According to Dell, the evolution of the cloud has dominated the conversations of the IT sector for over a decade. Now, combining the rapid explosion of data and the increasingly decentralized nature of computing, the cloud has become the focal point for service creators hoping to achieve the new digital results they want.
If working through the Covid-19 pandemic has taught the IT sector something, it is that the organizations that embraced digital transformation have been more resilient. They have maintained greater business continuity and overall have achieved better results in case of interruptions than those identified as digital delayrs.
What remains true for both leaders and retarders is that the cloud is, and will continue to be, central to digital transformation, especially because most business data moves from traditional data to the edge. So as we evolve into our increasingly clouded and distributed world, we take a look at five observations to help inform your organization’s cloud strategy.
According to Matt Baker, senior vice president, Dell EMC strategy and planning, the company’s mantra is that the cloud is an operational model, not a destination. Regardless of location, resource ownership or business strategy, cloud operating models are applicable everywhere and need to extend to position technology anywhere.
In fact, continues Baker, we are seeing traditional hyperscale public cloud providers recognize that the cloud is not a destination. Dell Technologies has been custom-made multi-cloud solutions for years, such as Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, to serve customers in a private cloud, an on-prem market that will grow by 57% by 2024.
Hyperscalable data centers have created hundreds of locations with many thousands of systems. However, the trend is changing, even on the push of the edge computing, where hundreds of systems will come in millions of positions.
Combining this new processing environment with the accelerated use of containers and microservices, the future of the hybrid cloud better positions IT developers and operators to manage, protect and distribute their data when, where, and how they want.
The future will operate in real time and latency is an enemy of real time. Advanced inference systems must operate with such a reduced latency that we are talking about picoseconds and nanoseconds.
Neighborhood is crucial to managing digital experiences in real time. Today, Baker points out, we already see examples of this in caseless retail activity, where real-time automation in the store is very advanced. Real-time promotions sent to customers’ smartphones, IoT sensors for the prevention of theft: everything is processed in real time all the time. According to Dell’s manager, it is easy to imagine the experiences that are coming in entertainment, transport, production. This too will require great processing power and
Baker said we are in the middle of the biggest change in the architecture of applications over the past decades. According to IDC, 90% of new business applications will be provided through native cloud solutions by 2022. By 2024, 500 million new applications will be implemented with native cloud technologies. To achieve the digital future, we will need huge amounts of software.
Consequently, we must promote an exponential increase in the productivity of developers. In Dell Technologies, Baker continues, which we are addressing to VMware Tanzu to promote developer productivity and to accelerate the pace of application innovation. The results were remarkable.
For example,Dell Digital has implemented 7,500 microservices running in six data centers, providing uninterrupted availability.
The infrastructure incorporates VMware vSphere, 71,000 containers of Tanzu VMware applications and 28,000 Kubernetes pod.
This has enabled developers to create microservices by providing cloud services, containers and virtual machines themselves.
With just a few clicks, developers provide resources, select cloud capabilities on demand, or move applications between public and local clouds without porting. These automated and orchestrated features have reduced development time from six months to a few weeks or less.
The distributed future, from the edge to the core to the cloud, has enormous potential. But to get it, Baker concludes, we need to harmonise our operating environments through the clouds. The Dell Technologies and VMware Tanzu cloud platform allows consistent operations between locations and customers ready for this evolving world; shift attention from system scalability within data centers to scalability to tens of thousands of locations with a single company This new challenge will be a journey that Dell undoubtedly wants to participate as a protagonist.