By Bernard Golden The salty tang in the air is the fragrance of a sea change in IT – a tidal shift that will change the role of IT and IT participants over the next five years. I believe that 2016 will go down as the year in which the future of IT appears out …
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Bernard hits the nail squarely on the head with this excellent "state of the cloud and where it is headed" post. This year will see significant shifts in cloud adoption by enterprises. More and more large corporations are either moving existing apps to public cloud ( where it can be done relatively easily) or building their next generation apps using CNA architectures. We will see a model of corporations using multiple clouds for different purposes become the norm.
Those that have invested in internal private clouds will complement them with public clouds to meet growth, agility and financial demands. We can expect to see hybrid clouds, a brining together of legacy data centers, private clouds and multiple public clouds into the new "corporate compute platform". Companies will use the cloud that is the best mix of performance, cost, security and ease of use for a given business need, and hence end up with a blend of different clouds in their purview.
This will lead to the need for a common cloud management platform with tools and services that all the business need to make optimal use of this new environment, be able to manage their applications wherever they are running, rapidly deploy new microservices wherever they are best run, while meeting security and compliance requirements.
For this all to work they will also need to transform the internal culture to an agile and fast paced DevOps culture that optimizes the overall end to end flow of service delivery to customers.
The future is very different with a focus on application creation, delivery and support at the speed needed by the business. The underlying infrastructure has been commoditized and for most business there is not competitive advantage to running your own hardware, networks and support organization. Focusing their resources on building the best services to meet customer demand as fast as they can, and managing those applications and services is the new mission.