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LogicMonitor 2015 Predictions: How Applications will or will not Meet the Cloud in 2015


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Contributed article by Steve Francis: Founder and Chief Product Officer, LogicMonitor

How Applications will or will not Meet the Cloud in 2015

The New Year is a time for resolutions and the enterprise is making some of its own. Beginning with leaving behind the memories of growing pains in cloud computing and coming into to a higher, or maybe deeper, level of transformation.

According to the Computerworld Forecast that surveyed 194 IT professionals, more than 40 percent will spend more on SaaS, and a mix of public, private, hybrid and community clouds in 2015. Additionally, the survey found that cloud computing initiatives were the single most important line item, deployed in 16 percent of IT departments.

Seeing as how the appeal of the cloud is catching the eyes of those key decision makers, it's safe to say that the enterprise will be leveraging it into additional forays, but ensuring not to rattle the core of the business mission: security and revenue.

Here are three predictions for the upcoming year: 

Cloud agility will drive non-core apps into public clouds.

Successful enterprises that view IT as a strategic differentiator will start driving non-core applications into public clouds, for two reasons:

  1. The speed and agility that cloud provisioning offers over internal IT provisioning can offer a strategic advantage and drive the business forward. This trumps the relative costs (or cost savings), of cloud infrastructure.  
  2. Enterprises that (rightly) see their customer's Internet experience as an extension of their brand, realize that any delays adversely affect them in the market place - and since most IT projects take longer than desired, saving weeks (or months) on the provisioning cycle can be significant.

Productions applications stepping up to the cloud:

During the last two years, the enterprise familiarized itself with cloud usage for some DevOps and QA environments.  Now, they are ready to move production applications into the cloud. I have even heard several times, of plans to move the entire infrastructure into the cloud, within a seven year timeframe. Enterprise IT developers will cut their teeth with an initial rollout of non-core applications. By not using horizontal scaling systems that are tolerant of failures that will occur in clouds, such as lambda architecture, this approach builds their experience in building cloud ready applications where scalability and performance can be achieved without resorting to specialized hardware, tuning, or vertical scaling. Currently, most of that experience is present in SaaS companies.

Core mission critical applications are staying put:

In other words, core mission critical applications are going to remain in enterprise controlled and managed datacenters, at least for the next few years. The reason? IT knows that the risks of giving up control are too high. However, the management and monitoring of hybrid infrastructure will make for an area of keen interest.

Just in the past year, the enterprise has come quite a long way with the cloud. Companies like IBM are calling it a "breakthrough year" for their cloud businesses, as other are leaving behind their initial skepticism and seeking more ways to leverage it long term. Meanwhile, research firm Markets and Markets estimates the global cloud market will hit $121 billion by next year.

Not all this change is easy, but the enterprise is bound to get closer than it ever has before.


About the Author

Steve Francis has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, and has both operational and management experience in several companies that experienced rapid growth. He even obtained a CCIE back in the days when it was a multi-day exam.

Having been responsible for data center operations for organizations as diverse as National Geographic, the University of California, Citrix Online and Valueclick, he brings a wealth of real world knowledge about effective data center monitoring.

Published Tuesday, December 23, 2014 6:54 AM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:56 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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