise the transformative effects of the cloud and brainwash their customers in order to ensure a smooth transition; at the expense of their clients.
If, at this point, you do not fully see the difference between the Private and Public cloud, I suggest a little exercise to make it clearer.
Is your Private Cloud automated, scriptable? Can you script the path of networks and subnetworks and secure the points where they cross?
Can you create a SQL database, with replications and automatic backups, in ten lines of code? Can you provision 1000 servers in 2 minutes and destroy them the following hour? Can the number of web servers you have automatically scale up and down to adapt to the required load?
Does your Private Cloud offer you a CDN which guarantees rapid response times in every territory across the world? Do you have the flexibility, power and storage capacity for storing and analysing real-time data from Facebook, Twitter or other new connected platforms which you want to leverage in your market without waiting? Can you measure and optimise your infrastructure spend in a precise and dynamic way?
Can you define and apply a single security policy to your entire infrastructure?
Between you and me, there is little chance that a cluster of virtual machines will enable us to say yes to any of these questions; since they are only a small part of a much greater possibility.
You should understand that the Private Cloud barely compares with the Public Cloud. It’s a defensive marketing invention which masks – badly – the widening gap between the offering of traditional IT providers and the Public Cloud players. The path to the Private Cloud is looking more and more like a dead end. And even most advanced who have succeeded in deploying an OpenStack software layer instead of their preferred hypervisor probably still have reason to worry.
We can hope at least that having gone down this path before will help inform the decisions of those who follow. Other alternatives to the Private Cloud hardly shine for their success, either. The result is that the larger players in the Private Cloud market are all reviewing and downgrading their goals, and the big IT players are treading water or throwing in the towel when others shift their focus in a more opportunistic direction.
We imagine this beautiful vision where servers hang from balloons full of helium!
The credibility of the Public Cloud is also reinforced by the fact that its ecosystem has reached maturity: an increasing number of network providers offer direct links, which are secure and advanced, to these platforms. Therefore, everyone in the IT world – the creators of middleware and software, Cloud natives or those who have ended their move towards SaaS – steadily abandons the idea of ‘on premise’ deployment, to embrace the potential of the Cloud.
Internal and external pressures are pushing IT organisations to invest money in and support into their chosen path. And to avoid engaging in ‘trench warfare’ here, a strategy for Cloud Adoption is essential across the business.
Corporate IT stands there with the unique and unprecedented opportunity – finally – to create and demonstrate value.
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Which organisations are ready to take the leap?