Local firms should take “baby steps”, such as systems design and virtualistion, on the path to adopting cloud technologies, says ViFX managing director Geoff Oliff.
He told the audience at the recent Cloud Computing Summit in Auckland that such technologies are improving as software as a service matures.
“In two to five years time, your competitors will be offering a different and substantially better economic way of delivering what we offer now,” says Oliff.
“The technologies are nothing more than pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that we as an IT community can fit to match our vision.
“Whichever way you want to interpret that phrase called cloud [computing], they are pointing to that shared model, infrastructure as a service, software as a service and on-demand computing.”
Oliff cites analyst firm Gartner’s Hype Cycle survey, released in July, saying issues such as cloud security will be a thing of the past in as little as two years.“You’ll see early adopters now, media hype and early stage venture capital. The next [Gartner] stage is the trough of disillusionment [where people find it doesn’t meet expectations] and finally mainstream adoption.”
He believes that it will only be a matter of time as to when companies adopt cloud computing.
“We also know that the end stage of a utility-based computing model is likely. That future doesn’t arrive all at once and datacentres aren’t changing instantaneously.
“Datacentre change is a series of incremental steps.”
Oliff says he has had first hand experience of virtualisation technology not living up to expectations.
“There are lot of people making claims around the technology [virtualisation] that are not necessarily born out in experience. The classic example from my time is a bank that started a major virtualisation project.
“The CIO sold it to the board on the basis of massive cost savings.” The project was meant to regain mission critical systems inside 30 minutes, says Oliff.