Hardly a day goes by without some guru or trend watcher making the umpteenth prediction about what the future IT landscape is going to look like. To put it in weather terms, ever more experts see ‘dark’ clouds gathering over conventional enterprise data centers. Personally, we think that even the significant shift towards the cloud has its silver lining.
As the ‘weather gods’ are of no help here, we will simply have to rely on influential CEOs and other ‘gods’ of business. “There is hardly any doubt that the cloud will absorb resources and investment from enterprises, leading to smaller and fewer enterprise data centers. Indeed, entire businesses will cease to exist as a result of a tremendous force of enterprise absorption”, said former Cisco CEO John Chambers in 2015. According to the OpenStack Foundation, which includes members such as Juniper and Cisco, the cloud will rejuvenate enterprises and restore their faith in their ability to own and maintain their own infrastructure.
A cloud prediction that even stands out in the stream of stats was made by Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd who expects 80% of corporate data centers will disappear by 2025. Wanna know what Gartner thinks? The renowned research and advisory authority from Stamford predicts that by 2020, more compute power will have been sold by infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) cloud providers than sold and deployed into enterprise data centers. This signals the end of the corporate data center as we know it, as the complexity of building and managing an on-premise infrastructure outpaces the ability of the IT department to contain it. Unwilling to give up without a fight, vendors are coming to recognize this trend.
They need to focus on managing and leveraging the hybrid combination of on-premises, off-premises, cloud and non-cloud architectures as a key component of digital transformation. Converged hardware vendors are now integrating public cloud technologies into their products with the aim of enabling enterprises to take full advantage of the instant scalability and pay-as-you-use economics of the public cloud, but without relinquishing the ownership, control and security afforded by on-premise alternatives.
We, at Terabit Systems, advise you to be prepared for many cloudy days, alternated by local (‘on-premise’) sunny spells. As this implies that we won’t get wet feet, that doesn’t sound too bad, now does it?