If anything, 2011 should be remembered as the “Year of the Cloud.” The past year was an energizing one in terms of the advancement of cloud computing. The cloud approach was adopted by many organizations, and most vendors have now gotten into the game as well. What will 2012 bring? A possible motto for the upcoming year may be “Cloud First; But Show Me the Money.” Cloud will become simply the accepted way of acquiring IT services and new applications. However, companies are tight with their IT budgets and want to see the value — and the pass that cloud has received because it has been so new and different is wearing off. via 10 Ways Cloud Computing Will Disrupt our Businesses in 2012 – Forbes.
(Reuters) – Few organizations have moved to cloud computing — the delivery of computing as a service from remote centers — and of those that have, many are disappointed with the results, a survey published on Tuesday found.
Fewer than one in five organizations questioned have outsourced the hosting of their applications to cloud computing providers, with two-thirds in early discussions, in trials or not considering a move, said computer security firm Symantec.
Many firms are looking at cloud computing providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Google or Rackspace to help them increase their scale without installing expensive hardware and software locally.
My Take> I’m not surprised by the results of the survey. Security and Data Sovereignty are certainly two of the biggest issues with first generation cloud services. This short Reuters article also touches on other areas of concern I have mentioned in a previous blog about business continuance and disaster recovery.
Adaptation to cloud services still has many challenges and a major re-education of both Enterprise and Corporate Cloud users is still needed. Just because your applications are in the cloud it doesn’t suddenly make them Omni-present.
I’ve seen smaller businesses, corporates, and even some enterprise businesses move to cloud applications including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Gmail, Amazon and SalesForce.com. All services by reputable brands, yet nearly all of the businesses moving to these Cloud services have overestimated the resilience and security of both their own infrastructure and the Cloud provider’s services.
I believe it’s unwise for business to put front office or back office applications in the cloud without looking at the bigger picture. The whole strategy of IT needs to be considered and how to approach corporate security, business continuance, disaster recovery, cloud integration and life cycle management, these among many other factors.
One of the biggest underlying challenges of all these issues is that very few of the cloud services providers are themselves in a position to consult or educate businesses on the full range of considerations for moving to the cloud. Most cloud service providers are only interested in turning businesses into zombie consumers of cloud without regard to the abovementioned.
We are still only at the dawn of the cloud evolution, and as we educate the market how to plan for and move to cloud in 2012, we will see the real evolution and uptake in Cloud 2.0.
By Hosting Guru
As the NBN continues to roll out across Australia preparing us for the next evolution of the digital age and cloud computing, the pace of growth of data centres across Asia Pacific continues to increase. Frost & Sullivan are predicting 14.6% growth in Data Centre Capacity across Asia, generating revenues exceeding $10 billion by the end of this year.
Australia together with Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong are leading the growth, with internet media, telecom and IT industries accounting for up to 45% of the demand according to their research. I know from first hand experience with the competition in the local market, that there is a massive investment in facilities going into Australia, with more than half a billion dollars of investment in facilities over the next 2 years in Australia alone.
Much of the 1st stages of that increased capacity are coming online in the next 6-12 months in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane from the likes of Global Switch, NextDC, Equinix, Digital Reality Trust, Fujitsu, NTT, Pacnet, HP, Macquarie Telecom, Telstra and several tier 2 providers. Even the big international players want in on the action in Australia over the next two years. After cautiously examining the market for the last few years Rackspace, Google, Microsoft, Savvis and others are looking at opportunities to establish a local DC footprint with foundation customers.
We havent seen IT data centre infrastructure investment like this since the last DC frenzy back around Y2K, with many of those operators going broke, and some facilities changing ownership several times before turning a profit.
Lets hope our politicians and financial markets navigate a way through this latest economic turmoil to ensure we don’t see a repeat of data centres sitting empty for 5 years, just like during the dotcom bubble burst not that long ago. With the economic pressures, cloud computing and the maturity of virtualisation and consolidation all reducing the need for more capacity, do we really need this much investment in capacity?
Sure we need newer more efficient facilities but I think you will see some players that haven’t already broken ground and made the initial investment, perhaps sit back and wait a little longer to see the dust settle on the economy. Unless I had significant pre-sold or comitted capacity from foundation customers, in this market, I wouldn’t be sinking the tens of millions of dollars needed to build, especially with the glut of capacity that’s about to come on the market. Your thoughts?
By Hosting Guru
“Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock for the past year, you know cloud computing is the IT phrase on everybody’s lips.”
“Cloud computing is big business – but just how big, you may not have realised, until you consider what Chuck Hollis has learnt all too well.
Job seekers with cloud-related skills “make between 20 per cent and 40 per cent more in the job market than their non cloud-trained peers,” Hollis says. And he should know: as vice president of global marketing and chief technology officer with information management giant EMC, he has a top-down view of the costs EMC has had to shoulder to get a broad range of cloud-related skills into its workforce of more than 33,000 employees.”
My Take > I think Chuck Hollis has hit the nail on the head. One of the biggest issues facing business today is learning how to consume Cloud Services and what type of cloud services are right for their business. The “Build it and they will come” mentality is not the right approach, as a new high growth industry, we have to educated our customers and even learn a lot more about how our customers want to consume our services.
Another huge problem for large enterprise business, which many small companies won’t face, is how to migrate business data and adapt business processes around cloud services. It’s a great and challenging time to be involved in such a disruptive change in the IT landscape! Your thoughts?
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NTT Australia has warned that Australia is lagging the US, Europe and Japan in terms of IPv6 adoption – Ankur Puri Wholesale Manager for NTT says that government agencies, as well as some of the larger ISPs, are now leading the way on local uptake.
NTT started research on IPv6 in 1996 and has been commercially offering an IPv6-enabled backbone since 2001 which is available globally at all NTT points of presence. The firm has also begun offering IPv6 for its global IPVPN services in select countries, and though it has not yet done so in Australia, NTT Australia MD and CEO Yoshimasa Hashimoto says it will do so once there is sufficient demand.
My Take> The biggest issue with IPV6 adoption is that there is currently no “killer app” or consumer requirement to drive the funding for adoption. A lot of the technology changes around IPV6 largely go unseen by the general consumer, so it just becomes a cost to IT for businesses to stay connected.
Maybe when we see IPV6 enabled car GPS and IPV6 apps for the mobile market, but right now its just about keeping the internet running. Your Thoughts?
Full Article available in Last Fridays edition of Commsday.
The Future is in the Clouds!
Hi and thanks for dropping in!
This is my first blog entry. I thought I’d let you know what sort of topics I plan to write about and provide commentary on, as well as telling you a little about myself.
I’ve been in IT for what sometimes seems like forever. I’m a technology professional working in IT Sales and Yes.. I have to admit (with an uncomfortable smirk) I’m a closet nerd!
My first exposure to computers was back in my impressionable teen years in the 80′s, way back when Atari, Commodore 64, Vic-20 and the Apple 2e amazed us with 2d wire graphics on a green screen and sprite graphics on a TV. An era of cassette tapes and cartridge based programs.
Wow!@!@!… haven’t we come a long way in personal computing! One of my first jobs out of school exposed me to the inner workings of computers. I was assembling XT and 286 based computers at the time consumers were just starting to truly become aware of the personal computer, with the advent of the mighty 286.
For almost 20 years now, I’ve been managing and developing complex IT solutions with $1M to $30M dollar budgets for Enterprise and Corporate Companies.
The industries Ive worked across includes;
- Finance and Banking
- Media & Entertainment
- Federal and State Government
I’ve held senior roles in technology and services companies including;
- Asia Pacific Director for Infrastructure and Architecture Services for a large US Multinational Outsourcer
- Sales & Business Development
- Technical Consulting
- Project Management
- DR & BCP Consulting
Well now you know a little bit about where I started in this world of technology, here’s a brief summary of business topics of interest, and a few of my personal interests. If there is anything you would like information on or would like to share with me please don’t hesitate to leave me a message .
Areas of Interest
- Outsourcing and Cloud Services
- Server & Desktop Hardware
- Data Centres
- Finance, Banking and Online Sectors
- Data Management, Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery
- Global IP-VPN & MPLS Networks
- Global IP Transit
My Personal Interests
- Motor Sport
- Aircraft & Flight Simulation
- Extreme Computer Systems
- Vinyl Records
- Wine & Good Food!