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Tesora 2017 Predictions: A Look Ahead at the Cloud, Database Landscape

VMblog Predictions 2017

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Contributed by Ken Rugg, CEO, Tesora

A Look Ahead at the Cloud, Database Landscape

Our company is looking to deliver on the promise of truly open database as a service (DBaaS) from any public, private or hybrid cloud computing platform, so that is the lens I look through every day. With that in mind, here are some of my observations and predictions for the year ahead.

1. Databases in the public cloud take off, private cloud next, the trend to single-purpose databases in the cloud goes on unabated

Databases in the public cloud are really taking off and next year that will accelerate even more. Here are some examples.

  • Last month, DataStax, the leading distribution of Apache Cassandra, announced it is acquiring DataScale enabling it to offer a managed service to be available on AWS.
  • Earlier this year, MongoDB announced its Atlas managed cloud service.
  • Oracle, IBM and Google are all promoting databases on the cloud.

I believe the next logical step will be making these available via private clouds for those still reluctant to put large amounts of data in the public cloud.

We are seeing the same siloed databases in the cloud as we've always had on-premises and from my perspective, this is a major missed opportunity. However, I don't see anything changing the current trend and popularity of the same single-purpose databases made available via the cloud, which I believe will go on unabated.

At Tesora, we will continue to buck this trend with our database as a service capable of managing 16 different relational and NoSQL databases centrally from a single management console. This gives developers freedom to choose the database best suited for their application and provides IT with new levels of productivity. The challenge for our company is to expand support for clouds beyond OpenStack, which we will do - for certain, not a prediction.

2. OpenStack re-trenches from "big tent" with more focus on its core projects, along with selected projects like Trove and Sahara

As I wrote on our blog, OpenStack is both a software platform, similar to Linux, as well as a community, like Apache. As a platform, there is an obvious need for focus and likely a prescriptive approach to make users successful in operating a cloud. As a project, it's a way for a community to come together to create all the infrastructure necessary to operate a fully-functional cloud with all the services that a user might see in a public cloud like Amazon or Google. With this dual personality, it's no surprise, then, that there is disagreement on what should and should not be within its scope.

I believe OpenStack has matured to a point where it will recognize its focus must be on core infrastructure services such as compute, network and storage. Also, there will be special attention on specific projects like Trove database as a service and Sahara supporting Big Data data processing frameworks such as Hadoop, Spark and Storm. The reason for this is simple, those are the projects that score highest in user surveys about which projects are in production or in testing.

3. The predicted demise of Docker is upon us with the rise of Kubernetes. Next, look for emergence of an open source platform equivalent to AWS Lambda.

For the past two years, I have predicted that Docker would enter the "Trough of Disillusionment".  Now that time seems to have arrived with the rise of Kubernetes as perhaps a more important player in the container ecosystem and a potential fork of the Docker code. Looking ahead, serverless architecture like AWS Lambda is where things are headed. I believe an open source serverless platform will emerge in combination with database as a service. This will become the Next Big Thing the cool kids are doing in application development. It is ideally suited to support Internet of Things applications. Watch for this to emerge in the year ahead.

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About the Author

Ken Rugg is a founder and the CEO of Tesora, the company focused on delivering a database as a service platform for OpenStack. Ken has 20 years experience in strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, product definition and development in high technology.

Ken Rugg 

Published Friday, December 16, 2016 9:03 AM by David Marshall
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