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Accelerite 2015 Predictions - Artificial Federation Products Will Enable Multi-Cloud Orchestration


 

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Fredrik Schmidt, VP of Cloud and Innovation at Accelerite

Artificial Federation Products Will Enable Multi-Cloud Orchestration

2015 will be the year of Cloud Federation (Hybridity) - by artificial means. Enterprises will become increasingly frustrated with vendor lock-in and wary of public cloud security risks, and look for solutions that enable them to leverage an orchestration of private, public, and hybrid clouds - customized to their needs and optimized for their unique set of applications. They will, in effect, force the issue of "Can't we all just get along?" The reality is, we should.

I see the following four themes gaining more traction in the new year: 

Multi-Cloud Orchestration

One cloud won't cut it, and businesses already know it. They'll look for options that make using a mix of clouds seamless - this app in AWS, this one in Google, this one in a private cloud...and then the one in AWS migrating to private, and the one in private migrating to Google...all based on the current health of the individual clouds, and the current needs of the business. Enterprises will demand technology that enables an optimized cloud orchestration.

Artificial Federation

Tools that replicate, convert, migrate, and recover data and applications across both physical and virtual environments regardless of operating system, hypervisor, or cloud will be crucial and nearly necessary for enterprises to use cloud computing efficiently. They'll need the flexibility and control for which a federated environment allows, and seek out tools that can quickly create that federation artificially.

Containers

Enterprises large and small will also decide that this is the year to take that awkward-looking application and give it a trim. Cut a little here, change a bit there, and eventually it will fit inside a container, to be shipped on Panamax into their own "Maersk" data center. Containers are the closest we might get to "true virtualization," but the real crux is building distributed and parallel applications at heart. How they run is one step closer to a simplistic reality in an ocean of options. So Docker, Rocket your way into a new dimension and set sail with even more analogistic language terms and confusion.

Security

If 2014 was the year that antivirus vendors finally admitted to a fact that was known long before (that they don't work anymore), 2015 might be the year we finally get the point across that security is absolutely broken and we are all getting "owned" as a cracker might call it. With concentration being the name of the game around clouds, what happened to security, risk, and data issues? I would venture to say if nation states can get broken into it is very likely most clouds are already there as well.

Once, someone told me there are only two types of companies: those that know they have been breached and those that don't know it yet. The cloud might be a new promise land for some things, but it sure brings a whole lot of old problems with it. Expecting some major clouds to finally realize or admit they got owned in the coming year might be a bit of a stretch, though - historically, nobody ever admits to it happening to them.

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About the Author

Fredrik Schmidt serves as VP of Cloud and Innovation at Accelerite, where he specializes in cloud recovery as a service (RaaS), high-performance computing, virtualization, security, storage management, business continuity management, datacenter transformation practices, and the cloud. In prior roles, Fredrik served as Technical Director at Symantec, Senior IT/IS Director at Thompson Multimedia, and CIO and Co-Founder of Kryptonite Security. Throughout his career, Fredrik has contributed to developing professional services, product, and R&D around Utility Computing, SOA, cloud, and service delivery, and he has also worked extensively in the security field. 
Published Monday, January 05, 2015 6:16 AM by David Marshall
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@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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