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Look Ahead: The Cloud in 2014 & Beyond

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1/7/2014 3:36:51 AM
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Re: Cloud Computing and Security
"Right now - if you're interested in IT, cloud computing, or the technology world in general - jump right in. There's lots to learn! 2014 and beyond will certainly create new types of positions and jobs. Just to name a few...."

Bill, good and hope these technologies will get a good momentum in 2014. There is no doubt that hybrid cloud will gain a more visibility that public or private cloud.

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1/7/2014 3:33:35 AM
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Re: Software defined offerings in 2014
"The bottom line is that the future data center is going to heavily revolve around virtualization, cloud and SDx technology. Just look at what SDN is doing for us. The types of connections we can create on a global scale is truly amazing."

Bill, no doubt about that. Most of the things are going to be play around with virtualization technology.

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1/7/2014 3:31:38 AM
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"Customer now look for data security and uptime. If these basic features a met you could keep the customer happy. "

Shehan, I too agree that these are major concerns. But evolving a tamper proof technology for security may take its own time.

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Bill Kleyman
Bill Kleyman
1/2/2014 11:11:07 AM
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Re: Cloud Computing and Security
@Jim - "Those IT pros who embrace change will do just fine in the new world. And, aren't the dynamics of the IT sector and the opportunities to drive change part of the appeal for many who get into the field in the first place?"

This is perfectly said. I couldn't agree more. This is exactly why I absolutely love this industry! The absolutely ever-evolving nature of IT these days keeps me on the edge of my seat. 

Right now - if you're interested in IT, cloud computing, or the technology world in general - jump right in. There's lots to learn! 2014 and beyond will certainly create new types of positions and jobs. Just to name a few....

- Big Data Architect

- Business Intelligence Engineer

- Cloud Architect

- Hybrid Cloud Architect

- Mobility Engineers/Directors

- Workforce enablement professionals

- Lots more...

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James M. Connolly
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1/2/2014 11:00:42 AM
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@Bill. Good question about cloud providers setting up shop in other countries to avoid the NSA snooping. Besides the prospect of UK agencies engaging in the same type of activity on traffic crossing their borders, I would be concerned about a cloud provider that sets up shop in another nation that may have leadership that is less than stable, less than ethical, or even holding different views on privacy than leaders in the EU, for example.

It's ironic that before the NSA revelations came down we heard of cloud providers assuring clients that their data wouldn't be stored outside the US. Now the EU is encouraging providers to NOT store in the US. Then we worry about spies from China or Russia accessing systems in the US and Europe, even though it appears that they learned their tricks from us.

I'm getting images of the old Mad Magazine cartoons with Spy vs Spy.

 

 

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James M. Connolly
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1/2/2014 10:50:09 AM
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@Bill. I agree. It's sad that some IT people watch the cloud evolve and fear that it means loss of their job. The key is that while it may mean loss of a specific job, it could mean creation of a new role. Those who are content to keep doing what they have been doing for years certainly are at risk from any change (not just the cloud but organizational change and tech's evolution).

Those IT pros who embrace change will do just fine in the new world. And, aren't the dynamics of the IT sector and the opportunities to drive change part of the appeal for many who get into the field in the first place?

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Bill Kleyman
Bill Kleyman
1/1/2014 6:01:35 PM
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@Shehan - It's hard to gauge the pace of the cloud. There are just too many variables.

However, I'll try to answer your question. Do I think it's moving slower than expected? No. Cloud computing, at least as a concept, has always been around. What has sped up is the infrastructure that supports it all. Plus, the end-point has advanced to a point where it can accept rich content and large amounts of information. 

Consider these stats from the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index Report (2013):



Global cloud traffic crossed the zettabyte threshold in 2012, and by 2017, over two-thirds of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud. Cloud traffic will represent 69 percent of total data center traffic by 2017.

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Bill Kleyman
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1/1/2014 5:56:20 PM
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@Shehan - I've said it before and I'll be happy to mention it again -- the cloud isn't perfect. Even some of the biggest providers experience serious outage issues. I've seen AWS take down some major companies because out outages and failed regional failover. I've also seen more than 50 services (including XBOX Live) fail all because a storage SSL certificate wasn't renewed. 

In technology, anything and everything can happen. The best way to protect yourself from outages and disasters is to conduct a Business Impact Analysis (BIA). This will show you the levels of importance within your organization. You'll learn about key dependencies and which core components must remain up at all times. 

The idea isn't to have everything up and running all the time. 100% uptime (although some promise it) is very, very hard to ultimately gaurantee. If you logically segment your environment and understand all of the components, creating solid disaster recovery and business continuity plans isn't too challenging. 

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Bill Kleyman
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1/1/2014 5:52:09 PM
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@Jim - That multi-national part is what gets people pretty nervous. I wrote an article recently for Data Center Knowledge titled "How Surveillance Impacts the Cloud and the Data Center."

Data center traffic is oftentimes under the surveillance of the bad guys -- or the host government. I posed the question will providers start building data centers outside of the US for global customers? 

Although many providers probably had this idea, the reality is that it may not help much. A recent article from The Guardian states that Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and Internet traffic.

The UK agency is said to have started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the NSA. The article points out that the sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate.

Furthermore, target advanced persistent threats (APTs) from China, Russia, and other countries add to the security and data retention issues. 

This is the current state in which the cloud resides. As the world becomes more interconnected and cloud services become even more abundant - regulations will change. Just like everythingin technology; we'll all adapt. 

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Bill Kleyman
Bill Kleyman
1/1/2014 5:42:58 PM
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@shehan - Absolutely. I'm really glad we all grew out of that "device" phase quickly. 

Want to know what the future holds? Complete application, data, and device abstraction. My future SmartHouse will be able to launch the same app as my Tesla.

#OneCanDream :)

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