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Contributed by Mike Loftus, VP of Strategy and Marketing, Zentera Systems
Cloud Provider Agnosticism
My prediction is that in 2017 enterprises will "get it" and realize the value of using network and security solutions that are cloud-agnostic.
Current solutions for connecting enterprises to the public cloud use many existing VPNs and public cloud provider constructs such as VPCs and VNets to connect cloud instances back to the enterprise. However, this involves opening firewalls and redesigning subnets on the enterprise side of the hybrid network. VPC and other constructs interact with the lower layers of the enterprise network, which can connect only to the edge of the cloud provider. All of these are complex, time consuming and alter the existing security inside the enterprise datacenter. They also lead to cloud provider lock-in, which is undesirable with respect to having migration flexibility and controlling costs.
Enterprises are now finally moving production workloads to the cloud, and inevitably are using multiple clouds. We learned in the 2016 State of the Cloud Report by RightScale that the typical cloud user is running an average of six clouds, including public and private clouds, as well as clouds being used for experimentation. So as the cloud becomes a commodity in 2017 and beyond, enterprises will strongly want and need to be cloud-provider agnostic.
Cloud Service Providers are currently leading the charge in marketing the cloud to enterprises. The network and security solutions they promote tie the customer to their platforms for obvious reasons. But enterprises need to have more flexibility and robustness among other reasons. So whether the major cloud service providers like it or not, cloud provider agnosticism is coming in 2017.
About the Author
Mike Loftus, VP of Strategy and Marketing
Mr. Loftus serves as VP of Strategy and Marketing at Zentera Systems. He brings more than 20 years of experience working with startups and early stage companies to his current role. Mr. Loftus has held senior leadership roles with several young companies, including E-machines, Graphic Media, Spectron, Connectix, Netfish Technologies and inFreeDA. He mentors Australian companies through the ANZA Technology Network, and Danish companies through Innovation Center Denmark - where he advises early stage companies on building leadership teams, defining product roadmaps, building market entry strategy, and sourcing investment capital.
Mr. Loftus has earned degrees in business and computer engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, completed the Executive MBA program at Stanford University, and completed the Franklin Covey Leadership Program.