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Hedvig 2018 Predictions: Easy Enterprise Cross-Cloud Architectures and More

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Avinash Lakshman, CEO and Co-founder of Hedvig

Easy Enterprise Cross-Cloud Architectures And More in 2018

In 2017, there was a palpable shift in the IT industry and you likely felt the world moving around you as cloud-focused technologies gained momentum and more IT practitioners leaned into the world of containers, orchestration and software-defined technologies. Many felt the imperative to prepare now for this new eventuality. We also saw a significant shift to the public cloud as Azure became the second horse to AWS in the public cloud infrastructure race. Surprising to some, yes, but Microsoft has done a great job incenting its customer-base to try the cloud. One thing we didn't see in 2017 is a preponderance of hybrid cloud where public and private play together to serve a primary business application and its data. However, with solutions like VMware Cloud on AWS made available in 2017 - and of course what we do at Hedvig - enterprise cross-cloud architectures just got a whole lot easier.

With that backdrop, here are some things I believe we'll see in 2018:

●     Like Docker for containers, Kubernetes becomes the de facto cloud orchestrator: I could easily have made this prediction last year and it would be just as true. The recent embrace of Kubernetes across the industry - including Microsoft Azure, Docker, and Mesosphere DC/OS - shows that the open-source container orchestration system has proven its effectiveness in providing simpler cloud deployment, better scaling, and more efficient management. It is already baked in to OpenShift and other private label solutions. In 2018, the IT world will become conversant, if not fluent, in Kubernetes, its concepts and terminology and start to expand inside enterprises and clouds.

●     Serverless computing makes a grand entrance: While organizations have quickly become accustomed to the idea of servers as cloud instances, what if there were no servers, and instead just resources rented to run applications and microservices? Serverless computing promises to remove the overhead of provisioning, scaling, and managing servers, allowing you to focus on the application instead of infrastructure. AWS Lambda is an example of this approach. In 2017 most of the IT world has become familiar with EC2. In 2018, Lambda will begin to take its place in our our cloud vocabulary and become demystified. This is another step toward cloud computing nirvana, and to me it makes a lot of sense.

●     Containers drive multi-cloud adoption: One of the barriers to multi-cloud architectures is portability of workloads. As more enterprises gain experience developing and delivering applications that run in containers, it opens a new level of cross-cloud capability that in 2018 will mean these organizations can more easily spin up workloads in the cloud - or clouds - of their choice. This will make it possible to place and run applications where it makes the most sense based on a number of factors, including economics and locality.


About the Author

Avinash Lakshman 

Avinash Lakshman is CEO & Co-founder of Hedvig Inc, a software-defined storage startup. Before starting Hedvig, Avinash designed and built two large distributed systems: Amazon Dynamo at Amazon, and Apache Cassandra at Facebook. Avinash is passionate about bringing the same innovation to the enterprise storage space, helping to transform a market long dominated by a few traditional vendors.

Published Monday, December 11, 2017 7:14 AM by David Marshall
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