Everything in the cloud


Cloud computing is getting so pervasive throughout the enterprise and is even staring to make an appearance in government IT that Gartner Inc. is predicting so-called “no-cloud” policies will become as rare as “no-Internet” stances in the near future. In fact, a recent Gartner report, “Market Insight: Cloud Computing’s Drive to Digital Business Creates Opportunities for Providers”, revealed that more than 30 percent of the world’s largest 100 vendors are expected to shift their software investments from a “cloud-only” to “cloud-first” policy by 2019. When an enterprise decides to adopt a “cloud-first” policy, it means they are required to always consider the cloud option first when implementing a new application or software deployment. Gartner said this shift applies to both private and hybrid clouds. The Gartner report added that internal and hybrid clouds are set to become the most common use of cloud technology in the future. However, it notes that public clouds will inevitably become a part of this overall strategy. Gartner notes in its report that a significant number of enterprises still remain skeptical of the cloud, and therefore maintain a “no-cloud” policy. This is largely due to concerns around data security, privacy protection and compliance, Gartner said. However, the perception that the cloud is somehow less safe than on-premises data centers will eventually change, the analyst firm said.

“More leading-edge IT capabilities will be available only in the cloud, forcing reluctant organizations closer to cloud adoption,” said Yefim V. Natis, vice president and Gartner Fellow, “While some applications and data will remain locked in older technologies, more new solutions will be cloud-based, thus further increasing demand for integration infrastructure”. “Many organizations with a no-cloud policy actually have some under-the-radar or unavoidable cloud usage,” revealed Jeffrey Mann, research vice president at Gartner. Gartner goes on to say that by 2020, such policies will be “extremely rare” among enterprises – as rare as “no-Internet” policies are now. According to Mann, maintaining a “no-cloud” policy position will become “increasingly untenable” as time goes by. Already, some 88 percent of enterprises have already adopted a “cloud-first” strategy by the end of 2015.

In a really good July 5, 2016 article by Joe McKendrick on the Forbes Tech Website entitled, “Is All-Cloud Computing Inevitable? Analysts Suggest It Is,” Joe states that Is this the impending reality, or analysts pontificating on the next big thing? Look at what some major corporations are doing, and the prediction appears to have legs. For example, Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical and medical devices manufacturer, recently said it intends to have 85% of its applications and systems in the public cloud within two years’ time. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, the company intends to downsize at least 40% of its existing on-premises assets, and move eberything to Amazon Web Servces, Microsoft. and NTT Communications by 2018. Other major corporations, including Coca-Cola and GE, are also most of what they have in the cloud.

Joe goes on to state that A separate survey of 1,800 IT executives confirms as much. The study, by Veritas Technologies, indicates that nearly three-quarters of enterprises continue to adopt multiple private and public cloud strategies. Overall, the research revealed that business-critical workloads in the public cloud are set to double in the next 24 months – roughly the same rate as non-critical workloads – putting pressure on IT departments to ensure their entire business services, not just their infrastructure, are highly available and secure.

Every single enterprise and government prospect and client that I have talked to and met with over the past 6 months to discuss their current business requirements, IT plans and budget allocations, want to move to the cloud as quickly as possible. Whether is Legacy Migration and Modernization, customizing off the shelf modern cloud based solutions, upgrading to Office 365, implanting ServiceNow or Salesforce or designing and implementing a new .Net cloud based application, they all want to take advantage of the business and operational benefits of cloud computing.

With “cloud first” policies becoming the norm, everything is moving to the cloud and we plan to become one of the leading IT Services and Solutions in the country helping enterprise and government agencies evolve to the cloud and transform their organizations.

Is this the impending reality, or analysts pontificating on the next big thing? Look at what some major corporations are doing, and the prediction appears to have legs. For example, Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical and medical devices manufacturer, recently said it intends to have 85% of its applications and systems in the public cloud within two years’ time. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, the company intends to downsize at least 40% of its existing on-premises assets, and move everything to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft. and NTT Communications by 2018. Other major corporations, including Coca-Cola and GE, are also most of what they have in the cloud.

A separate survey of 1,800 IT executives confirms as much. The study, by Veritas Technologies, indicates that nearly three-quarters of enterprises continue to adopt multiple private and public cloud strategies. Overall, the research revealed that business-critical workloads in the public cloud are set to double in the next 24 months – roughly the same rate as non-critical workloads – putting pressure on IT departments to ensure their entire business services, not just their infrastructure, are highly available and secure.

This migration won’t just involve shadow IT, or edge-of-enterprise apps, the Veritas study’s authors state. For example, one traditional view is that less-important workloads will migrate to the public cloud first and at a faster rate. While this may have been the case early on, the study found that this is shifting: business-critical workloads including CRM and ERP are moving to the cloud at the same rates statistically – from 25-30% — as other, less critical workloads. While these findings indicate an increased trust in moving data of all types to the cloud, it also translates to added pressure for service providers to ensure high availability and avoid downtime, as well as challenges IT departments to have the right data protection strategies in place that can span heterogeneous infrastructure – on and off premise.

Of course, there amount of well-functioning, on-premises systems in the world is huge. The Gartner analysis admits this, noting that “not everything will be cloud-based, and concern will remain valid in some cases. However, the extreme of having nothing cloud-based will largely disappear.” Hybrid will be the most common usage of the cloud, Gartner states.

Again, the vendors — who see the handwriting on the wall — are pushing a lot of this. They are all becoming cloud vendors. Gartner predicts that within the next three years, more than 30 percent of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only — thereby pushing any enterprise fence-sitters in the direction of cloud. ”More leading-edge IT capabilities will be available only in the cloud, forcing reluctant organizations closer to cloud adoption,” said Gartner’s Yefim V. Natis, adding that this will be a good thing. “Rigid organizations cannot produce agile IT solutions. As delivery shifts more to the cloud, most IT organizations will have to reorganize to reflect the business realities of cloud computing: continuous innovation and change, pervasive integration, competing with cloud providers for some initiatives, and crucial prevalence of influence over control in IT’s relationship with lines of business.”

By 2020, more compute power will have been sold by IaaS and PaaS cloud providers than sold and deployed into enterprise data centers, Gartner adds. The revenue for Infrastructire as a Service (IaaS, or processing and storage) and Platform as a Service (PaaS, or middleware, databases and development tools) will exceed $55 billion — and likely pass the revenue for servers.

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