Demand for geographically separate locations for greater continental data availability, reducing latency on the network, greater decentralization, resistance to loss of connectivity creates interest in building new data centres. Thanks to new technologies, such as software-defined network, you can conveniently use data centres of independent providers around the world without the need to build or rent your own. It also increases the demand for non-virtualized hardware. Lack of certification by manufacturers of software, licensing problems or performance issues indicate weak spots and inflexibility of virtualization.
The transition to cloud environments is not an easy and certainly not a straightforward process. The reasons for moving IT into cloud are clear. Saving is the main motivation. It starts by transferring non-critical applications. New technologies offer solutions that enable keeping part of your infrastructure and combine it with the infrastructure of provider’s public cloud. These technologies still have their limits. There is no unified and transparent environment for managing a hybrid cloud that would allow not being bound to a particular service provider. The way to really save is to use a combination of several environments of private, public and hybrid clouds at the same time – a multi-cloud strategy.
We could observe a big boom of container solutions last year. However, trends show that it is more about good marketing. The advantages of container technology have been known for more than a decade. In the past, however, very they did not become very popular, because the amount of software that can run in containers is limited. Moreover, technologies such as docker are still in the “proof of concept” stage. Several elements of the ecosystem are also missing. The existing software is not suited to the “stateless” container environment. The containers had and always will have their purpose, but not as disruptive as is thought. Nothing essential is going to happen next year, on the contrary, the interest in containers will have a downward trend.
Cloud data centre management is not only about the orchestration itself. Monitoring of infrastructure must include application monitoring so that the customer could have a real-time overview of the functioning and performance of the entire environment. In addition to the analysis of logs, management should also include an active safety monitoring (SIEM). Finally, the system must be able to provide IT analytics that would enable managers make their decisions. Providers of cloud services who are not able to supply branded, multi-tenant, safely separated and fully manageable environment will lose new customers in 2017.
Many IT managers still associate moving to the cloud with eliminating the need for IT managers themselves and reducing their own added value for the company. Despite this fact, more and more SMBs will change over to cloud technologies, either because of cost savings or because they would not be able to keep up with competitive services and technologies on their own. The reason may also be that an easily accessible and rapidly growing market place will be available to them. They no longer have to sell boxed software to local customers, but they can sell their software as a service worldwide.