I’m honored to be participating in a debate sponsored by IBM entitled: IBM Smarter Computing’s What’s Next for IT Debate. This will be a frank and honest discussion about cloud, data and security topics that are top concerns for business and tech clients. The debate will be moderated and led by expert IT influencers.
This debate will ask the question: “Does infrastructure really matter when it comes to cloud?”
The core issue around cloud and infrastructure is that “the cloud” is both a provider of infrastructure, as well as a consumer of it. Thus, we have to consider both the foundations of PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS clouds, as well as clouds that provide foundational infrastructure themselves.
The reality is that cloud computing is becoming the new platform for business. Thus, this platform must support both a resilient and high performance infrastructure that’s able to remain in constant production, as well as provide the ability to scale.
The reality is that most of those who leverage or provide cloud services, don’t understand the value of infrastructure as it pertains to core operations. It’s a less-than-sexy concept, which is only the only topic of conversation when there are outages or performance issues that cost the businesses real money.
Certain aspects of infrastructure are becoming even more important when considering cloud computing:
- Resiliency, or the ability to keep running no matter what.
- Performance, or the ability to provide core services that keep up with the demand of the business.
- Elasticity, or the ability to expand and contract to align with the requirements of the business.
- Security, or the ability to protect critical information and processes.
Come to the debate and discover why this is one of the most important topics to consider, as we continue to migrate into the cloud.
David Linthicum is a true thought leader and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. Leading technology publications frequently name him among the top 10 enterprise technologists in the world. As the author of over 13 books on computing with over 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert, he is often quoted in major business and technology publications. You can find him on Twitter: @DavidLinthicum
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