The future of cloud use will involve automating infrastructure so that software developers and enterprises can concentrate on creating digital services and driving new business models with IT.
Barak Regev, director of cloud platform for the EMEA region at Google, described cloud adoption as a way to go beyond simply replacing physical infrastructure with cloud services and virtualisation.
“Cloud is not just about hosting, it’s a lot about the software evolution that you and me experience on a daily basis, be it web technologies or mobile technologies,” he said during a keynote speech at Cloud Expo in London.
Regev explained that cloud is being used as a way to free up developers and IT departments to be more innovative with technology by automating the procurement and setting up of cloud infrastructure and environments so they can start launching apps and rolling out new cloud-powered services.
“It’s abstracting the concept of infrastructure away from the developers, hiding that bare infrastructure from developers like we do at Google,” he said.
“As you automate everything, everything is fully managed and you deal only with software development. That is where cloud is evolving and focused.
“I can promise you that the amount of innovation and progress you will see in the next five years will be more than we’ve seen in 20 years of the IT industry, because cloud is now exploding.”
Embracing this automation is a way to deal with the growth and evolution of digital services which make it difficult to predict how much cloud resources a company needs.
“I can tell you one thing we’ve learned at Google: don’t even bother calculating that because anything you prepare doesn’t really estimate how much use you're going to experience in the next year, two years or even five years,” he said.
“We are living in an era where basically unlimited scale is needed to support our initiatives from a cloud perspective.”
To this end, Google’s cloud strategy involves opening the internet infrastructure that the company has built over the past 16 years so that other organisations can tap into it and make use of the innovations added to the Google Cloud Platform.
Evidence of such automated tools can be seen in Google’s App Engine, which automatically scales cloud resources in reaction to the amount of traffic an app receives. This means that developers need not concern themselves with trying to match traffic forecasts with cloud compute resources.
Google’s recently unveiled Stackdriver aims to provide companies with a simple way to manage multiple public and private clouds from a single dashboard.
More organisations are moving from legacy systems to digital services, and Regev’s points are pertinent as companies will need to see that digital transformation empowers IT departments and overhauls businesses models, rather than simply outsourcing infrastructure.
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