Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Kevin Benedict, Abdul Jaleel Kavungal Kunnumpurath

Related Topics: @CloudExpo

@CloudExpo: Blog Feed Post

Cloud Computing: It’s all about the Software

Where the Magic Really Lies in Cloud Computing

While I have probably beat the definition of cloud computing to death, I want to spend some more time on where the magic really lies in Cloud Computing. Without going into a Ballmerellian rant, the key to unlocking the full potential of the cloud is developers, developers, developers. More specifically, software is what will define not only what cloud is, but also what cloud is capable of. The faster that CIOs and CTOs come to this realization, the better it will be for their organizations.

Figuring out ways to distribute applications across infrastructure is a difficult task that many CIOs are facing today. This is especially true in the financial industry where legacy applications and legacy systems (read mainframes) severely hamper flexibility and restrict high-availability. IBM long ago roped the largest financial institutions and locked them into the long term maintenance (and associated costs) of the mainframe. To this day it remains a huge cash cow for IBM. This is slowly changing, however, as these institutions make the crucial decision to re-factor applications for a dynamic data center infrastructure or private internal cloud.

When it comes to 'fixing' applications within an enterprise, often the right answer is to re-write the application. This usually comes at a significant cost and proverbial pain, so most CIOs shy away from doing the right thing. The financial justification, however, does not work in their favor when you take into account the long term savings that come from re-writing the application to layer over a dynamic infrastructure. Once off of legacy systems, applications can be written so that they are flexible, easily scalable, highly available and easily distributed across multiple geographic locations. This re-factoring process involves multiple steps in which application requirements are gathered, application patterns are developed, architectural reference guides are written and developers are given the tools to write applications that excel within this framework.

With all that said, how is cloud all about the software? As we have seen from Google's data centers, there is a fundamental shift in how we think about redundancy and high availability when we work from a cloud perspective. In a traditional application server model, there is redundancy at the hardware level with power supplies, memory banks, processor sockets, local RAID disks, expensive SANs, network adapters, etc. The architecture may provide for some basic clustering, but the idea is to keep the hardware from failing as much as possible. In the cloud computing data center architecture, the basic assumption is that the hardware is going to fail. The hardware is commodity now and we do not rely on it for redundancy. All redundancy and high availability is handled at the software layer. Through various methods of data and workload distribution, the hardware can fail and not have a negative impact on the cloud as a whole. The software can also handle multi-tenancy if so desired, although that is currently handled at the virtualization layer for the most part. I can guarantee that will shift over time, but the core concept is that the cloud is 'intelligent' and 'aware' and it is responsible for all functionality above the most basic commodity hardware layer.

I don't want to give the impression that the technologies that power the cloud today are set in stone. There are great opportunities for developers to create frameworks that underpin and power the cloud. Much like Ruby on Rails empowers developers and delivers impact in a 3-tier web architecture, a framework with similar focus can easily take the cloud computing world by storm. There are several frameworks out there today that offer great value as well. The core method of virtualization is also shifting as large enterprises are standardizing their technology stacks. When an enterprise standardizes on a technology stack with a single operating system, application server and coding language, products like VMware lose their attractiveness as container based virtualization is often cheaper and delivers better performance overall. It will also become easier over time to manage virtualization technology as part of the operating system rather than a separate entity altogether. Again, this shift will come over time as more enterprises give due diligence to the standardization process and seek to ease management of the infrastructure. I'm excited about all of the possibilities that cloud computing brings, and it is the software that will deliver what enterprises want.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Ernest de Leon

Ernest is a technologist, a futurist and serial entrepreneur who aims to help those making IT related business decisions, from Administrators through Architects to CIOs. Having held just about every title in the IT field all the way up through CTO, he lends his industry experience and multi-platform thinking to all who need it. Creating a vision and executing it are two different things, and he is here to help with both. Seeing the forest and the trees at the same time is a special skill which takes years of experience to develop.

@CloudExpo Stories
"When we talk about cloud without compromise what we're talking about is that when people think about 'I need the flexibility of the cloud' - it's the ability to create applications and run them in a cloud environment that's far more flexible,” explained Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The Internet giants are fully embracing AI. All the services they offer to their customers are aimed at drawing a map of the world with the data they get. The AIs from these companies are used to build disruptive approaches that cannot be used by established enterprises, which are threatened by these disruptions. However, most leaders underestimate the effect this will have on their businesses. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rene Buest, Director Market Research & Technology Evangelism at Ara...
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the de...
When growing capacity and power in the data center, the architectural trade-offs between server scale-up vs. scale-out continue to be debated. Both approaches are valid: scale-out adds multiple, smaller servers running in a distributed computing model, while scale-up adds fewer, more powerful servers that are capable of running larger workloads. It’s worth noting that there are additional, unique advantages that scale-up architectures offer. One big advantage is large memory and compute capacity...
"Loom is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning into the entire log analysis process, from start to finish and at the end you will get a human touch,” explained Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President, Marketing at Loom Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
The financial services market is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, yet it’s bogged down by legacy CPU technologies that simply can’t keep up with the task of querying and visualizing billions of records. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Karthik Lalithraj, a Principal Solutions Architect at Kinetica, discussed how the advent of advanced in-database analytics on the GPU makes it possible to run sophisticated data science workloads on the same database that is housing the rich...
What's the role of an IT self-service portal when you get to continuous delivery and Infrastructure as Code? This general session showed how to create the continuous delivery culture and eight accelerators for leading the change. Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud ...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
We build IoT infrastructure products - when you have to integrate different devices, different systems and cloud you have to build an application to do that but we eliminate the need to build an application. Our products can integrate any device, any system, any cloud regardless of protocol," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ayehu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara California. Ayehu provides IT Process Automation & Orchestration solutions for IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents and enable rapid containment, eradication, and recovery from cyber security breaches. Ayehu provides customers greater control over IT infras...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business...