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Why Cloud Computing is a  Force Multiplier for Organisations

Chandra Sekhar Pulamarasetti, Co-Founder & CEO, Sanovi Technologies

In the past couple of years, Cloud Computing has grown amazingly and become perhaps the most vital part of an enterprise’s IT Strategy. This is not only helping organizations to free up IT from the constrictions of legacy software and hardware licensing data center models but has also revolutionized IT way to deliver services and access information, applications and business services. The continuous and rapid evolution in cloud computing has changed the thought of industries in implementing cloud computing. But, before they go ahead, they have to think again about its challenges and monitor trends in order to keep updating and adapting their cloud strategies.

Expected Tech Developments

With medium and large enterprises stepping up from running their Development/Test environment to running their critical applications, migrating these critical application workloads into a cloud is the new challenge. Tools and technology are matured enough to migrate this kind of workloads to help enterprises adapt to the cloud. The holistic approach to the migration process automates the complete lifecycle which includes:

1.Source Discovery Phase – In this phase, complete application stack discovery takes place

2.Auto capture of application characteristics

3.Assess & Planning Phase – This enables assignment of migration plan, and the ability to review resources & costs

4.Actual Migration Phase – Secure & optimised live data migration

5.Testing & Optimisation Phase – This enables automated application testing, optimise and retest of migrated application in the new cloud environment

6.Cutover Phase – Automated cutover

The focus here is proper planning, to ensure optimal cost and performance, which can be monitored and optimised. Migration is Application based and not individual machine based, thus ensuring your critical application are available as per defined SLAs, in the cloud environment.

Technology Predictions for the year 2016

Cloud adoption will become mainstream and enterprises will run their business-critical applications on the cloud. Enterprises will use private clouds within their data center and seamlessly extend to public cloud creating a hybrid environment. OpenStack will become the most popular choice by enterprises for setting up a private cloud. Regarding the market size and growth, according to Citi Research, the market size of cloud computing, in terms of revenues, was between $45 to $50 billion for 2013-2014, and will have a CAGR* of 20 per cent by 2020. Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), on the other hand, says the market for cloud computing will reach $127 billion by 2017. As per the International Data Corporation (IDC), cloud software revenues will be $67 billion in 2015, with a CAGR of 24 per cent for the next five years. According to Gartner, enterprise spending on public cloud services will reach $207 billion by 2016.

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