The year 2017 will be the one when hybrid where multi-cloud becomes the norm – on-premise private clouds mixed with public clouds where Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) melds with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to build highly interconnected fabrics.
The new paradigm allows enterprise to embrace the benefits of software-defined networking, and enhance their use of IoT platforms.
Jeremy Deutsch, managing director of Equinix Australia, expects more hybrid cloud, more interconnection, more insights and more possibilities for IT delivery as we enter 2017. He writes:
The year of multi-cloud convergence
Australian cloud adoption has matured to a stage where enterprises are now reliant on cloud infrastructure, particularly multi, hybrid-cloud models to accelerate their business and support digital transformation.
We are fast approaching a tipping point, a time when the convergence of multiple clouds across the enterprise, acquired organically over time, will fundamentally change the way businesses operate.
Ecosystems that connect employees, customers, partners, vendors and devices will be the priority in 2017, with storage and backup, business intelligence, disaster recovery, project management, and content management the latest applications to move to the cloud.
As enterprises simultaneously leverage multiple clouds, it can be challenging to manage solutions across different environments from different vendors.
If a management structure is not in place early on, the operational issues associated with multi-cloud could start stacking up, resulting in a negative impact on service delivery.
To combat this, enterprises will continue to deploy an interconnected fabric – residing in carrier neutral facilities – to create a central nervous system that connects all aspects of digital business and synchronises all activities. This will facilitate the shift from a system-centric to user-centric approach to IT, with faster, low latency connections and higher security.
The rise of the digital ‘edge’
Business models are being disrupted, forcing changes in how enterprises operate in the digital economy.
Successfully responding to increased user demand for immediate, secure access to information, requires a level of proximity to users that traditional IT architectures can’t deliver.
This is driving organisations to adopt an interconnection-first mindset that prioritises the quality of the end-user experience and enables instant, direct and secure interconnection between customers, partners and employees.
The convergence of multiple clouds will call for a natural extension of the boundaries for today’s digital business to the ‘edge’ – closer to users and their data. This will be important as businesses strive to better engage with customers in real-time, leveraging social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies simultaneously.
A changing paradigm of security
The heightened need to retain control over IT security when everything is distributed and ubiquitous changes the security paradigm in a digitally interconnected world.
Companies need to closely consider security across people, things, processes and information, or they risk significant vulnerabilities. To put it simply, organisations need security safeguards at the front ends of both their web and internal worlds.
To meet this change, expect new solutions and approaches to security to emerge in 2017, as we’ve seen in Blockchain this year.
The need to keep encryption keys separate from data will also spur innovation in the security landscape and it’s certainly something to watch.
Interconnection is providing the choice to move from point- security solutions to the flexibility of buying Security-as-a-Service with benefits such as speed of implementation, ease of set-up and maintenance, and real-time protection.
Finally, as hybrid cloud becomes more popular, organisations will realise that cloud providers do not provide all-encompassing security solutions, but rather, only take responsibility for securing their cloud infrastructure.
Organisations will have to own the security of their applications and data within the multi-cloud environment and the principle way to do so will be adopting an interconnection-first mindset.
As the pace of change increases exponentially in 2017, it’s certainly an exciting time to work in technology. As businesses continue to embrace the opportunity to build tailored cloud solutions, digital transformation is just the beginning.