The 2020 Cloud Dilemma

Article by Karan Kirpalani

Organizations are migrating to cloud environment for obvious reasons such as readily available infrastructure for quick and easy deployment, flexibility, scalability, reduced costs, transparency and quick turnaround time. CIOs and business leaders will need to stay abreast with the transformations in the cloud by 2020.

Migration to cloud is not as rapid as expected, but it will form an integral part of every enterprise infrastructure by 2020. Some of the most inevitable changes you will observe are low-power processors crunching heavy workloads in cloud by housing heavily automated data centers with scalable software architecture in place.

According to Forester analysis, the cloud computing market globally is expected to reach US$150 billion by 2020. By 2020, a new generation of CIOs will be using the advanced cloud computing tools to accelerate business growth and development. The foreseen changes in cloud computing emerging are:

Modular Software

The individual set of software applications will be getting far more complex by 2020 to take advantage of scale, and to support the large availability of hardware. Software designing will be thought about differently to be able to sync with the cloud environment. Development of a well-defined SLA will be a key challenge for companies offering complex software packages.

Commoditized Infrastructure

By 2020, the organizations will transition to low-cost hardware, which will be supported by schemes such as the Open Compute Project from Facebook, Amazon and the likes. These facilities will be operated by smaller companies. Large companies can take advantage of commoditized infrastructure to operate huge data centers.

Superfast Interconnects into Data center

The vast array of applications and high-end processors will bring superfast interconnects into the data center. By 2020, you can expect communications in the data center running at a speed of hundreds of gigabits per second. You will witness a rapid commodification of high-end interconnect technologies that will facilitate transmission of information across data centers to be circulated at a much faster pace than before. It will also allow companies to create large applications for circulation of more data within the hardware infrastructure (commonly known as “chatty apps” within the industry). Developers can thus build sophisticated, intelligent and automated programs.

Cheaper Clouds and Low-Power Processors

Introduction of low-power chips with 64-bit capability into the market will lead to a sea change within the data center. Companies will use power-thrifty processors in the DC, and power consumption will be significantly reduced as an outcome. By 2020, low-power chips will be in demand and can be found almost everywhere. Low-power chip adoption will reduce the amount of workload on cloud and help cloud service providers to cut down on their electricity bills.

Data Centers to Resemble a Biological Ecosystem

With highly complex hardware and abstracted software, the combination of these interconnect technologies will make data centers to function like next Gen ecosystem. Basic tasks such as patching and updating equipment will be done automatically and data center will soon resemble a biological ecosystem.

Consolidation in Cloud Provider Market

The Cloud Service Provider (CSP) market will soon witness a consolidation by 2020 considering the huge costs associated with running cloud environments and the Internet reward scale. The CSPs will be experimenting with radical technologies to overcome competition in the cloud service space. Recently, the Internet search giant Google has moved its internal network to software networking with Open Flow standard and it is predicted that many other providers will join the frontrunner in adoption.

Emergence of Specialized Clouds

Clouds are differentiated based on their service capabilities and the environment they operate in, be it, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). By 2020, cloud service providers will face the need for specialized clouds. You can expect middle virtualization tools and dynamic BPO services to be the next trendsetters in cloud.

There will be a broad-based ecosystem of more specific cloud service providers who offer advanced storage systems and computing technologies at reduced costs. In future, cloud, like any other utility, will be differentiated by its range of service offering and infrastructure capabilities, which can adapt to varied business demands and customize services to sync with enterprise requirements.

In Conclusion

Cloud holds a promising future to transform businesses by 2020. Adoption of cloud as a mainstream technology will hold true in the next six years to come