The technological megatrend Cloud Computing has already demonstrated its potential to leverage the value added of nearly all industries. The entire concept was to be described as revolutionary at the time of its development. It would therefore be naive to believe that within the shortest possible time even within the technology itself, new trends will arise which will further optimize the work in terms of efficiency, cost savings and innovative power. Wolfgang Herrmann of “Computerwoche”, in his much-noticed article, has dealt with the six central trends and the strategies derived from them in cloud computing on the basis of a survey of Forrester Research.
Colocation as the basis
In the first step, he concludes that the use of colocation services is important for many users in order to approach the topic. The use of rented data center infrastructures not only offers the possibility to operate their own IT with their own staff in a third-party data center, and thus always to access the latest technology. The concept is mainly used to connect with all relevant hyperscalers in Germany – DARZ uses AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, Profitbricks and CloudSigma. Using a hybrid cloud platform, multicloud scenarios can then be easily implemented, where the user can then integrate one or all six public cloud providers into his strategy. First of all, the solutions can be extensively tested, in no case you need to rent a pig in a poke.
Maximum cost control
As a second trend, the article identifies the increasingly complex cost control within multi-cloud scenarios. This seems to be immediately obvious, but the handling of several providers leads to an increased administrative effort and at the same time makes the overview of the services more difficult. Also the real strength of the public cloud providers, namely to offer highly individual models of service provision and billing, is not necessarily helpful. Here too, the integration of a central full IT service provider, which acts as a general contractor and takes over control and billing, is a way out. At DARZ, users receive a single invoice for all services – no matter how many hyperscalers are worked together.
Sophisticated data protection
Data protection is a huge theme in all cloud scenarios and not every IT person is willing or authorized by his management to keep customer data in the private cloud. Partially, legislation also ensures that this approach is not permitted in certain sectors. In this case, a private cloud solution is usually the right approach. To implement them, you need virtualization techniques and standardization as well as automation features, self-service functions, and corresponding resource monitoring. Implementing all of this requires resources and know-how. Hyperconverted systems point the way, providing pre-integrated computing, storage, and network resources that help organizations deploy and deploy private cloud environments more quickly.
Container: the future of cloud computing
The topic of speed, flexibility and agility is also part of trend number four: Containers. DevOps offers the possibility to develop, test and deploy applications faster. Many companies are now using containers to ensure the portability of their applications between the large AWS, Microsoft, or Google cloud platforms. The cloud providers not only support dockers, but also other runtime environments such as CloudFoundry or OpenShift. When containers are deployed on a large scale, this leads to a number of new questions regarding security, monitoring, storage and network. In this case it is advisable to ask for appropriate advice in order to raise the full potential of containerization. Consulting companies like evoila are pioneers in this field and at the same time have gained extensive experience in projects for corporations and SMEs.
Business applications in the cloud
Trends number five and six deal with applications in the cloud. On the one hand it is that applications are no longer “forced into the cloud”, but are optimized directly for the use within this environment. This approach is called “lift-and-shift” and is intended to help transfer the full flexibility and scalability of the cloud to the application. This is not a trivial process and the use of migration tools is usually essential. This also pays for trend number six, the use of enterprise software in the cloud. For a long time, the IT managers had reservations about denying business-critical software in the cloud. However, this fear seems to be diminishing, which means that voluminous SAP applications are now also included in AWS. This step is only logical, because from our point of view, the performance and scalability of the public cloud is ideal for such business scenarios.