A panel of delegates and a select group of technology companies convened at Cloud Field Day 9 last week to discuss innovations in the cloud services market. I'm fortunate to have attended as a delegate. In this capacity, I enjoyed a front row seat for presentations on the latest in cloud technology.
|Still locked in a staring contest with cloud? You're not alone.|
Two common cloud migration strategies (lift-and-shift and refactor) have run their course. What options are left to the late adopters? Is it too late to move forward with a hybrid cloud strategy, especially if you haven't even figured out a single cloud strategy?
To hear from VMware, Red Hat, Pure Storage, StorPool, NetApp, AWS, and Scality, the answer is a hard no (where no is a good thing).
If you haven't adopted a cloud strategy of any variety yet, you're not alone. The implications of a shift from traditional on-premises workloads where the server is the base unit of abstraction are non-trivial, and impact more than just your operations. You've heard of containers and docker and kubernetes, but these are not minor projects for an organization to tackle on their own. Even using managed solutions like Google Kubernetes Engine and Azure Kubernetes Service are serious undertakings that require a highly specialized skillset (enter the SRE) to properly build and manage. But good SREs are in high demand, are hard to find, and should be freed from operations to spend their time making your applications faster and better.
In particular, VMware recognizes that their customers inhabit the entire spectrum of cloud adoption:
- On-prem / private cloud
- Cloud curious
- Hybrid cloud
- Cloud first