Focus changes in hybrid cloud prompt development directions

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TechFire event to explore how to get the best from rapidly evolving options



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15 May 2018 | 0

Analyst IDC has predicted that by 2020, data centres will account for just 50% of IT infrastructure spending, private and public cloud dominating the other proportion. Amid this change in emphasis, cloud vendors are making significant efforts to adapt to the change.

Cloud platform vendors are working intensely to enable application developers to innovate and create new business value as fast as possible, a key element of which is not committing to any one infrastructure platform, but instead using both private and public clouds.

“Any company that’s using the cloud is going to end up using multiple different tools, multiple different platforms,” said Maria Azua Himmel, senior vice president of distributed systems at US firm Fidelity Investments.

According to Himmel, a key technique is to use containers to ensure applications can run in any infrastructure environment. She reports that Fidelity uses a combination of a platform as a service (PaaS) and automation tools, such as Terraforms, Jenkins, Docker and Artifactory, facilitating the continued containerisation of applications and the optimisation of the application development pipeline, container orchestration and management that will allow integration into private and hybrid clouds.

As the cloud vendors recognise this, they are working to ensure their systems and platforms are as flexible and accommodating as possible, to capitalise on momentum, to provide a frictionless route to whatever mix of public and private suits each individual journey.

The next TechFire event, in association with Evros and Equinix, will explore the possibilities of hybrid cloud and what they mean for Irish enterprise, with a customer interview with Irish company Kingspan on 17 May at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

In examining the components of hybrid cloud infrastructure, such as Azure Stack and Equinix’s Cloud Exchange Fabric, this event will provide a guide for what needs to be done in-house to take full advantage of the hybrid future, to ensure it delivers the right fit for organisations, in a secure and controlled manner.

TechFire briefings are free to attend but registration is required, as space is limited.



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