in the Cloud
While there's more talk than actual use of cloud computing in the enterprise, a Zeus Technology survey looks at the beginnings of a major shift.
It's hard enough to manage one data center successfully, but as cloud computing evolves, it appears that IT organizations will have to learn how to manage application workloads running across multiple data centers.
That's because cloud computing is essentially distributed computing on steroids. In some cases, application workloads will be running on both an internal private cloud and on public cloud computing services. This hybrid scenario will be particularly likely for an IT organization managing global operations where it's not feasible to have a data center in each part of the world.
It appears to be happening faster than most people think. A survey of 100 IT managers in the United States conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Zeus Technology, a provider of application delivery controllers, found that about 40 percent said they plan to or already have deployed an enterprise application on a private or public cloud. The vast majority also said they were worried about the performance of those applications.
Zeus Technology CEO Paul Brennan says most IT organizations don't appreciate the real challenges of trying to balance workloads across geographically distributed data centers. In many cases, the emergence of cloud computing will cause many IT organizations to rethink their entire approach to IT infrastructure. Though geographically distributed, it still needs to be centrally managed. To that end, Zeus today unveiled the Zeus Elastic Application Delivery platform, which allows mutiple application workloads to be balanced across a distributed set of application-delivery controllers.
IT organizations just can't afford to have people everywhere. And while it might be difficult to move an existing application in the cloud, next-generation enterprise applications will be built specifically to run in the cloud. And once that happens, it will be too late to try to figure out to re-architect the underlying IT infrastructure to keep pace.