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The rapid growth of hyperscale IaaS platforms is changing how enterprises can get better Cloud ROI
By: Gaurav Pal
Mar. 8, 2017 07:45 AM
The rapid growth of hyperscale IaaS platforms that provide serverless and Software management automation services is changing how enterprises can get better Cloud ROI. Heightened security concerns and enabling developer productivity are strategic issues for 2017.
As DevOps is catching the imagination of mainstream IT and many organizations are gearing up to implement DevOps - does it really deliver the promised Developer Productivity gains? In truth, DevOps is hard to implement and maintain. Only extremely mature and deeply talented IT shops are truly able to implement Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment pipelines with containers and deal with all of the complexity. Why bother if DevOps is going die with the arrival of serverless computing? Is there really any need for "Ops" at all?
CIO Outlook 1: Rethinking SaaS and Security in 2017
The early success of SaaS helped change customer behavior. Customers became comfortable with data and software running outside of their firewalls. The concept of management by SLAs was in many ways driven by the initial success of SaaS. In the past few years the trend toward SaaS creation and adoption has exploded with the adoption of hyperscale IaaS platforms by SaaS vendors.
This is the great paradox.
The emergence of public cloud IaaS platforms on the one hand is fueling the explosive growth of SaaS, but on the other hand it will kill (or dramatically disrupt) SaaS as it destroys the fundamental value proposition!
Your Cloud or My Cloud?
Additionally, as both SaaS providers and enterprise SaaS consumers start to operate on the same platform, the SaaS "value-stack" is significantly diminished. Artificial data silos are created for the enterprise when their "SaaS" data is resident right next to their enterprise data, just separated by a contractual boundary.
SaaS buyers in many ways "pay" twice for their data. Once for storing it in the SaaS platform and a second time for backing it up into their "cloud environment" for security or analytical purposes. Many enterprises often overlook the hidden costs associated with SaaS. These include hard network and storage costs associated with copying data back and forth for backup/retention or analytics purposes.
Instead of moving enterprise data to the SaaS platform, why not move the "SaaS" code?
If both the SaaS provider and the consumer have access to the same set of tools on the same cloud platform, then what is the real value-add from the SaaS service? Just the software, right?
Upended revenue mode
Let's assume those 100 users consume 100 GB of space and five cloud servers. The customer adds another 50 users but, because of limited true usage, the storage and compute requirements did not really change much. Why should the customer pay an additional $5,000 for those additional 50 users, if the underlying incremental costs did not change that much?
SaaS buyers are starting to think real hard when deciding between a "per-user" SaaS annual subscription model versus a "cloud-hosted" pay-per-call model that is enabled with Serverless computing.
Security and Compliance
Experts in platform-as-a-service and cloud computing are seeing some of these pains within the enterprise.
"Pricing, governance and security are key for enterprises consuming multiple SaaS services. It becomes challenging to understand the security footprint of the system as a whole as the number of SaaS services consumed increases," said Derek Collison, CEO and Founder, Apcera.
CIO Outlook 2: Rethinking DevOps in 2017
The sophistication and list of available services have grown exponentially. AWS Athena for SQL processing, DynamoDB for NoSQL stores and the list goes on. Getting rid of virtual machine instances and containers and instead adopting a serverless computing model can provide enterprises with the ability to leapfrog the DevOps wave and just focus on Dev. A key benefit is the potential reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for serverless applications when considering the operations, maintenance and security overhead.
Making the right strategic decisions is critical for both cloud services buyers and providers to ensure their ability to sustain and thrive in the cloud era. The emergence of serverless computing, alternative software distribution models through cloud marketplaces and pay-per-call transaction pricing offer CIOs a rich canvas to deliver innovation, agility and better security in 2017.
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