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The evolution of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in 2017

By Paul Lyons - Monday, September 4th, 2017

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The second-generation of IaaS offerings are giving customers more control of the cloud stack than previously possible. For example, they provide the ability to manage virtualisation, servers, and storage, while simultaneously offering higher levels of performance and security.

 

What’s more, this latest wave of IaaS can deliver on-demand, single-tenant ‘bare metal’ machines, where each physical server is solely dedicated to just one customer.

 

But how else is IaaS evolving? Here are five predictions on what the second half of the year might have in store.

 

1. The emergence of cloud-based mission-critical workloads

 

Despite the fact that the cloud has promised the migration of enterprise workloads, a lack of commitment and recourse to support production service-level agreements has stood in the way.

 

However, IaaS could hold the key, as long as the provider is equipped to take more responsibility and deliver the control tenants demand.

 

2. The decline of the corporate-owned data centre

 

With more organisations focusing IT spending on the cloud, they’ll start migrating their workloads from corporate-owned data centres to purpose-built cloud facilities.

 

In fact, Oracle’s Mark Hurd predicts that we’ll see corporate-owned data centre numbers fall 80 percent by 2025, and that the same percentage of IT spending will be devoted to cloud services.

 

3. Enterprise cloud will be most secure place for IT processing

 

In the face of ever-changing threats and the need for better privacy mandates, IT security is now key priority for most businesses.

 

Although cloud used to be considered vulnerable, this is now the most secure option due to the expertise, resources, and track records of vendors.

 

4. Small business innovation will rely on the cloud

 

On account of the digital economy, every business must adopt services that exploit extensive, low-cost computational power.

 

But if a small business is to compete, it must look to the cloud. Here, they will find the ability to innovate, experiment, and sustain ongoing profitability.

 

5. Systems management moves to the cloud

 

By 2020, Oracle expects 60 per cent of IT organisations will have moved their most critical systems management use cases to the cloud.

 

This is because it can unify management data across multiple clouds and on premises.

 

For more information, download the Oracle Special Edition of IaaS for Dummies.

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