CTOvision Assessment on the Megatrend of Cloud Computing

There are seven key MegaTrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud ComputingArtificial IntelligenceMobilityBig DataRoboticsInternet of ThingsCyberSecurity.

In this post we dive deeper into the first of these trends, Cloud Computing.

We succinctly describe Cloud Computing as the scalable delivery of computational resources. Models of cloud compute include public clouds, private clouds and blends in between. Architectures are in place now that leverage tiers of clouds that can exist in multiple sizes and locations, including homes, businesses and datacenters.

A snapshot of the trend right now indicates:

  • Although it can cost additional resources to embark on a cloud transition effort, in most cases after initial outlays there are significant cost savings. Commercial Cloud Computing providers are know widely known for their revising costs down and we see that trend continuing.
  • A new consensus is forming regarding security and cloud capabilities. Well engineered clouds can be far more secure than the typical Internet connected enterprise. A favored technique for enhancing enterprise security in a way that supports cloud computing models is a Software Defined Perimeter (SDP).
  • Agility of the Cloud Computing model is helping innovators innovate and developers develop, and in many cases this is the greatest benefit of the approach. Agility in service to mission and business needs is far more important than cost savings.
  • New forms of Cloud Computing include ultra-small data centers which can function as internal clouds. Versatile small form-factor data centers can be bought in containers and put anywhere.
  • Cloud plus IoT = Fog Computing, an architecture of multiple collaborative end compute devices. The term Fog Computing might never take off the way Cloud Computing will, but consider the new model regardless of what you call it. 
  • Interesting observation: Over the last decade it seems the edge was moving to the datacenter then the cloud. Now the cloud is moving to the edge. It is doing so by devices like Amazon's Snowball Edge, which brings the power of EC2 compute to remote locations. 

Open questions decision-makers should track include:

  • Will the big cloud providers be monopolies?
  • Will the future Internet be “walled gardens?
  • How will nations settle data retention disputes?
  • How do we move compute across tiers?
  • How do we transition from legacy compute to new cloud models?

For deeper considerations of the impact of Cloud Computing on enterprise IT it is important to track all seven MegaTrends and consider them together. Dive deeper into all the trends and examine their impact on your organization via a CTOvision Pro membership, available for enterprises and individuals.

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Bob Gourley

Founder and CTO at Crucial Point LLC
Bob Gourley is the founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC where he leads technology due diligence consulting. He is the publisher of CTOvision.com and ThreatBrief.com. Bob's background is as an all source intelligence analyst and an enterprise CTO. Find him on Twitter at @BobGourley
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