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Autonomic computing platforms are increasingly being integrated into enterprise environments, due in part to the rise of software-defined everything, DevOps, maturing cognitive technologies, and robotic process automation. As the experiences of VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and iLab, Deloitte Consulting Innovation’s software product development center, demonstrate, autonomic platforms may enable IT to improve service delivery unrestrained by traditional concerns about capacity, performance, and scale.
There’s a raging perception that cloud computing is diminishing, or even eliminating, the roles of information technology departments in organizations. However, IT skills and expertise may be even more critical as cloud adoption grows. “Cloud is no longer just a discussion among IT professionals,” Tim Crawford observed in a recent post. “Cloud is now a discussion among C-suite executives and the board of directors. Essentially, IT transformation relies on cloud as a significant lever in a company’s arsenal. C-Suite executives and boards are looking at the leverage it provides for economic growth and business agility.” The emerging leadership role IT executives are assuming in today’s cloud-driven enterprises is confirmed in a new survey of 1,850 executives and managers, conducted by ServiceNow. A majority, 52%, report having “cloud-first” policies when it comes to making new technology purchases. This cloud-first stance will increase to 77% within the next two years.
In 451 Research's recent report on OpenStack adoption among enterprise private cloud users, they found that 72 percent of OpenStack-based clouds are between 1,000 and 10,000 cores and three-fourths choose OpenStack to increase operational efficiency and app deployment speed. They also found that OpenStack is not just for large enterprises. Two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) are in organizations of between 1,000 and 10,000 employees. The survey also uncovered that OpenStack-powered clouds have moved beyond small-scale deployments. Approximately 72 percent of OpenStack enterprise deployments are between 1,000 to 10,000 cores in size. Additionally, 5 percent of OpenStack clouds among enterprises top the 100,000-core mark. So, while OpenStack may be expanding its reach into smaller companies, it's being used for larger deployments.
By 2020, 67% of enterprise IT infrastructure and software will be for cloud-based offerings.
What clouds are and what they can do will change, IDC predicts: The cloud will be distributed with 60% of IT done off-premise and 85% by multi-cloud by 2018 and 43% of IoT will be processed at the edge in 2019; the cloud will be trusted and by 2020 it will be where trusted and secured IT lives, enhanced by blockchain-based security; the cloud will be concentrated and by 2020, the top 5 cloud Iaas/PaaS players will control at least 75% of the market share (vs about 50% in 2016).
Amazon Web Services announced this week that customers can now test out AWS Linux container workloads on their own computers. Linux is a popular operating system available from many companies—including Red Hat and Canonical—and competes with Microsoft Windows Server. Linux underlies many of the world’s most popular web sites and cloud services. Google and Amazon itself, for example, both rely on Linux. The news was disclosed in a blog post earlier this week by AWS evangelist Jeff Barr, who posited that customers want to run these images on-premises as they build and test their workloads. The software uses the same basic source code Amazon itself uses, he said.