The Future of Cloud Computing

InterCloud

Understanding what is next for cloud computing is crucial for businesses at all levels because the cloud isn’t just for techies anymore. Managers are responding to the real opportunities that the cloud offers to develop new business models, forge closer ties with customers, and use the expertise of employees and partners. From a technology that was initially adopted for efficiency and cost savings, the cloud has emerged into a powerhouse of innovation throughout organizations

The next-generation of cloud computing will deliver value to the business faster by automating everything from request to deployment and configuration — and do so up and down the stack and across the entire infrastructure. In order for the next-generation of computing to achieve these goals, there are five platform requirements:

1. A management platform that engenders a high degree of service flexibility
2. A platform that can support multiple constituencies
3. A platform that is not tied to a single infrastructure
4. An intelligent platform
5. A platform that is integrated with your existing enterprise management technology and processes

What is next for Cloud Computing?

Introduction of Cloud of Clouds or Intercloud: A new model for cloud computing services based on the idea of combining many different individual clouds into one seamless mass in terms of on-demand operations. The intercloud would simply make sure that a cloud could use resources beyond its reach, by taking advantage of pre-existing contracts with other cloud providers.
More implementation of OpenStack : OpenStack software delivers a massively scalable cloud operating system. It is an open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) initiative for creating and managing large groups of virtual private servers in a cloud computing environment. The goals of the OpenStack initiative are to support interoperability between cloud services and allow businesses to build cloud services in their own data centers. One of the greatest selling points of OpenStack is its incredible flexibility and versatility.
Big data as a service (BDaaS) is a term typically used to refer to services that offer analysis of large or complex data sets, using the cloud hosted services. Similar types of services include software as a service (SaaS) or infrastructure as a service (IaaS), where specific big data as a service options are used to help businesses handle what the IT world calls big data, or sophisticated aggregated data sets that provide a lot of value for today’s companies. Recently IBM announced a new business unit for launching Watson based cloud computing service named as Watson Discovery Advisor to help the researcher from different fields who want to analyze the gigantic volumes of data to find out the result pattern for developing the research ideas. This platform is based on IBM Watson, the cognitive application system available through cloud computing platform of the company.
Platforms-as-a-Service Continue to Grow: More companies will be looking to adopt PaaS solutions in the upcoming years. PaaS allows businesses to lower IT costs while speeding up application development through more efficient testing and deployment.
Graphics as a Service: Running high-end graphics applications typically requires massive hardware infrastructure, but cloud computing is changing that. With emerging cloud-based graphics technologies, end-users will run graphically intense applications using nothing more than a web browser.
More Hybrid Cloud adoption: Hybrid Cloud is a combination of the Private Cloud and Public Cloud enabling IT to utilize on premise and cloud based infrastructure seamlessly for cost reduction, bursting, disaster recovery and other use cases. The key to Hybrid Cloud acceptance in the marketplace is providing this “seamless” capability for all applications, including those production applications that are core to the business.
Cloud as the innovation platform for Mobile, Social, and Big Data: Cloud technology provides a common platform for Mobile; Social and Big Data applications to cross pollinate as well as enhance and extend existing investments. Cloud as innovation platform will give businesses the agility to respond quickly to new innovations, e.g. wearable technology or speech & gesture interaction with applications…
The Internet of Things Takes Off: Look for the Industrial Internet (a.k.a. the Internet of Things) to start transforming operations in few coming years, as solutions combining intelligent machines, big data analytics, and end-user applications begin to roll out across major industries. Cloud computing platforms will play a big role in creating the next generation of intelligent, software-defined machines that are operable and controllable entirely from centralized, remote locations.
BYOD and the Personal Cloud in Enterprise IT: The BYOD movement is already hitting enterprise environments and is expected to expand beyond 2014. As end-users put more of their own data into personal cloud services for syncing, streaming, and storage, IT executives are finding ways to incorporate personal cloud services in the enterprise environment through techniques such as (MDM): Mobile Device Management.
Better Identity Management in the Cloud: Cloud services offer accessibility, convenience, high-power, and redundancy, but with cloud-based applications taking over businesses, there’s a need to rethink security policies. Look for identity management solutions to bring new paradigms of security to the cloud in 2014 and beyond.
More Software-Defined Hardware. In order for servers, storage, and networking equipment to behave like one big “machine,” where applications can assume massive scalability, the entire infrastructure must be virtualized and centrally controllable, that is, software-defined. Ultimately this trend goes beyond SDN (Software Defined Networks) to include every system in the data center. Advanced software control schemes pioneered by public cloud providers will continue to trickle down to the enterprise.
Four heavyweight tech companies are translating their ambitions in the future of cloud computing into investments in their cloud computing services: IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and Google are all expected to spend more than $1 billion annually on their global networks in the coming years.

Source: http://thoughtsoncloud.com/2014/09/next-generation-cloud-computing/

Lighthouse offers free TCO calculation: datacenter on premise vs in the cloud

by Luc Van Haver

Belgian companies also benefit significantly from IT migration to the public cloud

Business operations nowadays are influenced by the four major new IT trends also known as The Nexus of Forces: Mobile, Social Media, Big Data and the one they are all powered by: Cloud Computing. As a result the IT landscape changes drastically and (public) cloud will be introduced on a large scale the upcoming months and years.

Yet a recent Eurostat study concludes that a lack of knowledge is the number one argument holding back enterprises from using the public cloud.

Lighthouse, a Cronos Group initiative, wants to inform you through professional consultancy on the latest cloud opportunities and challenges in a rapidly evolving and changing cloud landscape.

As an introduction Lighthouse offers Belgian headquartered companies a free TCO calculation comparing an on-premise datacenter with a similar setup in the cloud .

Confirm your interest by sending an email to lighthouse@cronos.be

 

Cloud Deployment Models in Human

by Luc Van Haver

In a recent news release Eurostat, statistics provider of the European Commission, concludes that lack of knowledge still is the enterprises’ main reason for not using cloud services.

There is still a Babylonian confusion when talking about on premise IT infrastructure and cloud deployment models. Therefore I think it is time for a translation in human. Let’s compare the need for IT with the need for transportation.

When your enterprise needs transportation (company cars) for its business you have a variety of options to fulfill this:

 

  1. You can buy the needed amount of cars (= On Premise IT). You would have to calculate the amount of cars you need upfront (including potential peaks in need), budget them, order them, make them ready to use, think of a way to prevent them of being stolen and maintain them (or not). This is all in all a time consuming process BUT you will own the cars and you can do pretty much whatever you want with them.
  2. You could purchase a whole car park at once or engage a company to do that for you and organize it in a way that departments in your company can rent a car when they need one and pay for it only when they are using it (= Private Cloud). The cars will never be used by someone outside your company, so they are reserved for you. You would still need to consider the total amount of cars to be bought or reserved upfront including potential peaks. You will pay for the cars you do not use and it will take a while to obtain extra cars.
  3. You could make a deal with one or more other companies to share the concept described under 2 (= Community Cloud). The cars can be used by all (and limited to only) the companies included in the deal. Benefits can be optimization of the resources and sharing the cost of unused capacity.
  4. You could choose not to make any upfront investments at all and work together with one or more vendors that rent cars (= Public Cloud). You would pick any available model from their catalogue at any time of the day or night and as many as you need. All models are instantly available (within minutes), you always get the latest model and you don’t need to bother about maintenance, insurance, fuel,… BUT the car you have used can also be rented to other people you don’t know whenever you are not using the car. Cars can be added automatically when the need increases suddenly and vice versa. Levels of exclusivity often can be discussed, but everything comes with a price.
  5. Any combination of the concepts described in 2. to 5. would be called hybrid concepts (= Hybrid Cloud)

 

I’m aware that purists would want to add remarks and suggest completions to my comparison, creating yet another Babylonian confusion. For a novice in the cloud landscape however it is probably a useful handhold.

 

 

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