Industrial revolution? The next technology wave? The new age of computing? Just exactly where are we? Automation, augmented reality, big data (too much data), analytics, the drivers for DevOps, AI, machine learning and IoT all have commercial merit and compose strong business cases to deliver that USP or unique value to your business. Long gone are the days of a ‘steady as she goes’ business, the fight for supremacy, the competitive edge and more so survival, will never leave us.
My team and I here at Cetus have been presenting the merits of “The Journey to the Cloud” and building solutions on Cloud platforms since 2010, that seems an age considering the average age of a sheep is only ten years! Does this mean we’ve not got long left for the Cloud?!
Today we live in a world of many Clouds. I presented this at our recent annual Cetus Summit to my team, I like it! Public, private, hybrid, even bespoke clouds are all too common platform choices alongside regular physical platforms. Many Clouds depicts choice, agility and flexibility. After all no two customers are the same and differentiating business outcomes define organisational stature, a mantra deep in the core of Cetus DNA.
As many organisations have started their cloud journeys and are embracing the utility base computing model, delivering computing like the flick of a light-switch analogy, what constraints are we starting to see?
One must be open and adaptable to the X-as a service model, utilising computing technology the same way your utilities at home are consumed. I have the little house-spy that monitors consumption of ‘Gaz and Lekkie’ so like it or not, I’m used to a consumption model. So, it’s actually very easy for us to embrace right?!
Public Cloud adoption whilst both worldwide and dominating, delivering new ways of service delivery is, believe it or not, still in its infancy and does carry constraints. Let’s go back to the world of many Clouds. Hybrid Cloud platforms, designed and developed specifically for you, your business, your requirements and your desired business objectives, how does that sound? Indeed, much more flexible right?!
But, yes, there’s always a but! What we are starting to see is big data continuing to grow into ‘colossal data’ and it just keeps coming and, we’re really only at the start of the IoT revolution too. Analytics is almost imperative for management of large volumes of data for organisations to gain the crucial value of their data. Interestingly for the first time in years, hardware vendors are reporting increased sales in high powered edge computing, powerful desktops and laptops. Why? What’s driving this? Simplicity, Data and Analytics. Data can be generated too fast and too large to transport efficiently to the cloud, no doubt costly too, analytics engines need efficient data access and fast processing to produce crucial and meaningful real-time results.
So, the tin-vendors are seeing increases in edge computing sales, meeting demands for high productivity and driving computing efficiency, organisations striving for speedy real-time information at source on a more common well managed Windows 10 device. It’s not unusual for analytics engines to be local to the data, factories, plants, branch offices etc. I recently had the pleasure of understanding how a leading F1 team handles valuable car data and analytics in a matter of seconds, incredible!
So, what next? If i could give you that answer id most likely be ‘up there’ with Elon Musk and some dude named Gates!
The world of many Clouds is upon us, allowing companies like Cetus to design and develop the most flexible, tailored, agile and powerful computing solutions in our heritage. Solutions which embrace on-premise, SaaS, public and hybrid cloud platforms, together in a single managed service or consumption model, this is realism, right now, exciting times! The increase in edge computing power arguably further stretches the cloud to the desktop, I like the phrase ‘where digital and physical worlds meet’ and forms part of the hybrid or the many-clouds solution.
A further recent debate I had discussed that Cloud is the future’… yet edge / physical computing is on the increase. Will we see cloud saturation? Will real-time demands and the all-crucial analytics overload bandwidth and public cloud platforms driving a return to local, on premise computing? The tin-vendors remain buoyant, selling truck-loads of servers to the world of many clouds and now similarly increasing edge computing sales… perhaps a leading indicator?
Will we see a computing singularity? I’d suggest its right here, right now…
Mike English – Managing Director
Since forming Cetus in 2001, Mike drives change and development to ensure Cetus empower and deliver real value to our customers, enabling successful business outcomes.