Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Stackify Blog, Automic Blog, Simon Hill, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Microservices Expo, Containers Expo Blog, Cloud Security, @DXWorldExpo, SDN Journal

@CloudExpo: Article

Cloud Model 2014: Hybrid, Google, Brokerage, Startups and The Enterprise

Have a look at my 2013 predictions and read on to see what 2014 has in store for the world of cloud computing

2013 has been incredibly eventful for the cloud industry, mostly for making itself an eminent presence in the mainstream IT market. Businesses of all sizes have made their ways to the cloud, confirming my 2013 predictions. Government agencies worldwide take the cloud seriously, as demonstrated by the CIA's contract switch over to Amazon from IBM. AWS has proven its rapid pace of innovation and has introduced great leaders who have completely replaced the concept of sluggish IT servers with instances. While the market is still relatively small, I believe it will take over the IT market sooner than some of us think. I am not alone in my forecast... another analyst predicted that AWS will become a $50B business in 2015, which means it will multiply 12 times its size from last year. So, have a look at my 2013 predictions and read on to see what 2014 has in store for the world of cloud computing.

1 - Google Cloud Already Pulled the Trigger on AWS
Last year, the GCP (Google Compute Platform) team managed to clearly identify their direct competition, the AWS cloud. Consequently, they realized that they also need to invest in their IaaS offering. With a great deal of research, they quickly focused their attention on cloud lock-in. They presented out-of-the-box tools that import large chunks of data and "surprisingly" do actually ease the one-way data transfer process from Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage. Moreover, the Google cloud team learned that granularity of cloud resources is a key in the cloud and presented the ‘charge per minute' of the their compute which is definitely a game changer. They mastered AWS' weaknesses of AWS and presented replication between regions, high performance disks with excellent persistence and will undoubtedly have more to come. On the marketing side they are doing a very good job with the developers and are speedily working to close the market position gap. As I've followed Google's pace of innovation for the last decade, it is an evident fact that this amazing market leader  has the `web company DNA`, culture and means to run even faster. Next year will be about users and MSPs who are tempted to try this innovative, fast cloud, not only because of Google's monetary incentive, will but also out of curiosity and belief that this is truly the next big cloud.

Amazon, Microsoft and Google: The Cloud Leading Trio

2 - Cloud Brokers are the Market Key Players
I have written a good amount about cloud brokerage, and predicted, last year, that MSPs would flourish. I think it is one of, if not the most fascinating subjects of this upcoming year. The evolution of players such as Google and Azure will make cloud brokerage a real opportunity for new ventures as well as for cloud consumers. Brokerage is the platform for a real future Cloud Exchange Market. Every cloud pundit and leader is aware of this, so it has been pressed to become a viable option. The cloud MSPs are becoming stronger in their positions as cloud naturalists, while the cloud giants' real war awaits them around the second half of next year, supporting their existence and ultimately, their business growth. The next big Cloud Managed Service giant is still yet to be known...but rest assured that I will be the first to announce it.

Who are you, Cloud Broker?

3 - The Hybrid Cloud is the Ultimate Enabler of the Public Cloud
This pertains to enterprises moving to the cloud, of course. Although the enterprise private cloud doesn't exist according to the AWS team, enterprise adoption of the cloud involves using an on-premise, `already-made-investment` in a "cloud way". Fearless enterprises with seemingly endless means will try to deploy their private clouds using platforms such as Openstack, Cloud Stack and AWS platforms like Eucalyptus. The great part about the private cloud solution is that one of its most important features is that it needs to be integrated with the public cloud, which creates the appealing hybrid choice. This hybrid cloud environment enables a limitless, scalable cloud. As a result of endless discussions with IT leaders around the globe that use AWS cloud, it is an evident fact that the hybrid cloud actually creates a smooth migration stream into the public cloud and most agree that it is just a matter of time for the public cloud to hold the majority of the workloads.

The Purely Public Cloud Deployment - The Perceived Risk

4 - More Startups & Cloud Management
The exponential growth of AWS re:Invent exhibitors gave us all a clear idea as to the amount of new startups that have entered the cloud domain, and the AWS ecosystem in particular. The "old" startups that deal with cloud adoption nuisances such as costs, monitoring and migration have graduated to their next stages with a second round of funding, greater knowledge of the industry and a more mature product and team. It is plain to see that the small cloud market players of 2013 and the ones yet to come are still under the "Cloud Management" domain and will approach the next issues in line, such as Backup and High Availability. As cloud consumers mature, cloud management will face more advanced issues, such as performance and availability, taking significant roles in driving new innovation.

Check out my video AWS reinvent interviews - lots of new startups inside

5 - The Next Level for Enterprises
Last but not least, over the last year, enterprises finally began recognizing the term "cloud". Some of which even understand what it actually means, not to mention the innovative ones that have already begun the adoption process. The `Enterprise DevOps` perception will find its way and real leaders will push for incorporating the new culture across their organization. In any case, the enterprises that are still behind will be forced by their ecosystem, customers and giant tech vendors. The enterprises that have already started their journey still see the cloud as their on-premise extension, hence they use it to generate replications for QA and Dev. This year, mature ones will take one step forward, looking for solutions to enhance their test and dev cloud deployments in order to take the next step and move their production workloads to the cloud.

Enterprise Grade Cloud Enabled by the Ecosystem

Last year I predicted that enterprises would move to the cloud, which did, in fact, happen, in due time. Although we swiftly passed the education phase, I will be careful here and say that next year will not hold a great change. On the other hand, the market, along with the maturity of of the IaaS market and new cloud startups previously mentioned, will generate a strong substance for more enterprises to move faster in the years to come changing traditional IT into Cloud.

Cross posted on iamondemand.com

More Stories By Ofir Nachmani

Ofir Nachmani is a Cloud Computing Evangelist, Blogger and Lecturer at IAmOnDemand.com. He has extensive experience helping ISV companies with cloud adoption and management. Today, Ofir is a Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Newvem Analytics Ltd. Prior to these he led ClickSoftware’s On-Demand initiative and established the company cloud offering. On his previous adventure, he led ClickSoftware’s On-Demand (SaaS) initiative and also held several positions at Zarathustra SaaS development VP of product and company CEO. In 2009, ClickSoftware acquired the AST group and Zarathustra as part of it. Twitter: @iamondemand

@MicroservicesExpo Stories
DevOps teams have more on their plate than ever. As infrastructure needs grow, so does the time required to ensure that everything's running smoothly. This makes automation crucial - especially in the server and network monitoring world. Server monitoring tools can save teams time by automating server management and providing real-time performance updates. As budgets reset for the New Year, there is no better time to implement a new server monitoring tool (or re-evaluate your current solution)....
The benefits of automation are well documented; it increases productivity, cuts cost and minimizes errors. It eliminates repetitive manual tasks, freeing us up to be more innovative. By that logic, surely, we should automate everything possible, right? So, is attempting to automate everything a sensible - even feasible - goal? In a word: no. Consider this your short guide as to what to automate and what not to automate.
Cavirin Systems has just announced C2, a SaaS offering designed to bring continuous security assessment and remediation to hybrid environments, containers, and data centers. Cavirin C2 is deployed within Amazon Web Services (AWS) and features a flexible licensing model for easy scalability and clear pay-as-you-go pricing. Although native to AWS, it also supports assessment and remediation of virtual or container instances within Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or on-premise. By dr...
Let's do a visualization exercise. Imagine it's December 31, 2018, and you're ringing in the New Year with your friends and family. You think back on everything that you accomplished in the last year: your company's revenue is through the roof thanks to the success of your product, and you were promoted to Lead Developer. 2019 is poised to be an even bigger year for your company because you have the tools and insight to scale as quickly as demand requires. You're a happy human, and it's not just...
"Opsani helps the enterprise adopt containers, help them move their infrastructure into this modern world of DevOps, accelerate the delivery of new features into production, and really get them going on the container path," explained Ross Schibler, CEO of Opsani, and Peter Nickolov, CTO of Opsani, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...
It’s “time to move on from DevOps and continuous delivery.” This was the provocative title of a recent article in ZDNet, in which Kelsey Hightower, staff developer advocate at Google Cloud Platform, suggested that “software shops should have put these concepts into action years ago.” Reading articles like this or listening to talks at most DevOps conferences might make you think that we’re entering a post-DevOps world. But vast numbers of organizations still struggle to start and drive transfo...
The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. The impact of cloud adoption on test environments is a valuable advancement in both cost savings and agility. The on-demand model takes advantage of public cloud APIs requiring only payment for t...
High-velocity engineering teams are applying not only continuous delivery processes, but also lessons in experimentation from established leaders like Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook. These companies have made experimentation a foundation for their release processes, allowing them to try out major feature releases and redesigns within smaller groups before making them broadly available. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Brian Lucas, Senior Staff Engineer at Optimizely, discussed how by using ne...
While we understand Agile as a means to accelerate innovation, manage uncertainty and cope with ambiguity, many are inclined to think that it conflicts with the objectives of traditional engineering projects, such as building a highway, skyscraper or power plant. These are plan-driven and predictive projects that seek to avoid any uncertainty. This type of thinking, however, is short-sighted. Agile approaches are valuable in controlling uncertainty because they constrain the complexity that ste...
"We're developing a software that is based on the cloud environment and we are providing those services to corporations and the general public," explained Seungmin Kim, CEO/CTO of SM Systems Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The cloud revolution in enterprises has very clearly crossed the phase of proof-of-concepts into a truly mainstream adoption. One of most popular enterprise-wide initiatives currently going on are “cloud migration” programs of some kind or another. Finding business value for these programs is not hard to fathom – they include hyperelasticity in infrastructure consumption, subscription based models, and agility derived from rapid speed of deployment of applications. These factors will continue to...
"This all sounds great. But it's just not realistic." This is what a group of five senior IT executives told me during a workshop I held not long ago. We were working through an exercise on the organizational characteristics necessary to successfully execute a digital transformation, and the group was doing their ‘readout.' The executives loved everything we discussed and agreed that if such an environment existed, it would make transformation much easier. They just didn't believe it was reali...
"CA has been doing a lot of things in the area of DevOps. Now we have a complete set of tool sets in order to enable customers to go all the way from planning to development to testing down to release into the operations," explained Aruna Ravichandran, Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy at CA Technologies, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
We just came off of a review of a product that handles both containers and virtual machines in the same interface. Under the covers, implementation of containers defaults to LXC, though recently Docker support was added. When reading online, or searching for information, increasingly we see “Container Management” products listed as competitors to Docker, when in reality things like Rocket, LXC/LXD, and Virtualization are Dockers competitors. After doing some looking around, we have decided tha...
Agile has finally jumped the technology shark, expanding outside the software world. Enterprises are now increasingly adopting Agile practices across their organizations in order to successfully navigate the disruptive waters that threaten to drown them. In our quest for establishing change as a core competency in our organizations, this business-centric notion of Agile is an essential component of Agile Digital Transformation. In the years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, the conn...
"Codigm is based on the cloud and we are here to explore marketing opportunities in America. Our mission is to make an ecosystem of the SW environment that anyone can understand, learn, teach, and develop the SW on the cloud," explained Sung Tae Ryu, CEO of Codigm, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Many enterprise and government IT organizations are realizing the benefits of cloud computing by extending IT delivery and management processes across private and public cloud services. But they are often challenged with balancing the need for centralized cloud governance without stifling user-driven innovation. This strategy requires an approach that fundamentally reshapes how IT is delivered today, shifting the focus from infrastructure to services aggregation, and mixing and matching the bes...
identify the sources of event storms and performance anomalies will require automated, real-time root-cause analysis. I think Enterprise Management Associates said it well: “The data and metrics collected at instrumentation points across the application ecosystem are essential to performance monitoring and root cause analysis. However, analytics capable of transforming data and metrics into an application-focused report or dashboards are what separates actual application monitoring from relat...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...