Future of Multi-Cloud using CLOAKS

Its Pongal 2018! Feels good after trying out Veshti… That too the non-Velcro type. Getting to get a few trees planted was a bonus. Sadly both these ventures are in their infancy and took my thoughts back to the IT world in terms of the Multi-Cloud pitch which is now slowly showing signs of maturing into a practical architecture.

I’ve always prophesied that the future of cloud is Peer to Peer Multi-Cloud and has always been an aspiration ever since the ‘cloud’ got popularized. The first use-case that came to my mind was the capability to port application/services across different service providers, geographies and partners. However IMO we should looks at more parameters to truly evaluate how things ave been changing and what does the future hold for us! Here is an CLOAKS based attempt:

  1. Competition
    • Number of vendors that support the architecture exact same stack
  2. Location
    • Number of locations the Infrastructure Architecture can accommodate for the provided Applications
  3. Openness
    • The Level of Openness in the individual specifications
  4. Applications
    • Readiness of Applications to make full use of the Multi-Cloud Architecture
  5. Kinematics
    • Appreciation of the heavy duty impact of the CAP implications in Application Design considering the multi-cloud scenario
  6. Security
    • Maturity of Security of in-scope workloads for both data at rest, in motion, in compute, identity, policy and control of data leak.

Its been at least 5 years but maturity across all these capabilities has not been truly demonstrated even close to my expectations. However there is good news as we are seeing things changing in the right direction and I believe it would be interesting to look at these evolving in different ages as below:

Age 1) Service Provider defined

This is something that became practical with AWS and Azure IaaS workloads providing network peering with on-premise workloads. Further multi-Region Networking is provided to handle movement of workloads within the same provider 😉

Age 2) Platform Vendor Defined

We are currently in this age with Vendors provided solutions that let enterprises scale their applications between their on-premise data-center and the cloud. the VMware Cloud solutions for AWS and Bluemix are a step in the right direction but still restricted to and supported between the same Platform only. There is still a lot to happen in this space this year and only time will tell what other vendors have in store!

Age 3) Community Defined

This I believe is the future and will be built by communities of like minded technocrats and disrupted by some new player who will force the cloud biggies to shut down the walls that they have built to discourage inter-operability between vendors and clouds.

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