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Cloud Trends from IBM

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Kevin Allen of IBM’s Thoughts on Cloud interviews Distinguished Engineers from IBM about the cloud trends they are seeing for the coming years.

But, first what is an IBM Distinguished Engineer (DE)? Mr. Weeks explains, “Distinguished Engineers are key technical experts with in-depth knowledge of a particular subject matter, or multiple areas. DEs, as they’re often called, help shape business decisions and processes not just at IBM, but throughout the technology field.”

Public vs. Private Cloud.  DE Jesse Proudman believes the distinction between public and private cloud will not exist within the next five years.  He sees architectures and platforms moving into a monolithic model.  This model will share the following characteristics:

  • Open APIs, hardware and software
  • Reliance on software for failover
  • Hardware moves further from cloud operations software

He points out, “The result of these forces is that increasingly similar cloud architectures are being deployed on both sides of the firewall. That’s the future we’re building at IBM. It’s a vision that lets customers build an application one time, then run that app and move its associated data to the infrastructure that makes the most sense from a business, performance, and economic standpoint. This puts customers in control, no longer forcing them to make artificial cloud architecture choices that limit future options and increase risk.”

Standards creation. DE Christopher Ferris predicts that cloud will continue to reduce the time to market for new interoperability standards. With cloud and open source not only is the feedback cycle reduced but also standards can be more easily integrated into the product from the start.

Collaboration drives innovation. Cloud continues to pave the path for increased developer collaboration. DE Andrew Hately  predicts, “As a result of the collaboration in code we’re seeing in Open Source communities, the next wave of innovative cloud services will emerge from these collaborative and vibrant developer ecosystems.”

DevOps becomes second nature. DE Dan Berg predicts, “I believe that over time we will not use the phrase DevOps anymore (or OpsDev, for that matter) because the behaviors and practices will be second nature. The principles, tools, and culture of DevOps will just become an inherent aspect of being a successful developer in the cloud.”

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