The future of cloud computing in 2019

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The future of cloud computing in 2019Cloud adoption has seen a significant increase over the last few years. Businesses need to take a measured approach, looking at all available options to assess where the workloads really belong, based on business need, existing IT infrastructure, cost and security considerations, etc. They also should fully explore and determine the compute resource potential in existing desktops and servers in the organization’s current IT infrastructure. We know that PC and CPU capacity is typically 80 percent available, 80 percent of the time, resulting in significant untapped compute resources for most organizations. Most companies will benefit from a combination of cloud and private infrastructure—mixed ecosystems that offer cost efficiencies and requisite security controls, along with optimizing compute capacity and existing IT investments.

Cloud adoption has seen a significant increase over the last few years and recent reports from Gartner suggest that we will see a 50 per cent investment in cloud technology over the next four years. The cloud is obviously here to stay but many companies are currently rushing to migrate to the cloud because they believe it goes hand-in-hand with innovation. TechRadar Pro spoke with Kazuhm’s CEO and Co-Founder Tim O’Neal to find out if cloud is really the future and what precautions companies can take during a cloud migration to ensure that their data remains secure. How can businesses make the most of their current compute resources? Businesses need to take a measured approach, looking at all available options to assess where the workloads really belong, based on business need, existing IT infrastructure, cost and security considerations, etc. They also should fully explore and determine the compute resource potential in existing desktops and servers in the organization’s current IT infrastructure. This can be recaptured and made available for running workloads at little to no incremental cost. We know that PC and CPU capacity is typically 80 percent available, 80 percent of the time, resulting in significant untapped compute resources for most organizations. Cost savings associated with leveraging unused on-premise compute capacity comes not only from now being able to keep workloads on-premise in the first place but also from being able to repatriate existing workloads out of the cloud and back in-house. What are biggest mistakes companies make when moving to the cloud? 1. Hopping on the cloud-first bandwagon too hastily, simply because the pundits have said it’s the thing to do. 2. Arbitrarily believing migration to the cloud will automatically result in cost savings. 3. Not considering on-premise capacity and how tapping these resources could meet the need more efficiently. 4. Not fully understanding risks and cost associated with the cloud. For example, will you be locked into a long-term contract with your cloud provider? Do you have the required skills? Will your cloud provider offer the service and support you need? Are there hidden data ingress and egress fees? 5. Overlooking the need to consider accountability and data stewardship, in alignment with both legal and regulatory requirements (think GDPR ) and the tenets of ethical data use. Is cloud computing really the future for all industries or are there businesses that would be better off keeping their systems on-premise? We believe in a future that benefits from both on-premise and cloud resources. There is a need for both and different industries—and certainly different organizations—will have distinct needs and considerations influencing the degree to which these options are tapped. The conversation should be about optimal workload placement across ALL resources. Most companies will benefit from a combination of cloud and private infrastructure—mixed ecosystems that offer cost efficiencies and requisite security controls, along with optimizing compute capacity and existing IT investments. Do you think there will be an increase in cloud consultancies to help address organizations’ growing cloud […]

 

 

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