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Making the Most of the Cloud and Enabling New Capabilities

January 8, 2015 - 1 Comment

Cloud computing has been an important aspect of IT departments for several years but it wasn’t until the past decade that cloud computing started to develop and evolve to include private, public and hybrid cloud solutions. The capability and agility of the cloud has forced this rapid evolution. Cloud is transforming businesses of all sizes, from small and midsized businesses to larger organizations – a trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down. So what does the evolution of cloud solutions and services mean for the future?

The Future is Cloud

Cloud enables capabilities such as enhanced remote access, video streaming, faster disaster recovery, increased scalability and reduced IT infrastructure total cost of ownership (TCO) and will be a main driver of these capabilities moving forward.

With most new software being built for cloud from the outset, Gartner predicts that by 2016 over a quarter of all applications (around 48 million) will be available on the cloud (Global Technology Outlook: 2014) and cloud will make up the majority of new IT spending. Gartner also predicts that hybrid cloud will overtake private cloud deployments in 2016, with nearly half of large corporations having hybrid deployments by the end of 2017.

The concept of cloud computing has evolved from the concepts of grid, utility, software as a service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and is an emerging model through which users can gain access to their applications from anywhere, at any time, through their connected devices. Cloud computing is enabling new capabilities in video delivery as well, as the pay-TV marketplace holds tremendous opportunities to offer captivating user experiences to subscribers across any device, anywhere, and unlock new business models and revenue streams.

To capture these opportunities, you need a video platform that can transform your business. It should make it easier to help you more simply develop and deliver dynamic new services with the agility and speed to stay ahead of the competition, all while optimizing costs.

New Capabilities for Video

Cloud is becoming a critical element for the future of information technology (IT) and delivery of video and content. An organization can run their own rich media infrastructure, flexibly and effectively at low cost without depending on third-party hosts. This includes delivering on-demand video and live video streaming.

Due predominately to the rise in video-based consumer services, data-center-to-user traffic has some significant peaks in activity. Much like prime time viewing hours, average amount of data center traffic per hour during peak periods is expected to rise up to 2.5 times, requiring the need to plan for additional capacity from data centers and the cloud as well as from the network. Live video streaming from the cloud are becoming increasingly popular as cloud’s elastic infrastructure provides new ways of delivering this rich media content (video and audio). The on-demand model of cloud is perfectly suited to serve this type of variable demand.

With video delivered from the cloud, you can easily scale visual communications to reach employees anywhere and deliver highly secure interoperability with customers and partners. Whether you are extending an existing deployment or are new to video, cloud-based video services can:

  • Enhance your video collaboration strategy
  • Deliver highly flexible solutions that simplify any-to-any collaboration

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  1. You said "Gartner also predicts that hybrid cloud will overtake private cloud deployments in 2016, with nearly half of large corporations having hybrid deployments by the end of 2017." The upside opportunity for vendors is to enable the simplification of hybrid IT scenarios, and increase the effectiveness of DevOps workflows -- by enhancing the core capabilities of cloud management platforms. While most vendors will focus on the customer needs and wants for shifting IT workloads between clouds, I see a greater potential for cloud management platforms to move up the value-chain -- towards the essentially task of ensuring that the resulting digital service deployments achieve the desired "business outcome" goals and objectives.