Many organizations have transformed their IT practices in the recent years with the help of Cloud computing, but recently experts stated that the technology market is once again entering the second wave of public, private and hybrid cloud services.
According to a recent survey done by Forrester Research, 38 percent of organizations decision-makers have admitted that they are building private clouds, out of these 32 percent of the organizations are procuring public cloud services and the remainders of the lot are planning to implement some form of cloud technology very soon. The implementation of hybrid cloud is also increasing rapidly; with 59 percent of respondents of the survey are stating that they are adopting the model. The need for enterprises to scale their computing resources to serve its customers better is adding fuel to the fire of accelerating adoption of this model.
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Amazon Web Services was one of the organizations that started the first cloud computing wave when it decided to launch its basic compute and storage services in 2006. According to resources, AWS is now operating at a greater than $14 billion run rate, it is accompanied by companies such as Capital One, LiveNation, Ancestry who are using all their might and using their resources on the company’s cloud infrastructure so that there are no problems in its operations.
But the options don’t stop at AWS. Microsoft, Google, and IBM are also opening new data centers at a rapid clip, luring big companies to their clouds. Many specialty clouds have also cropped up in the years since Amazon first opened shop. Here we take a look at four trends currently shaping the second wave of cloud adoption.
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Trends to Shaping the Second Wave of Cloud Adoption
- Colocation services are on the rise: With most organizations looking to discontinue running their own data centers but not able to make a decision on which cloud horse they can make a bet on, many have decided to turn towards colocation services from Equinix, Digital Realty, and others. Co-Los permit the organizations to move their systems to manage data centers, where they enjoy the benefits of convenient connectivity to various public clouds and SaaS services. This facility also helps the organizations to make an informed decision after testing services from AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud without fully committing to them until they’re ready to migrate to one particular infrastructure.
- Cloud cost containment: Organizations that are partnering with multiple cloud service providers are most likely to be in a waist-deep complex vendor’s management situation, a situation for which many vendors and sourcing managers are not ready or experienced for. AWS, Microsoft, and Google are making this situation more difficult by providing various cloud services, pricing, and consumption plans. AWS charges its customer’s cloud services by the number of messages sent or the number of messages that were sent in an hour.
- Hyper converge your private cloud: Many Organizations state that security was one of the prime reasons to shift to public cloud services, not every CIO wants to accept the risks that are associated with entrusting their customer and other sensitive data to a third-party vendor. Private cloud services also need advanced virtualization, standardization, automation, self-service access and resource monitoring just like their public counterparts. Bridging these capabilities together into a cohesive system that works together without any glitches is a daunting and expensive task. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions assure to help, offering pre-integrated compute, storage and networking resources that help the organizations get their cloud implementations running faster.
- There’s a container for that: The use of containers which was not used before has started to blossom lately. These containers help developers to manage and easily move the software codes. Many companies are using the containers so that they can enable portability between cloud services from AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud as they build out their development strategies for faster software production. But the usage of new paradigm results in new challenges; such as companies will need to confront with new security, monitoring, storage, and networking issues that arise as containers are deployed broadly in production
- Lift and shift those cloud apps: Some companies are also seeking to mold their applications that way that they can run on public cloud systems, using migration services, rather than simply dumping existing apps into a public cloud. The best option that can be taken to move an application is to rewrite it so that they can utilize cloud’s elasticity, although this lift-and-shift migration can turn out to be costly for the organization.
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Enterprise apps come to public cloud: Many organizations are hosting their enterprise applications on AWS. They are suggesting that many CIO’s of various organizations are more comfortable in hosting critical software in public clouds. For Example, Dollar Shave Club a California-based Company which delivers razors and other personal grooming products to its customers by mail runs the Spark analytics software in AWS. Several other organizations are currently running business applications, such as SAP, in AWS.