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Guest view: Trimming the fat in the cloud

Adam Judd, Vice President Asia Pacific, Brocade | Aug. 29, 2014
Technology disruptions of the cloud dictates we fundamentally rethink how networks should be designed, deployed and operated.

New figures demonstrate that CIOs are aware of the new business models, consumption models, user expectations, security issues and privacy concerns associated with the cloud. And they will use the cloud to drive growth and innovation throughout their organisations.

According to research firm Gartner, the push for more personal cloud technologies will lead to a shift towards services and away from devices. In addition, a study by 451 Research forecasts that the worldwide cloud computing market is expected to grow at a 36 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016, reaching a market size of US$19.5 billion by 2016. In 2014, we expect the cloud to develop into a key business enabler and, as private clouds mature, the desire to leverage public cloud elasticity will grow.

So with the technology disruptions of the cloud, we are fundamentally rethinking how networks should be designed, deployed and operated in data centres.

Networks are more critical than ever to deliver applications, and we believe Ethernet fabrics will play a pivotal role to accelerate this transformation, with drastic improvements in network efficiency, resource utilisation and performance. The explosion of data is forcing an end to the traditional three-tier network and with Gartner predicting that by 2014, 80 percent of network traffic will flow from server to server and we expect to see enterprises continuing to flatten their networks. They will benefit from more powerful and resilient networks, while ensuring that the networks can considerably grow network capacity on demand without disruptions. Even at the age of 40, Ethernet will continue to revolutionise networking.

Opting for public or private cloud
The benefits may be numerous when you don't have to build your own data centre, from the real estate itself, all the way to the power and cooling. There is access to data services to consider as well and plant security, plus challenges of data sovereignty, or the need to have access to the physical infrastructure that makes co-location or hosting not everybody's ideal scenario.

We are however seeing that pushing services to the cloud provides more flexibility and agility than typically is seen by owing and having to upgrade your own equipment.

These benefits for using a public cloud range from cost - not having to pay for building and service installations including power, cooling and data services. Hardware can remain current and is leased as part of the service, and upgrades are typically provided by the cloud provider. With public cloud, you have access to much more compute than an organisation may have provisioned for by being able to utilise the cloud provider's infrastructure. Cloud offerings allow you to burst the organisation's compute size up or down to align with your business and/or application needs.


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