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Racemi Predictions: 2013 Progress led by Automation and Interoperability

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Contributed article by James Strayer, VP product management, Racemi

2013 Progress led by Automation and Interoperability

Gartner's Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing shows we're coming off the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" and sliding into the "Trough of Disillusionment". We're in a transition period in cloud computing where some use cases for public cloud have been fully embraced, but others have been debunked.

Here are some trends we see:

  • While businesses have embraced certain use cases for public cloud, providers have to figure out how to expand their footprint in accounts in order to continue to see large growth. This requires better automation, reliability, security and performance.

  • We've seen cloud providers push virtual private cloud hard to the enterprise, as today enterprises typically use public clouds for short-term development and QA workloads, as well as custom application development. We've all heard phrases like, "buy the base and rent the peak or spike" and virtual private cloud plays into that story quite well.

  • Enterprises are attempting to reign in all the non-IT personnel who have turned to public clouds to bypass perceived red tape and bureaucracy of internal IT. This will require better, cloud-friendly management tools than many IT shops have today.

In this Trough of Disillusionment phase, it's becoming more and more evident that the cloud does not solve all problems - or world peace.

What's next?
  1. Ability to move among cloud platforms - There are so many viable choices available that we'll see a natural need evolve to move workloads from one cloud provider to another. We'll see the tug-of-war heat up over standardization and innovation just like we've seen in other technologies.

  2. Emergence of cloud platform frontrunners - Following on the previous statement, there are many good options available today and progress being made that will expand capabilities and use cases. I think you'll see VMware vCloud, Amazon, and OpenStack as the frontrunners, with CloudStack, Eucalyptus and others taking some private cloud market share along with some small providers. But, for all kinds of reasons - and again because we've seen this before with virtualization, for example - there will be a number of cloud platforms options for the foreseeable future.

  3. We'll see progress towards migrating complex apps to the cloud with built-in failover and backup capabilities. These capabilities will make it possible for complex, multi-tier enterprise apps to migrate to clouds much more easily. There are platforms that can handle multi-tier applications today, but they often impact performance or require modification of the application itself, which inhibit widespread adoption. We anticipate technology will improve here eliminating today's constraints and make hybrid enterprise applications a commodity.

Automation and interoperability are the key ingredients to make all of this a reality in the year ahead. It's simply not possible moving things around manually. Software that can automate the migration process is required, which can also help lend intelligence to handle the different nuances from one cloud to another, as well as the special requirements of complex apps.


About the Author

James Strayer, Vice President Product Management and Marketing - Racemi

For two years, James Strayer has led product management and marketing at Racemi bringing a decade of experience in the IT industry. Previously, at Symantec, he led product management for the Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) business and worked with OEM strategic partners such as HP and Dell. Before that, at Altiris, his go-to-market strategies fostered exponential revenue growth to over $200 million in annual license revenue. Under his direction, the Altiris product line also led Gartner Magic Quadrants and Forrester Leader Waves for IT Lifecycle Management, Asset Management, Service Desk, and Server Management and won numerous industry awards, including multiple Network Computing "Product of the Year" awards. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Life Sciences.
Published Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:55 AM by David Marshall
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