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Network Middle East - - CONTENTS / JANUARY 2019 -

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?”

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