What does the Cloud hold in 2015?

What does the Cloud hold in 2015?

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Whatever your own personal opinion on cloud computing nobody can dispute that 2014 was a fascinating year in terms of the cloud’s growth says Mike Scotney from Applause IT. What were niche technologies only 12 months previously suddenly emerged as mainstream whilst the debate regarding governance and data protection continues to rumble on. What we have to consider now is how high Cloud will rise during 2015; and how and where it will be tethered will be even more important than it was before.

NFV and SDN

NVF (Network Functions Virtualisation) and SDN (Software Defined Networking) are now well established within the telecom industry. They have greatly assisted service providers to both automate and industrialise the delivery of their services to a significant extent. Within businesses, however, the same old hotch-potch of firewalls, routers etc in still in existence.

The big news is that more and more companies are starting to have open NFV and SDN specs built into their hardware thus allowing IT departments to soon be able to enjoy levels of automation on a cloud like basis to exist within their own environment. The logical expectation of this is that those lines which divide the management and subsequent delivery of IT and cloud services will continue to blur, this allowing businesses to consolidate the capabilities of their entire IT service management within the one environment.

Containerised will Become a Buzz Word

Major changes have taken place in container technology which has seen it morph from a niche, open source project into a serious contender within the realm of virtualisation. It’s not difficult to see why either as containers offer a new and much faster way of provisioning a multitude of platforms on one shared infrastructure. When we say faster we mean faster; milliseconds compared to minutes or even hours when using conventional VM’s, or virtual machines.

The beauty of a container is that a brand new OS is installed in each one, thus ensuring that end users cannot contaminate one another and they also use less memory. The result of this is that containers have now become hugely popular with developers and are now gradually becoming more deeply entrenched within in the industry.

Unfortunately there is, at present at least, an inevitable downside. The management tools for the containers aren’t anyway near as advanced as the virtual management tools, and can be likened to how VM tools looked 5 years ago. There are, of course, initiatives in place to change this, such as Google’s Kubernetes, which no doubt will increase the levels of containers automation. This will result in containers coming of age sooner rather than later.

Will 2015 Actually be the Year of PaaS?

Even with all its support from the industry PaaS, or Platform as a Service, failed to take off in 2014. Could 2015 really, and finally, be the year to mark a whole new chapter in its long and not too impressive history? What makes everyone think it is is the fact that in the past PaaS providers have tended to focus heavily on the community of the developer, meaning there was scant interoperability between the rival platforms.

Now this picture has begun to change, mainly driven the insatiable appetite of organisations for both mobility and big data. Providers of PaaS are adding metering, databases and data integration which in turn is making it much easier for businesses to both build and then deploy PaaS developed apps on a much larger scale.


Contributed by Michelle Hughes of Applause IT.
Applause IT are a specialist IT recruitment agency with an unrivalled market reputation at providing the very best IT recruitment  to variety of clients in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and London.

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Rodney

I’m a veteran of way too many years of IT (although I still love it) and I currently head up the techincal work over at Host One (major sponsor of this site), where I’m also a partner. Feel free to ask me anything about Cloud Computing and I’ll try to be helpful, in a non-salesy kind of way.

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