Reliance on Cloud Requires Greater Resilience Among Providers

The final weeks of 2021 brought a reminder that with the transition to a cloud-driven world, the future the likes of Gartner had predicted, it also came with the risk of accidental service loss and the need for backup plans. A few days before Christmas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) dealt with another outage, this time due to a power outage, which occurred on the morning of December 22, affecting a data center in the North Virginia-based company’s US East-1 region.

The disrupted services included the video-streaming platform Hulu, the online game Fortnite, and Peloton’s tutorials and training. AWS got into the recovery process that morning; The incident came just two weeks after an earlier outage attributed to “vulnerability to many network devices” in the same cloud service area, although the previous outage saw more widespread repercussions.

The digital landscape seems to be going relentlessly into the cloud – although there may be service pits to contend with along the way. In early December, David Mitchell Smith, Distinguished Vice President and Honorary Analyst at Gartner Research, gave a talk on “The Cloud Computing Scenario: The Future of the Cloud” at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Cloud Operations and Strategies conference.

The future of the cloud has been summed up as being distributed wherever needed, ubiquitous, and empowering businesses. “The future of the cloud is primarily about that connection between business, technology, and strategy,” Smith said. “There is no business strategy without a cloud strategy and there is no true cloud strategy without paying close attention to the business outcomes you are trying to achieve.”

The pandemic has clearly accelerated some investment in and migration to the cloud, and Smith said the growing interest in leveraging these resources should continue. “We think almost all companies will have a cloud-first principle,” he said. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s just cloud, Smith said, but that the public cloud is being investigated as a potential first choice before looking for other resources.

He said that spending on the cloud is expected to eventually exceed spending on non-cloud IT, thereby creating new business opportunities, business models, and revenue streams with IT being a digital business enabler rather than a cost center.

Smith put together a projection from Gartner showing how some of the cloud trends in 2021 could evolve by 2025, with the proliferation of resources now seen as new becoming more and more popular. For example, cloud computing is expected to grow from a popular computing method to a widespread one. Developing applications in the cloud will allow for application aggregation and integration. The private cloud is expected to give way to the distributed cloud. “It doesn’t mean that things like VMware and other cloud-inspired things are going to go away, but the effort to create a true private cloud has been very difficult,” he said. “Distributed cloud, in many ways, is the next step.”

The stories below are a sample of InformationWeek’s coverage of the cloud in 2021. They may help decision makers plan for this new year:

Outage and Recovery: What Happens After AWS Is Disabled

Several services were restored that morning, but it was a reminder of the remaining questions about the dangers of focused reliance on cloud providers.

Nasdaq CEO at AWS re: Invent Talks Cloud’s Impact on FinTech

Adena Friedman has laid out a plan to bring more Nasdaq and cloud computing innovations to the financial markets by partnering with AWS.

HPE and Transamerica open their operating manuals for cloud transformation

The Infosys Americas Leadership Forum offered perspectives on leveraging the cloud and how technology can help the economy recover further.

Top 10 Cloud Computing Skills

Experts recommend that IT professionals in the cloud deepen their understanding of these key areas.

CIO Agenda: Cloud, Cyber ​​Security, and AI Investments in the Future

Companies that used “business viability” were more likely to succeed during the upheaval caused by the pandemic, according to Gartner. This volatility is here to stay, so it’s time to prepare for it.

Google Cloud Next charts the digital landscape where data and artificial intelligence meet

The launch of the annual conference shows how some organizations are exploring new layers of transformation through migration to the cloud.

What will be the next new standard in cloud software security?

The accelerated moves to the cloud made sense at the height of the pandemic — organizations may face different concerns in the future.


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