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Bluelock 2016 Predictions: Changes to this "always-on" business

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

Contributed by Pat O’Day, Chief Technology Officer, Bluelock

2016 Cloud Predictions: Changes to this "always-on" business

We've seen the cloud and as-a-service providers become the new normal for IT and other departments across the organization. With that change includes updates to resiliency strategies and continuity plans. Over the past year has your resiliency strategy or business continuity plan been updated?

Here are five 2016 cloud predictions for the IT community that will make you to rethink your current plans:

Prediction #1: SasS is the new black

When choosing whether to replace depreciated equipment or turn to an as-a-service provider, businesses are choosing the provider option. Because traditional vendors have become too involved for businesses, they are turning to SaaS more and more. In fact, the fear of as-a-service is subsiding completely, with companies looking to solve more problems with it.

Although many marketing, HR and sales departments have already moved to SaaS, IT has been slower to join the migration. But in 2016, we'll see more IT departments move to SaaS and other as-a-Service offerings, instead of assisting other departments' move.

Many people view IT as-a-service, and larger companies have incorporated service-now IT into their structure. However, all types and sizes of companies are adopting this structure. For many companies, disaster recovery will represent the first move into the service-now area. Because most companies don't invest in the amount of capital that's required to solve for disaster recovery, they will leverage DRaaS providers to take care of it.

Prediction #2: A changing data center landscape

Once companies move their major applications to SaaS, some may think there's no point of a datacenter. That's not always the case; many important applications that haven't moved to SaaS still need taken care of. Companies can hire cloud providers with a focus on IT resiliency to run those applications so their IT team can get back to what matters most to their business.

Providers like Bluelock can assist at this point to host and protect applications while IT (or the software provider) modernizes them so they can eventually convert to SaaS.

Prediction #3: A new era of accountability in the "always-on" business

We've seen CIOs fired for data breaches, but now they will take the blame for downtime and outages. Corporate applications have managed to dodge scrutiny, but social media will soon start exposing more problems and add accountability.

For example, if a plane doesn't take off as scheduled, passengers will often complain about the airline on social media. Likewise, if someone takes their car into the auto shop to be fixed and the part isn't there yet, they're likely to let their frustration out on the Web. These are just a few examples of how social media brings attention to dependencies on applications to run critical business operations.

All organizations want to make sure the service they're offering goes uninterrupted. The CIO will feel the pressures of keeping customers happy and competition off their tail.

Prediction #4: Build, buy or partner

Companies recognize that disaster recovery takes a tremendous amount of expertise, time and money, so it will be a top outsourcing initiative in 2016.

Should you hire in-house or outsource your need to an as-a-service provider? More companies are now opting for the as-a-service option. Because recruiting and keeping great IT talent continues to be a struggle for most companies, they will feel even more pressure to put the talent they already have to work on innovation and growth initiatives rather than low priority but business critical projects like disaster recovery.

Prediction #5: Secure disaster recovery

Due to natural disasters and security incidents, the demand for IT resiliency is higher than ever.  Companies recognize the risk of data breaches, presenting the need for a third party to provide security and disaster recovery in an integrated fashion.

One of the most-missed flaws of organizations: lack of security surrounding an organization's DR plan. Hackers can attack an organization's disaster recovery datacenter or backup facility much easier there then through the production site due to the lack of security. Your disaster recovery site must be as secure as the production site, or your organization runs the risk of security breaches.

In 2016, more organizations will move away from just "checking the DR box" and implement a plan that ensures data is secure both on the production site and on the recovery site. This overall adoption will become mainstream as CIOs are being held responsible for complete business resiliency.

This "always-on" business expects high security and a fast response at all times, no matter the situation. Now that data breaches seem to happen on a regular basis and a disaster can happen at any minute - more people are turning to as-a-service options for assistance in making sure that they can be confident in their IT strategies no matter what.

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About the Author

As Bluelock's Chief Technology Officer, Pat is responsible for commercializing and making the company's "Infrastructure as a Service" (IaaS) cloud computing model a business reality. With more than 15 years of experience as an information technology professional, he defines Bluelock's services, spearheads its strategic vendor alliances and oversees the solution strategy.

After starting his career in network management and systems integration and then transitioning into managed IT services, data center outsourcing and disaster recovery, Pat is uniquely qualified to develop and continue to grow Bluelock's innovative Virtual Datacenter services.

 

Published Monday, December 21, 2015 10:03 AM by David Marshall
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