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SolarWinds 2015 Predictions: Anyone know where my infrastructure is?


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Contributed article by Mike Thompson, Director, Systems Management Product Marketing, SolarWinds

Anyone know where my infrastructure is?

Predicting the future of hybrid environments through 2015 and beyond

Despite the growth of cloud IT options-and the massive amount of publicity this growth has received-we are still a long way away from a complete shift from on-premises IT infrastructure and applications to a completely cloud-based IT environment. In fact, estimates are that approximately just five to six percent of the total IT spending is in cloud. That means a lot of investment remains in on-premises IT.

What's staying on-premises and what's moving to the cloud

There are a number of reasons why a portion of the IT environment is likely to stay on premises for at least the foreseeable future, including performance requirements for mission critical applications, concerns about privacy and security, and the sunk cost of existing infrastructure purchases. That leaves two major categories of IT that are primary targets to migrate to the cloud:
  • Applications that are well supported in the cloud, aren't mission critical and that have lower security and privacy concerns
  • Infrastructure and applications that are on outdated underlying infrastructure that will need to be replaced anyway

I should also note that these categories align with feedback we've heard from SolarWinds customers regarding their investment in cloud.

What the future holds for hybrid environments

What's my point? As a result of the conflict between the benefits and risks of cloud deployments and the level of control associated with and existing investment in on-premises IT, we're facing a long term situation where any given company will be running hybrid environments-both cloud and on-premises IT-through 2015 and well beyond. Furthermore, in 2015 specifically, we'll see a marked increase in the blurred lines between cloud and on-premises.

A key example is VMware's vCloud Air initiative. As VMware looks to compete in the cloud against more established competitors like Amazon and Microsoft, it has identified its key differentiator as the ease a user would be able to move from an on-premises VMware implementation to a vCloud Air instance and then move back on-premises whenever it suits them. The appeal is to easily integrate their cloud offering with customers' existing IT operations.

The same principle holds true for IT management software. The ability to monitor and manage all the components of IT infrastructure seamlessly, whether a portion of it runs onsite, in the cloud or increasingly a combination of the two, is becoming critically important.

The bottom line is that if we as IT pros have a choice, we would rather not have to choose at all-even to the point where we wouldn't have to know or care where our systems are operating. We would like the best of both worlds by making the cloud a natural extension of what we are already doing today.

So, for my final prediction: In 2015, the tools and offerings needed to blend on-premises and cloud IT options will greatly improve, allowing more freedom to dynamically select between on-premises or cloud depending on what is most applicable to the application and use case required.


About the Author

Michael Thompson, Director, Systems Management Product Marketing, SolarWinds. 

Michael has worked in the IT management industry for more than 13 years, including leading product management teams and portfolios in the storage and virtualization/cloud spaces for IBM. He holds a master of business administration and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.
Published Thursday, December 04, 2014 8:55 AM by David Marshall
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