Almost all businesses are already running hybrid clouds today. Sysadmins need to make their peace with the public cloud as it takes the lead.

I am not the only person to predict that the cloud will take over most of what we experience as “Internet” and “Networks” (for consumers this is already the case). Of course admins that manage a local area network with switches, copper cables, and one or more data rooms know, that a good part of their work and hardware will not go to the cloud anytime soon. So we will all have to live with a mixture of public and private cloud: The hybrid cloud.

Let me quickly explain what I mean when I say “cloud”: I do not differentiate between PaaS, IaaS or SaaS – in my head they are all “the cloud” with different flavors which depend on the type of application/use case (you have probably seen the t-shirts “There is no cloud, it’s just someone else’s computer”).

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Consequently “hybrid cloud” for me is an IT setup which mixes workloads and services in the cloud (=public cloud) and in one’s on-premises network (=private cloud) into a mixed network.

In a survey Rightscale found that already last spring 88% of businesses were using the public cloud in some way. And they all have an on-premises network, too. So the hybrid cloud is the standard today anyway.

In this blogpost I would like to share a few articles from around the world that I found interesting about the cloud.

Article 1: Corporate “no-cloud” policies to be extinct by 2020, Gartner says

OK, it’s Gartner’s view on things which is strongly influenced by larger companies, but they make smart points! Especially the fact that almost all modern applications will only be available in the cloud in the future (SaaS business models are simply too attractive for buyers AND vendors)! Soon there will be few other viable options whenever you need an application to solve a problem.

Quotes:

  • Cloud computing is getting so pervasive throughout the enterprise that Gartner Inc. is predicting so-called “no-cloud” policies will become as rare as “no-Internet” stances in the near future.
  • More leading-edge IT capabilities will be available only in the cloud, forcing reluctant organizations closer to cloud adoption,
  • Maintaining a “no-cloud” policy position will become “increasingly untenable” as time goes by.
  • Already, some 88 percent of enterprises have already adopted a “cloud-first” strategy by the end of 2015.

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/07/05/corporate-no-cloud-policies-to-be-extinct-by-2020-gartner-says/

Article 2: Preparing businesses for life in the cloud

This article stresses one of my concerns with NOT going to cloud: AWS has thousands of security experts. “Normal” companies have a handful at best. This handful shall not work on the security of the platform, but on the core business IT.

Quotes:

  • Major cloud vendors have arguably surpassed traditional data centres in terms of security.
  • This is not to say that extant, on-premises data centres don’t have solid security. Many of them surely do.
  • The real question boils down to trajectory. Where will we be in 3-5 years?
  • A classic misconception with cloud computing is the all-or-nothing mentality. Many companies have avoided the cloud for fear of how grandiose the project would need to be. Instead, baby steps are advised. Companies should take their time, and move incrementally.

https://www.theguardian.com/sap-partner-zone/2016/jul/18/preparing-businesses-cloud-offices

Article 3: Cloud Computing’s Big, Disruptive Multiple Hundred Billion Dollar Impact – As cloud computing is one of the most disruptive forces in IT history.

The cloud is already such a big chunk of the IT industry that you can’t ignore it. Not as vendor. Not as buyer.

Quotes:

  • The move to cloud computing, which has given traditional hardware and software providers heartburn for years now, will thus become “one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending” since the beginning of the computing era
  • That’s because many companies ranging from tiny startups to Fortune 500 behemoths that previously bought and maintained their own computer servers, storage, and networking gear in their own data centers are now shifting to having other companies handle it for them.
  • The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and ‘born in the cloud’ providers.

http://fortune.com/2016/07/21/cloud-computing-multiple-billion-dollar-impact/

Article 4: Shadow IT is actually great for your cloud strategy

My final clipping talks about the fact that “unknown” cloud usage (=people in the business that use cloud services without IT department knowing about it, so-called “shadow IT”) is already so big, that all companies are cloud customers anyway.

Quotes

  • In a survey, cloud security broker vendor CipherCloud found that 86 percent of cloud applications used at workplaces are unsanctioned.
  • First, if you have cloud services used and managed by non-IT organizations, say the HR department using a SaaS HR management systems, then you don’t have to spend your time selling your users on the cloud. They’re already there! I spend most of my time convincing people that if they use Amazon Web Services or Salesforce.com that the sky won’t fall.
  • Second, having such department-managed cloud services saves you from having to drive through a requirements cycle for that department, since it already selected the right (well, hopefully right) cloud service.
  • Third, these shadow cloud deployments give you the green light to put more stuff on the cloud, including applications and data.

http://www.cio.com/article/3099106/cloud-computing/cios-shadow-it-is-actually-great-for-your-cloud-strategy.html

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Author: Dirk Paessler

Founder and CEO, Paessler AG

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