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RiverMeadow 2014 Predictions - Cloud Migration Takes Center Stage in 2014

VMblog 2014 Prediction Series

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2014.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Mark Shirman, President and CEO, RiverMeadow

Cloud Migration Takes Center Stage in 2014

Cloud computing is revolutionizing nearly every business model. Today, it's not a matter of if but when a company will convert to cloud computing. Gartner recently found that by 2016, cloud computing will become the bulk of new IT spending and by the end of 2017, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.

Unfortunately, as the cloud computing market continues to evolve, many IT decision makers are facing challenges with their existing network infrastructure to support the migration of their business applications to the cloud. Increasingly, rogue IT spend is leading to uncontrolled cloud sprawl (a proliferation of workloads in the cloud), affecting budgets, threatening the security of critical business data and leading to disparate workloads throughout the cloud.

To ensure your company stays competitive in the marketplace, it is crucial to implement working in the cloud, and emphasize the importance of fast adoption of cloud services. While cloud migration can present numerous challenges and raise security concerns, cloud computing has the potential to reduce capital expenditures and operating costs while also benefiting from the dynamic scaling, high availability, multi-tenancy and effective resource allocation advantages cloud-based computing offers.

At RiverMeadow, we're all about the move to the cloud and are always monitoring the top technology trends because we understand that business tools are continuously fluctuating. While we could spend all day talking about our products and what we're doing for our customers, I'd rather take a few minutes to look into the future and give some insight into what's next for our industry.

As 2014 quickly approaches, there are a few trends that we've been monitoring, which I believe could come to fruition in the next year. 

1)      Public Cloud Providers, Especially Amazon, Will Get Serious About Providing Private Cloud Solutions For The Enterprise

This will be for security reasons as well as other compliance factors. As service providers rollout competitive pricing options, more organizations will adopt an off premise cloud model. In the same way VMware has deployed their vCloud Hybrid Service so their private cloud customers have a migration path to public, those providers who originated in the public space will create a similar bridge to Private environments.

2)      OpenStack Becomes Commercially Viable

Many organizations and vendors are already rolling out OpenStack solutions as an alternative to vCloud and CloudStack to provide public clouds, support, training and system integration services and hardware and software products. Based on what we've seen over the years, the industry loves technology based on standards, and OpenStack is looking to be that solution. Major brands, such as HP and Cisco, are introducing significant offerings in this space and I expect to see adoption expand even further in 2014.

3)      Cloud Won't Be Just For Development And Test Servers Anymore

Migrating to or between cloud environments presents a number of IT issues, but the problems are compounded by having data stored and managed remotely, by external organizations and, in many cases, in multiple locations. As people become more comfortable with the tools and architecture they will begin to migrate existing workloads into the cloud, including public, private and hybrid environments.

Whether these "predictions" come true remains to be seen. I'll admit, I'm no Nostradamus, but I've been in the industry for a long time. What I do know from experience is that we live and work in a global society that is rapidly changing. In order to thrive in today's business environment, we must be able to quickly, thoroughly and efficiently embrace change. With the cloud, change is always inevitable.

The cloud offers enormous opportunities for IT to break the vicious cycle demanded by traditional legacy systems in the physical data center, and by taking the proactive role of moving workloads to the cloud IT can reduce costs, increase management control, and build a strategy for continuing productivity improvements.

Here's to a great 2014!

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About the Author

Mark Shirman is President and CEO at RiverMeadow Software where he brings nearly thirty years of entrepreneurial experience in the IT arena.  Prior to RiverMeadow, Shirman was the founder and CEO of GlassHouse Technologies where, for 11 years, he was responsible for building GlassHouse's leadership in the data center solutions space, managing the investment community, and setting the vision for the company's solutions development.

Shirman started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. after receiving his BA in Economics from Brandeis University and his MBA from American University. Mark is active in community service serving as a trustee at Mt. Wachusett Community College after being appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts.

He serves on a variety of advisory boards and is a director on the boards of Mobiquity, OpenSky, and CloudSilverLining.
Published Wednesday, November 06, 2013 6:33 AM by David Marshall
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