While the subject of cloud computing is a massive area, I’d like to highlight a few predictions that bode well for the continued growth of iland as a focused cloud service provider.
Growth of Cloud Storage
- Cisco estimates total cloud storage to increase from 370EB in 2017 to 1.1ZB in 2018
- Increased regulation has driven requirements for several copies of backup data – on-premises, off-site or in the cloud. In certain industries, leglisation has required longer term retention of data, often up to 7 or 10 years.
- According to a 2017 Gartner survey, 42% of respondents said they would be looking to implement cloud backup in the next year, while 13% said they were doing so already.
- Increased availability of high-speed fibre broadband, as well as FTTP and MPLS circuits has made backup to the cloud much more accessible for small medium businesses.
Growth of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
- Gartner sees the DRaaS market to grow from $2.01B in 2017 to $3.7B by 2021
- 2017 has seen a great deal of natural disasters around the world, from hurricanes and floods to wild fires. Customers have been rushing to buy DRaaS services, and existing customers invoke DRaaS for real.
- Aside from natural disasters, the rise of ransomware has been another important driver for DRaaS. The very low RPOs often make DRaaS a better solution than trying to recover from daily backups.
- As with cloud backup, increased availability of high-speed fibre broadband, has made DRaaS replication across the internet much more achievable for most customers.
Hybrid or Multi-cloud
- The IaaS market grew 31.4% in 2016 according to Gartner. While the hyper-scale providers accounted for the lions share, others in the market saw a 13.2% growth. 451 Research predicts that IaaS will continue to grow from an estimated $16B in 2017 to $30B in 2021.
- Cisco sees SaaS as the most highly-developed cloud service and will account for 60% of all workloads.
- Cloud lock-in is seen as an issue with many of the hyper-scale cloud vendors. While everything might be going well now in terms of pricing, availability and performance, how do businesses plan to leave a cloud provider if things are no longer working out?
- In regulated industries such as financial services, organisations are advised not to put all of their eggs in one basket and therefore to use several clouds or managed services for their IT requirements.
As discussed earlier, the availability of high-speed connectivity has meant that the speed of access (and latency) has improved dramatically over recent years for customers running VPN tunnels over the public internet, or using leased lines and MPLS circuits.
On the subject of SaaS, iland has many successful ISVs amongst its customer base who are able to offer their software to customers as a SaaS solution, removing the need to either build their own cloud infrastructure, or for customers to have to provision their own systems on-premises.
Being based on a VMware infrastructure, customers are able to import and if required, export their virtual machines using the Open Virtualization Format (OVF). This then allows them to run on-premises again, or perhaps on another VMware-powered cloud, of which many are available around the world.
On the topic of multi-cloud, many of iland’s IaaS and DRaaS customers are also starting to use the hyper-scale cloud providers for other use cases. They can benefit from iland’s carrier-neutral data center locations that, in many cases, are also the home to some of the hyper-scale providers. Even if they are not, iland’s partnership with carriers such as, Megaport, enables them to easily connect at high-speed and low latency to ExpressRoute or DirectConnect services.
Learn more about iland’s secure cloud here.
- For many years security was seen as a blocker to cloud adoption. In most cases now, this is covered by the cloud provider and their vendor partners, even if you have to develop solutions for your requirements from a diverse set of product offerings.
- The advent of GDPR in May 2018 has created increased requirements for security and compliance around data ownership, access, and deletion, and importantly who is responsible for the data – the service provider or the organization/customer creating it?
From a compliance perspective, iland has a dedicated team of professionals to ensure that we are at the forefront of compliance initiatives such as, ISO 27001, CSA Star, SOC, HIPAA, PCI and GCloud. We partner with world-class data center providers to ensure the highest levels of security and availability for our suites.
GDPR will bring in a whole new set of requirements around data privacy, and iland is constantly improving our processes and procedures, as well as offering services to enable customers to understand their commitments around data protection as May 2018 draws closer.