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Cloud-software optimisation – Lightening the load

by Sebastian Hou / Sep 9, 2019

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Cloud computing has been a buzzword for several years, with everyone upbeat on all things serverless computing. But the ecosystem is not as straightforward as it once was. The next decade will see rising segmentation of growth as software and services take off and leave hardware behind.

Infrastructure optimisation
Enterprise and cloud IT are increasingly adopting software-defined infrastructure (SDI), which boosts efficiency by breaking down silos and integrating new architecture like containers (Kubernetes), microservices and serverless. While this is not news, proliferation has accelerated this year as technologies become more mature, reliable and readily available. With all cloud-service providers and enterprise-IT-solution vendors now offering these platforms and continuous enhancements, we appear to have reached an inflection point.

Cloud trends
Serverless and containers have often been viewed as competing development technologies, but the launch of AWS’s Fargate and Google’s Cloud Run on Knative could change this. These integrated platforms afford users the ease and velocity of serverless, and the flexibility and portability of containers. Meanwhile, Google Cloud’s new open platform called Anthos allows applications to be managed anywhere, further facilitating the migration towards multicloud and distributed IT.

Ecosystem evolution
The cloud is shifting towards a service-consumption model to meet the needs of enterprises and their IT departments. Software-as-a-service (SaaS), IT and managed services, and cybersecurity will skyrocket as cloud/software providers increasingly offer preintegrated services like database and messaging, API gateways and networking, AI and machine-learning, and serverless functions. This has profound implications for hardware suppliers, the development of SDI and HCI and related software and services.

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