2013 was indeed a big year for Cloud Computing. This was really the year when cloud cemented itself as an essential part of any enterprise IT strategy. If you’re an enterprise that’s not doing cloud computing right now, you’re definitely looking at it and planning for it. Here are some other observations of the journey that cloud computing took over 2013:
The Complexity of Cloud becomes clear:
It was a year when the complexity of cloud computing began to be fully appreciated. As the cloud market matured, more and more enterprises started to leverage a hybrid cloud strategy to take them to the next level of cloud computing, and this brought additional complexity. From private clouds to public clouds, IaaS to PaaS to SaaS and all the management components around that, there’s a strong realization that doing cloud well is not easy. As we round out the year, managing the complexity of cloud is a focus for many enterprises.
Automation is Key:
With our strong heritage in BladeLogic Data Center Automation, we’ve been banging on about this one for quite some time but, over the last year, the market came to fully agree with us that automation across the datacenter is the cornerstone of a successful cloud strategy. A strong foundation in automation can accelerate the path to successful cloud and ensure the business gets a well managed, high performing cloud that delivers cost savings and agility over the long term. Many of our customers are leveraging the investment they’ve already made in automation as they fully embrace cloud computing – and others are getting their automation house in order so they can do so.
Cloud Experimentation -> Cloud Optimization
And, as the maturity of cloud computing grows, there is increased focus on optimization of cloud. The time for experimentation and cloud for cloud’s sake is gone. Sure, the benefits of cloud are many and great – but achieving these for the business in the long term requires holistic management of cloud computing across the entire IT infrastructure. It must be able to deliver the performance, SLA’s and availability levels that are expected of traditional IT. There’s a resulting increased focus on the day 2 operational requirements of cloud computing across factors such as performance monitoring, capacity management, automated configuration & compliance and fully integrated ITIL processes such as change management and the CMDB.
Moving up the stack to applications:
The cost and agility benefits of Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) have been proven and many organizations are leveraging this as part of their cloud strategy. To really get the most benefits from cloud though, there is a push to move up the stack from infrastructure to deploying platforms & applications; delivering users full business services in the cloud. During 2013, the cloud management capabilities required to move beyond infrastructure in the cloud to successfully deploy platforms and applications in a cloud environment were a key focus.
A Tighter Link Between Cloud & DevOps:
Cloud is the natural enabling technology for the operational side of DevOps. In fact, many say DevOps was born from the cloud with a little bit of Agile thrown in as accelerant. Enterprises are realizing how Cloud+DevOps can take application release to the next level and are focusing on how to make adoption of DevOps practices a business success.
So, all in all a big year for cloud computing and we at BMC are looking forward to more developments as the market continues to evolve next year.
Happy Holidays and all the best for 2014.
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“By Monica Brink”
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