Cloud is rapidly giving way to multi-cloud, Nutanix .NEXT EMEA Conference hears
The multi-cloud revolution is well underway, but not without its challenges
A revolution in IT skills is underway, driven by cloud, with specialists giving way to IT generalists.
As IT matures, there will be a need for general cloud operations experts as opposed to, say, storage operations experts or network managers and so on, observes Dheeraj Pandey, co-founder & CEO at Nutanix. At the end of the day, businesses want to do more with less, and generalists allow them to do that, he adds.
At the Nutanix EMEA .NEXT conference in London this November, Pandey highlighted the continued atomisation and miniaturisation of IT. “In the last 30 years, we have moved from gigantic mainframes to Unix to virtualisation and now onto containers. The reason is simple-it has to be everywhere. This idea that you can make the unit of computing lightweight creates an extremely mobile and portable experience for applications,” he says.
There are parallels of course with our personal lives, where disparate gadgets such as cameras, GPS systems, have been all been reduced to apps on our mobile phones, Pandey observes.
Cloud is also rapidly giving way to multi- cloud. Multi-cloud allows organisations to move away from a monolithic cloud that has failed to deliver what businesses ultimately need, says Aaron White, regional director, Middle East, Nutanix. “Businesses have specific requirements around latency, data sovereignty, compliance and data privacy which often cannot be served by a monolithic cloud. So this idea of distributed cloud networks on a global or regional scale or the edge clouds for IOT has become very attractive to organisations. This is the underlying framework to simplify the potential complexity of multi-cloud,” says White.
Part of this transition is moving data where closer to where IT resources are.
The highest gravity component of computing is data because much of everything else is state-less, Pandey observes. So organisations need to have a cloud architecture that follows the gravity of data.
“To really address the issue of data gravity, and considering the rest of the computing-the compute, and networks, and security and identity and applications-are relatively stateless, you need to move resources close to the data itself.”
In the Middle East, the conversation has gone well beyond “what is cloud.” “The question now is, “how does cloud adapt to my business instead of the business adapting to cloud,” says White.
That said, there’s a growing challenge of shadow IT. Business units increasingly buy cloud services for their departments outside of IT, resulting in a complete lack of control in security and service levels. The multi- cloud tooling and simplicity that Nutanix is bringing will help businesses take control over shadow IT, and bring it into the IT fold, says White.
For a lot of businesses, the answer may not be as straightforward. “For cloud, the fundamental question should be, is the service providing you what you need in terms of latency, security, or how to manage data migration and all the other complex issues that paying X dollars per month will not fix,” says White.
CEO Pandey highlights continued atomisation of IT.
White: We are well beyond “what is cloud?”