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Entuity 2016 Predictions: The Year For IMaaS and Workload Fluidity

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016.  Read them in this 8th Annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Jeff Roper, CTO, Entuity

2016 - The Year For IMaaS and Workload Fluidity

Over the past few years, virtualization of computational tasks and physical resources has continued to grow with virtually every organization now relying on some form of virtualized hardware, software and services to fulfil its daily business operations.  One of the primary drivers for virtualization are the obvious financial benefits when virtualization cost is offset against the associated CAPEX and OPEX reductions (less hardware - either through server consolidation or offsite hosting, fewer maintenance contracts, fewer staff, etc.)  These cost savings are even more significant when elastic public resources are employed whereby the optimal amount of resource can be used (and therefore paid for) at any point in time.

IT departments have become increasingly comfortable with the migration from on-premises hardware hosting on-premises applications to IaaS or PaaS and finally to SaaS for many of their key business applications.  The cost savings of not maintaining the underlying hardware and managing the applications are significant for many common business applications such as MS Exchange and PeopleSoft which are readily available as subscription based services.

As cloud resources (particularly compute and storage) become increasingly commoditized there is a growing desire for greater workload and storage fluidity.  Migration from dedicated private server or dedicated private cloud to public cloud is readily achieved using existing cloud provider tools.  What is less easy to achieve (both technically and without financial implications) is migrating back from public cloud to private cloud or between public clouds offered by different cloud providers.  In 2016 these more problematic migrations will become increasingly easier to achieve with two important implications.  Firstly, it removes yet more of the reluctance to migrate from private cloud to public cloud as workloads can be migrated back in-house if the performance or availability is deemed unsatisfactory or if the cost saving is perceived to be insufficient, for example.  Secondly, greater inter-cloud fluidity will drive down virtualization costs as the virtualization provider marketplace becomes increasingly competitive further increasing the financial benefits of virtualization.

Management applications are currently lagging behind business applications in terms of cloud migration - especially in the area of infrastructure management.  Given organisations' deepening experiences with key business application migration and the reliability, performance, availability and security they have experienced with these migrations, the doubt and uncertainty about hosting key management applications in the public cloud are slowly decreasing too.

In 2016 we can expect to see an increasing number of infrastructure management applications being offered via SaaS in conjunction with increasing take-up of the same.  These infrastructure management applications will themselves be extended to provide additional monitoring and management capabilities for the virtual environments in which they and other business applications are deployed.  For example Network Management Systems will be increasingly offered as subscription based SaaS offerings with deepening integrations with Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, VMware vCloud Air, etc.

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About the Author

 

Jeff Roper, Entuity CTO 

For over 10 years, Dr. Roper's contributions to the overall success of the Entuity Network Management solution have been as far reaching as they are deep. They include projects that both increase the overall understanding of how networks operate while also being translated into solid product features that help ease the overall burden of managing several hundred to thousands of network devices scattered around the globe.  These include significant advances and enhancements in the areas of QoS, MPLS, IPSLA, service monitoring, configuration management, flow analysis, topology discovery, AA-NPM, virtualization support, routing protocols, XML API support, device support, device modeling, VoIP, and IPv6.

Prior to joining Entuity in 2002, Dr. Roper held several position of increasing responsibility at ViewGate Networks, an innovator in providing real-time, end-to-end service management, including Senior Design Engineer, Team Leader and Software Architect. Before moving to ViewGate, Dr. Roper held a variety of positions with British defense agencies culminating in the position of Senior Scientific Officer/Senior Scientist with the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. Dr. Roper received his BSc with Honours in Computer Science from Nottingham University before going on to receive both a Masters (1995) and PhD (1999) from Cranfield University. Dr. Roper is also a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Information Technology Professional, and member of the British Computer Society.
Published Tuesday, December 01, 2015 9:01 AM by David Marshall
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