Fabio Douek, Singlepoint’s head of Cloud Delivery, was interviewed in the TechPro November’s edition by Alex Meehan about what enterprise can get from the Cloud now, that they could never before. Read the transcript for this interview below:

Three Phases

In the last decade, we have seen organisations’ workloads moving at a fast pace from on premises to the cloud. That happened in three phases: The first one, organisations were asking themselves IF they should move to the cloud. At that point, there were concerns related to performance and security.

The second phase, they were asking when they should move to the Cloud. And finally, in the last two years, we’ve seen Cloud becoming the norm, and organisations moving toward a cloud-first mentality.

According to Gartner, worldwide public cloud service market will grow by 16.6% in 2018, reaching $ 287.2 billion. There are many reasons why organisations are adopting public cloud services. Cost reductions, global reach and time to market are the obvious ones.

In the past, organisations were reluctant to move to the cloud due to concerns regarding security and high availability. Today, interestingly enough, we see many organisations moving to the cloud, as they have realised that the cloud infrastructure is more secure and has higher availability than their own data centres.

The cloud providers address many of the heavy lifting activities, in order to provide a broad range of security compliance certifications. This includes the constructs, for example, for organisation to achieve GDPR compliance. It also supplies the underlying high available infrastructure. The customer is still responsible for configuring some of the security layers, which takes much less effort than doing an equivalent configuration on-premises.

There are many other capabilities which are enabled by public cloud providers, such as Big Data, IoT, Artificial Intelligence services such as Machine Learning, voice and image recognition. With the advent of the IoT and the need for real-time processing for use cases where network latency is critical, public cloud alone might not be the right fit. It might require co-operating with edge computing.

This means that some processing happens at the edge, close to the devices, and the remaining is processed/collected by the public cloud. Examples include: self-driving vehicles, healthcare and remote monitoring for gas operations. A good design is critical for a successful implementation.

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