"Fluid Dynamics" - The Evolving Maturity of the Cloud
Does this illustration hit close to home? How do you get started using the cloud when you have well-established, legacy software dependencies?
Listen to Paul Boal, Vice President of Delivery at Amitech, and Steven Borrelli, Founder/CEO at Asteris, discuss this topic and more in their conversation on the current state of cloud maturity.
“I do think there is a tradeoff. Technology doesn’t solve everything but good technology is the engine that fuels great business... so how do we balance those two?”
- Steven Borrelli
Cloud computing is approaching yet another pivotal stage in its evolution and we think it’s worth taking notice. Sparked in the 1960’s by the ideas of “utility computing” and an “intergalactic computer network”, the cloud as we know it has been gradually taking shape over the past few decades, largely unnoticed by the general public. But the emerging bandwidth capabilities that came with the internet and mobile streaming provided a sweet spot for the cloud to flourish so much so that we now think of the cloud as a second-nature technology (and even joke about it really just being someone else’s computer).
This on-demand, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has become fundamental to the way much of IT operates today. Companies are investing less in private data centers and shifting to pay-as-you-go subscription models. This shift relieves them of maintenance costs and licensing fees while providing adaptability through increased or decreased capacity depending on fluctuating operational demands.
The cloud unquestionably makes our IT lives easier through flexible and efficient deployments, but this is just the beginning. Fortunately, heavy competition among tech behemoths jockeying for market share and a wider general acceptance of cloud computing provides more and more options for reliable and easy to consume services such as Application Containers (lightweight, self-contained systems within a server), Database as a Service (DaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and an ever growing range of professional services which is becoming known as XaaS (basically, Anything as a Service).
As the philosopher Heraclitus posited long ago, we cannot step in the same river twice. It is no longer the same river, and we are no longer the same people. With this in mind, considering the layers upon layers of sophistication that are being built onto the core of the cloud, it becomes clear that we are witnessing the development of an ever more complex ecosystem of possibility. There is a high likelihood that the assumptions we have today, though they worked well in the past, are outdated and what we believe to be improbable is actually quite possible. We must think differently.
The reductions in cost and ease of deployment that cloud computing brings should not go overlooked, but as leaders in IT, we need a strategy that keeps us adaptive and allows us to ask all kinds of questions that change our perspectives. In biology, the first species to enter what is known as a ‘new adaptive zone’ are the ones that evolve and fill the zone the quickest. We will need to proactively integrate different layers of technologies, expose our knowledge workers to these ever-accessible, ever-expanding tools and services, and build models that are geared to be predictive rather than reactive.
Our goal at Amitech is to add a new level of value to our clients that go beyond the incremental benefits of cost reduction in infrastructure, this is a given. We aim to guide our clients to another level of success. How are you preparing for this emerging world of cloud computing?