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NaviSite 2016 Predictions: The cloud gets a tailored fit

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016.  Read them in this 8th Annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Chris Patterson, Senior Director, Product Management, NaviSite

The cloud gets a tailored fit

Most of us in the service provider space have spent half a dozen years starting customer conversations with a thorough explanation of what cloud is and how it can help their business; this looks to be the year when that comes to an end and 2016 will be different. Cloud has become such a well-known quantity that it no longer requires exposition. This is not to say that cloud is no longer important, the business benefits are well documented through case studies and testimonials at every corner of the internet, cloud has now gone mainstream. Going into 2016, the question has shifted from "How does cloud enhance my business strategy?" to "Which cloud best fits my business strategy?"

There is a pretty well accepted definition of what a "car" is; a machine with four wheels and an engine that carries people and cargo on roads. That very simple definition leaves a lot of room for interpretation and as a result there are dozens of automobile manufacturers each building products with different features and abilities to meet the diverse requirements of the car-buying market. Similarly, the basic cloud computing model is simple enough: virtualized infrastructure that can be easily provisioned and accessed across the Internet and is billed via a metered model. All of the cloud providers start with this very basic definition and add their own flavor via the features and design philosophy. As with buying a car, price is certainly a factor, but is secondary to requirements. A sub-compact car is generally cheaper than a pickup truck, but is a poor choice for carrying sheets of plywood.

All of this leads to a maturing of the cloud provider market with better articulation of how each provider differs from each other. Areas for differentiation include:

  • Location on the "Self-Service" to "Fully Managed" spectrum
  • Location on "Dev Ops" to "IT Ops" spectrum
  • Special features to meet the needs of a vertical market
  • Geographic locations for regulatory or latency purposes
  • Integration with an application stack
  • Integration with other non-cloud hosting services
  • Integration with high-speed private networks
  • Choice of hypervisors

Each cloud provider delivers a solution that addresses these factors a little bit differently and those differences will become clearer as the market continues to mature.  The big cloud vendors will continue to do well in 2016, but the real growth will come from the union of IT organizations who know exactly what they need and the community of bespoke providers who can provide that value.


About the Author

Leveraging his technical background and consulting skills, Chris Patterson was a key player in building NaviSite's cloud computing platform, NaviCloud, from the ground up and is responsible for overseeing its continual upgrades and improvement making sure it meets customers evolving needs from both a technical and business perspective. In addition he oversees the development and implementation teams for NaviSite's Desktop-as-a-Service and NaviCloud Intelligent Storage solutions. Prior to joining NaviSite, Patterson spent nine years at MTM technologies as the Director of Information Security Services. Chris holds a Bachelors of Science in nuclear engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and currently lives in Delaware.

Published Tuesday, December 01, 2015 9:03 AM by David Marshall
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