Weekly Packet: IT Daydreams and Cloud Buzzkills
by September 23, 2016

Filed under: Industry Insights

We came across a new IT buzzword this week: immutable infrastructure. The concept is that infrastructure components get replaced wholesale—essentially a new build or deployment whenever a change or fix is needed. So, no patching needed! It’s a way to move toward easier infrastructure automation, and cloud computing can allow it room to really develop.

Good thing, since adoption of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud is predicted to skyrocket, according to recent surveys from McKinsey. IaaS was the primary environment for workloads for just 10% of enterprises in 2015, and it will be for 51% of enterprises in 2018. The survey found that in general, enterprise IT workloads are moving from a build to a consume model. And 451 Research found that IT execs think 60% of workloads will be running in the cloud by 2018.

But one industry pro thinks that cloud projections are overstated. Cloud Technology Partners’ David Linthicum says there’s one factor that may hold up this speedy growth—the people who have to do the work. The planning and migration process at any business isn’t instantaneous. Add budget concerns, and 2018 starts to seem unrealistically soon for all these workloads to be running in the cloud. It’s clear that cloud computing is here to stay, and may even become the backbone of enterprise technology. But that doesn’t mean that moving workloads to the cloud is easy.

In the department of Wicked Fast Technology, there’s news that Nokia Bell Labs has achieved 1Tbps speeds in Germany, beating Google’s superfast 1Gbps fiber network. The explanation of how they did it is pretty technical, but basically researchers came up with a new technique to make network speeds faster—and it worked. Put this in the daydream category now, though, as the technology isn’t market-available just yet.

Happy daydreaming, whether it’s about a speedy network or a hands-off cloud deployment.