People talk about cloud computing, a lot — but of course there is no real cloud. Instead, in reality, there is the datacenter-based provision of application processing, data analytics, information storage and increasingly expanding range of other incremental services such as Artificial Intelligence and the Machine Learning functions that drive it — all delivered in an as-a-Service based model of individual component blocks of IT that rest upon predominantly software-defined infrastructure and networking layers via a connection pipe that we usually call the Internet. As we now know, that’s really what cloud is.
But have we, as we stand in 2018, gotten used to the real mechanics of application migration and operation when it comes to cloud? Global programme manager at enterprise cloud software company IFS Tim Jenner suggests that we are only just getting to grips with how cloud works with data.
Tread carefully, this is cloud
Jenner says that while cloud may be seen by some as a panacea for security and data handling concerns, in reality they only tackle part of the problem.
An aggregation analysis advantage
Lippie comments that cloud was always seen as an easy way for companies to purchase the computing power they needed, when they needed it and only pay for what they used. But, now that cloud computing has matured and become ubiquitous for IT, the real power and opportunity lies in the aggregation and analysis of all the information being processed through the cloud.
“The majority of today’s businesses don’t have the technical know-how and expertise to digest and process their data in a way that provides usable business intelligence. As such, service providers have a tremendous opportunity to play a critical role in helping these businesses aggregate, understand and leverage correlations from their data to deliver meaningful business decisions,” said Kaseya’s Lippie.
He insists that it is forward-looking managed cloud service providers (who have the vision and capability to become total service providers) that will have the greatest opportunity to not only help businesses manage their cloud vendor relationships but also provide the analytics and business intelligence around those relationships to truly drive business growth.