Zurich-based CloudSigma, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider, sees cloud-based storage, software-defined networks and disaster recovery taking off this year, according to CTO and cofounder Robert Jenkins. “Storage is one of the biggest challenges in the public cloud. We expect to see in 2013 a lot of technology… coming to the mainstream that haven’t been available before.”
Vendors will leverage 100Gb networking to offer premier storage in the cloud through reduced latency, faster I/Os and greater performance, he said. And because 100gig networking uses standardized protocols, it can be implemented with the flip of a switch to offer instantaneous high performance to customers in which speed is pivotal, such as the financial sector.
There’s been a lot of buzz about SDNs, but while the rest of the world will be kicking tires and figuring out what to do, they will become widely adopted in the public cloud market, allowing vendors to create an optimized network between VMs. This, coupled with optimized routing, will allow for greater performance, efficiency and infrastructure control.
“We see it as critical in the public cloud to have very large horizontal networks. It’s more about managing routing and optimizing.” Currently, SDN is still very much a work in progress and all the pieces and standards aren’t in place yet, but Jenkins said these kinds of technologies will have a real affect on the public cloud. “We’re starting to test that now and expect to bring that in in 2013.”
Potential roadblocks include pricing, which tend to be a lot more expensive than traditional products, increasing costs by as much as 10-15%. He said vendors will need to bring prices down if they want to see SDN take off. “They’re in a Catch 22, if they want to see real adoption, prices have to come down.”
Jenkins final forecast has to do with disaster recovery. “People have realized that often data centers haven’t been reliable as in the past, and can use cloud to have remote locations. Cloud offers that ability to have lots of separation… and reliability.”
As clouds become more flexible, we will increasingly see companies using the cloud as a major component of their disaster recovery strategy, he said. By choosing a cloud vendor that places no restrictions on existing software, organizations can easily mimic their own data center in the cloud to seamlessly manage their disaster recovery process while leveraging the cloud’s innate HPC capabilities.
Regulation could be an issue, he said. “When Sandy hit, a lot of financial organizations had to switch immediately to Amazon.”
Software developers can’t keep up with the the demand for new, innovative and quality applications delivered in increasingly tighter timeframes, said ZeroTurnaround COO Alex Laats.
Over 90% of IT executives struggle to deliver enterprise application projects on time and within budget, and too often, the difficulty lies in early stages of deployment and the length of time it takes to test apps.
“With DevOps, they only have 52 Sunday nights a year. When they’re trying to upload a new code to an environment… trying to do it without downtime… and trying to do it without issues… they struggle.”
The expectations that end users and consumers have of the functionality they get from the Web have skyrocketed, he said. Consumer now have expectations that are beyond the capabilities of the software in many cases, and certain companies like FaceBook, Amazon and Google are changing the expectations all the time. “People get performance on FaceBook, Amazon and Google and wonder why they’re not getting the same performance from their bank.”
Something has to change, he said. His company offers tools for developers (JRebel) and quality assurance and operations (LiveRebel) and he expects to see much greater interest in these kinds of tools in 2013. “I think this has risen to the OMG level: fiscal cliff, Euro-zone softness; people look at 2013 and say what’s going to happen to my business? What we see, apps running are as important as eating, drinking and having a roof over your head. The investments organizations are making [in application development] are absolutely critical to their future survival.”
ZeroTurnaround has 3,000 customers, 30,000 users and grown 180% year-over-year, said CEO Jevgeni Kabanov. “We help software eat the world faster… speed up development.” JRebel solves a specific, but very major bottleneck in Java software development, while LiveRebel helps extend the Agile methodology to QA & Ops.