2015: It gets cloudier


1 January 2015

It gets cloudier

In 2015, the cloud will be a game changer for most IT organisations. We predict that enterprises will become increasingly comfortable utilising big public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Dimension Data and RackSpace. Most organisations are knowledgeable about all of the different cloud service models (Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Storage as a Service) and the focus for 2015 appears to be moving up the stack towards the application layer. In response, providers will likely grow their application-as-a-service offerings, providing a broader range of alternatives to the traditional on-premises infrastructure. - Mark Bentkower, director of enterprise solutions, Asia Pacific, CommVault Systems 

A hybrid future

The hybrid cloud model offers companies the ability to have on-premises computational and storage infrastructure for processing data that requires extra speed or high availability, while retaining the ability to leverage the public cloud for failover circumstances or when the workload exceeds the computational power of the private cloud component. Building out the private end of a hybrid cloud also allows for flexibility in virtual server design. Organisations can automate the entire virtual machine lifecycle as well as archive older virtual machines to the cloud. - Mark Bentkower, director of enterprise solutions, Asia Pacific, CommVault Systems 

Hot items on the cloud menu

Disaster recovery and availability solutions will be offered through the cloud as a service, with data being reliably streamed to hosting providers for fast and effective recoveries. This will enable businesses to increase data availability, ensure the 3-2-1 rule of data protection, and also offer additional revenue streams for service providers. - Don Williams, vice president, Asia Pacific, Veeam Software 

The small and medium business (SMB) opportunity for public cloud services will top US$100 billion globally in 2015. Unified Communication services will grow the fastest among the various cloud categories (46 per cent CAGR through 2016 compared with 28 per cent for business applications, 27 per cent for IaaS and 15 per cent for web presence, driven by the need for applications like web conferencing and instant collaboration as well as additional security. Across all countries surveyed, “need for security" is the top reason SMBs purchase paid hosted PBX and email. - Pavel Ershov, vice president for service providers business, Parallels Asia Pacific & Japan 

The rise of citizen developers

The open-content model for business applications comes to fruition thanks to continued cloud adoption. This will happen through the empowerment of citizen developers: business people without programming backgrounds building their own apps, cracking the code on long-standing, industry-wide problems, and sharing their solutions with their peers. We are already seeing the trend within mobile app building; the next push will be fully configured apps within the enterprise. - Fred Laluyaux, chief executive officer, Anaplan 

Cloud at the epicentre

The convergence of cloud and mobile computing will continue to promote the growth of centrally-coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device. While network and bandwidth costs may continue to favor apps that use the intelligence and storage of the client device effectively, coordination and management will be based in the cloud. - David Cearley, vice president Gartner and Gartner Fellow