Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016. Read them in this 8th Annual VMblog.com series exclusive.
Contributed by Issy Ben-Shaul, co-founder and CEO, Velostrata
Intelligent Hybrid Cloud Technologies Will Enable Enterprises to Finally Adopt Public Clouds for Production Workloads
benefits of utility-based cloud computing have been well established
and realized by a large and growing number of small and medium
businesses: It provides the agility that customers need in terms of
infrastructure to start, grow rapidly and accelerate their time to
market; and it provides the cost efficiency associated with
pay-as-you-go infrastructure, especially for variable, part-time or
adoption among enterprises, especially for production workloads, has
been very slow and is still at single digit penetration as of end of
2015, due to the following key barriers:
- Risk - Concerns about permanently migrating data assets to cloud are prevalent.
- Stateful workloads with large datasets take forever to migrate. For
instance, moving a 20TB volume over 20Mbps link would take 100 days.
- Complexity - Migrating existing workloads - images, storage, networking - is a daunting task.
- Enterprises want the flexibility to choose where to run their
workloads - on-prem, or any of the reliable public clouds. Furthermore,
they would like to be able to make that choice dynamically, based on
performance, cost or current load.
2016, we predict that there will be a rise in public cloud adoption by
enterprises for production workloads. This rise will be driven by the
availability of new intelligent hybrid cloud platforms and technologies
that will gradually eliminate these barriers for some of the workloads.
concerns can be mitigated by leaving sensitive datasets on-prem while
providing technologies to stream compute instances to the cloud in real
time, and optimizing performance in accessing remote on-prem datasets.
- Streaming workloads also imply dramatic reduction in time to on-board workloads, from days or weeks to minutes.
to reducing complexity is in providing the mechanisms to automatically
adapt the images to fit the target clouds without requiring
administrators or application owners to change anything in the images,
applications, storage or network configuration. Furthermore, solutions
should also strive to retain existing management practices and tools
intact, only extending them with public cloud capabilities.
but not least, lock-in can be avoided by providing a cloud-agnostic
solution that enables administrators to determine dynamically where and
when to run workloads, across private or multiple public clouds.
summarize, enterprises realize the benefits and are open to adopting
gradually and partially the public cloud. But they need the vehicle that
allows them to do so in a non-disruptive, fast, incremental and secure
fashion. Such tools are finally becoming available in 2016.
##About the Author
Issy Ben-Shaul is the CEO and co-founder of Velostrata. He brings more
than 15 years of experience in building successful startups and
enterprise products, and over 25 years of deep expertise in distributed
systems, networking and WAN optimization. Prior to founding Velostrata,
Issy founded Wanova, which developed a novel distributed desktop
virtualization product. Wanova was acquired by VMware, where he served
as CTO in its end-user computing division. Prior to Wanova, Issy
co-founded Actona, which developed WAN optimization technologies for
network file and application services. Actona was acquired by Cisco,
where Issy served as CTO in the App Delivery business unit. Before
Actona, Issy was an assistant professor in the Technion, Israel
Institute of Technology and published numerous papers. Issy holds 14
U.S. Patents and has a doctorate and master's degree in computer science
from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in computer science
and mathematics from Tel Aviv University.