RackWare, a software provider that integrates data center and cloud resources into a scalable and intelligently managed computing environment, has announced seven top predictions for the year ahead in the cloud, particularly in cloud-based disaster recovery (DR), datacenter heterogeneity and workloads in the cloud.
- Cloud DR Will Increasingly Be Used For Planned Outages – Cloud DR can be used to address planned downtime just as much as unplanned downtime. Disasters are quite rare, but planned outages are very common – these include batch processing, reporting windows, and of course backup windows. Instead of consuming resources from production workloads, the synchronized “clone” image of the original workload can be started in the cloud and used for processing.
- Cloud-Based Hot Backups Will Be Used Increasingly For Test/Dev – Some data centers clone their production environment fully or partially in order to perform applications testing before promotion into a live environment. When application changes are made, they are placed in the replicated data center until they are fully tested, and then the changes are promoted into production, usually through another set of staging servers. Maintaining a second, and sometimes a third, identical data center is expensive and resource intensive. By utilizing the failover and failback facilities of Cloud DR, production hardware no longer needs to be duplicated.
- Disaster Recovery As A Service Will Gain Momentum – The concept of self-service will emerge in DR where end users can automate backups without assistance from IT professionals. We will see a tendency to move away from expensive, traditional DR to Recovery as a Service in the cloud. Application owners will have the ability to setup DR strategies themselves, freeing time from IT admin and operations. With the help of third party solutions, MSPs, ISPs and cloud providers will setup services to automate all aspects of a DR strategy for their customers.
- Clouds Will Increase Heterogeneity In The Data Center – Many enterprises are diversifying away from, or moving completely over to new cloud infrastructure. This is occurring primarily due to anticipated cost savings from the pay-per-use model of the public cloud, where companies only pay for the bandwidth, processing, storage and memory resources that are used per unit of time. With these new infrastructure options, data centers are hosting an increasing number of infrastructure types: public, private, virtual, physical across different operating systems, hardware and cloud vendors.
- Legacy Applications Will Continue To Persist In The Cloud – Today’s leading edge application is tomorrow’s legacy application. People processes and operational dependencies are reasons why applications remain in the data center and never go away, even when they are very old. Interestingly, it appears cloud is not only for green-field apps, as many legacy apps are being moved to the cloud. We have observed a trend towards stitching together unchanged internal infrastructure with cloud resources, rather than re-architecting internal infrastructure into private clouds first.
- Enterprises Will Become More Serious About Running Crucial Workloads In The Cloud – Public clouds have gone through enough upheavals over the years and have become hardened and made to withstand constant hacking attempts. We anticipate that public cloud will become even more robust over time, as it appears that some data centers have come to recognize that public clouds may actually be more secure than internally built environments.
- Tools Will Be Needed To Move Workloads From Where They Are To Where They Need To Be – Over the longer term, workloads will automatically move themselves in order to balance capacity demand with resource supply. Workloads will automatically scale out into the cloud when needed, and scale back in when the resources are not needed, all based on elastic demand and supply – heterogeneous, cross infrastructure tools will make this possible by third-party software vendors – and these tools will likely not be made available by the cloud vendors themselves.
RackWare allows enterprises to use the public cloud as just another resource for their internal infrastructure – for disaster recovery, as well as scaling purposes. RackWare’s flagship solution, the RackWare Management Module (RMM), allows workloads to be ported between any platform, virtual or physical, and any cloud. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Milpitas, California.