Verizon reviews: Building for peak capacity is bygone mindset
By Carol Ko 07-Jan-2011
What specific trends in cloud computing have you observed in the past year?
Gupta: Cloud computing -- whether public or private -- is enabling businesses to move to a new and more efficient IT model, allowing enterprises to use computing resources (network, server, storage) on-demand and to serve applications centrally. With security and performance enterprise-ready, the 'cloud' is enabling businesses to be more agile, more productive and more flexible. Businesses also benefit from lower IT, energy and real estate costs through data center virtualization.
What specific trends in cloud computing do you foresee for the next three years?
Gupta: Here are some of the trends we think will help move business forwards in the coming years:
|"Building for peak capacity is yesterday's way to manage IT resources."|
-- Prashant Gupta, head of solutions, Verizon Business India
- High IQ networks -- These networks -- which comprise ultra-wideband capacity, "super" data centers for the cloud and smart devices for anywhere, personalized applications -- will become the springboard for a new decade of innovation. Businesses that have learned to do more with less over the past several years will increasingly harness the power of High IQ networks for the most inventive, efficient and cost-effective platform for success. They will look to private, public and hybrid clouds for new delivery models and move to more industry-specific solutions to get the most for their money.
- Everything-as-a-Service: a 'cloudy' new mindset -- Building for peak capacity is yesterday's way to manage IT resources. Today's smart CIO uses only those resources required to power his or her business. Plus, with today's new IT delivery model centered on the cloud, enterprises need not make large investments in capital equipment or additional IT resources. A smart business knows buying solutions "as a service" delivers better economics, faster time to market, and access to information and content sharing virtually anywhere in the world.
- Enterprise apps go mobile -- Smarter, more portable devices combined with fourth-generation wireless networks and an increased demand for workforce mobility and advanced mobile enterprise application platforms will make business apps more attractive and popular. A "thin-client" approach where applications are stored and delivered from the cloud is helping to make the business case progressive yet practical to "mobilize" applications beyond the desktop to become truly accessible, seamless and secure for today's on-the-go workforce. More powerful devices, backed by huge libraries of applications and large developer communities will help businesses capitalize on LTE-based mobile broadband that offer mobile computing experiences we can only begin to imagine.
- Personalization inspires innovation -- There will never be a better opportunity for CIOs to rethink the way they can deliver value for their businesses. The cloud, enhanced mobility ability and a hunger for new ways of working will inspire a more strategic approach to employing technology. IP networks will continue to enable new Web communities to market and support products and services. Crowd-sourcing will drive innovation and analytics will play an increasingly important role in helping businesses engage with their customers. Add to this an enthusiastic developer community, and one can envision an unlimited number of creative solutions inspired by and tailored to the individual.
A few discussions about cloud compliance and industry standards are going on in the ICT community at present? What's your take on this?
Gupta: Individual organizations will continue to be responsible for meeting regulatory and industry compliance requirements. Yet with cloud computing, the burden for maintaining security systems in the cloud will fall on the service provider. For this reason, it's important to select providers that have security expertise in PCI DSS, HIPAA, GLBA, EUDPD, and other security initiatives.
Companies should also ask the cloud provider if it receives regular security assessments from third parties or internal security teams. Companies should then choose providers who have been certified with information security standards such as PCI, SAS70, HITRUST CSF, and ISO27001. Also, it's very important to check if the provider has a plan for responding to security incidents and what the response time to critical threats is. Experienced providers will have a strong service level agreement and a solid track record of proven security practices.