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SolidFire: Predictions 2012 - Cloud by Default


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Predictions 2012 - Cloud by Default

Contributed Article by Dave Wright, Founder and CEO, SolidFire

Cloud computing has gone from obscure to trendy, to over-hyped, and to mainstream in the last five years. The next logical step is ubiquity, and I think 2012 will be the year when "cloud" starts to become the default model for new infrastructure and software deployments. Instead of justifying why IT should purchase a cloud-based solution over on-premises hardware and software, the tables will subtly turn, and justification will now be required for why a problem can't be solved by a combination of cloud-based software and infrastructure.

This trend has firmly established itself in the "early adopter" audience of small businesses and startups. Cloud-based e-mail, file sharing, backup, web hosting, and server infrastructure are the only way to go if you're just starting out. For larger companies with established infrastructure, the transition will take time - but every server has a lifespan, and every software solution gets upgraded (or replaced). In 2012, the question isn't "is there a cloud solution we can use to solve this problem" (there almost certainly is at this point), but rather "is there any legitimate business reason not to solve this problem in the cloud?"

Why is this shift happening? Quite simply, that is because SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS solutions represent a more efficient way for companies to deploy and manage the IT infrastructure. With limited manpower, money, and resources, cloud solutions have a multiplying effect, allowing IT staff to do more, faster, and leverage the focused and experienced talent infrastructure experts such as Rackspace, Amazon, Google, and Salesforce.

The barriers that have prevented wider adoption of cloud technologies are rapidly falling. Hybrid cloud models and private interconnections are solving migration, legacy integration, and security issues. Large CPU and memory virtual machines, cloud GPU, 10GB networking, and all-solid state cloud storage like SolidFire are quickly making the cloud suitable for any workload, no matter how demanding. Competition in the cloud space is increasing, providing more options, lower prices, and specialized cloud products.

While some IT administrators will chain themselves to their server racks and continue to claim that cloud is just a fad or can't possible work for "their" applications, the reality is that cloud computing is quickly becoming as ubiquitous as utility power and water. Those that don't learn to leverage it effectively will be buying stock in buggy whip makers while the rest of us zoom around in flying cars.


About the Author

Dave Wright left Stanford in 1998 to start GameSpy Industries, which merged with IGN Entertainment. In 2007, he founded Jungle Disk, a cloud-based storage and backup startup acquired by Rackspace. Wright worked with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of customers. In 2009, he founded SolidFire.

Published Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:22 AM by David Marshall
Comments - Virtualization Technology News and Information for Everyone - (Author's Link) - January 4, 2012 7:07 AM

I'd like to personally welcome each and every one of you to the start of 2012! As we begin what will certainly prove to be a fantastic new year, I wanted to make sure to thank all of the loyal member's and readers of Once again, with the help

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