Why Reliability Is The Buzz Word For Cloud In 2014

Why Reliability Is The Buzz Word For Cloud In 2014

Why Reliability Is The Buzz Word For Cloud In 2014

Any discussion of cloud adoption primarily boils down to two important concerns – data security and cloud reliability. A study conducted by Tata Consultancy Services sometime back revealed some interesting insights – while customers in Europe and Asia-Pacific saw data security as the most important parameter while picking a cloud vendor, their counterparts in the US and Latin America wanted reliability more than security. It is very likely that this scenario may have changed quite drastically over the past year after the NSA revelations.

While concerns about data security have definitely made businesses jittery about migrating to the cloud, it is reliability where the concerns just wouldn’t go away. With respect to security, it is relatively easier for a cloud vendor to showcase their infrastructural capabilities – has your provider deployed the necessary standards to make data hack-proof and tamper-proof? Are proper firewalls and intrusion detection mechanisms in place? If the answer to these questions is a ‘yes’, then you could be rest assured that your data is safe and secure in the servers of your cloud provider.

cloud-up

The same however cannot be said of reliability. Can your vendor promise a 100% or even 99.5% uptime guarantee for the next year? Are you absolutely sure your services would not go down tomorrow? Contracts often tie downtimes with financial compensation. So while you may get monetary credits for unforeseen downtimes, none of this will ensure your customers shall be able to access your service with 100% reliability. Cloud technology will continue to face questions till these concerns are put to rest.

This is exactly why I believe 2014 could be the year of cloud reliability. We are already seeing signs for this happening. Late last year, IBM unveiled the wraps on their ‘cloud of clouds’ toolkit based service called InterCloud Storage that could go a long way in ensuring service reliability. Put simply, InterCloud Storage makes it possible for customers to store their data in a multi-vendor setup so that their data can be made available from an alternate server even if their primary vendor is facing a downtime. In essence, IBM’s patent pending technology makes the vendor’s performance-guarantee independent of their server availability. With this, a 100% uptime assurance could actually be a reality!

Another interesting process is being built by Microsoft. A recent patent application from the company has revealed their work on a new performance-based pricing system for cloud. Today, customers pay for cloud services without any assurance of how reliable the network could be. Consequently, customers pay the same price for an hour of service regardless of how much downtime their services could face in that period. Microsoft’s technology makes it possible for vendors to charge customers based on performance metrics like uptime, I/O rate, etc. instead of merely paying for the duration of consumption.

The technologies announced by IBM and Microsoft could go a long way in securing the future of the cloud. Cloud is already seeing terrific growth rates in industries that have traditionally served on-premise solutions. According to Mary Ellen Power, the Vice President of Marketing at Silanis; a company that offers electronic signature technology to the US Army among other organizations, the cloud based solutions in their sector are seeing a 50% annual growth rate of late.

For such businesses that serve solutions to customers in regulated industries (banking, insurance, military, etc.), reliability and security are of utmost importance. Technologies like InterCloud and performance based pricing would ensure the reliability of their solutions. In turn, this is likely to help in furthering the proliferation of cloud through the next few years. What are your thoughts?

By Anand Srinivasan,

Anand is a writer and technology consultant based out of Bangalore, India. He may be reached at anand.srinivasan@gorumors.com

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+Share

One Response to Why Reliability Is The Buzz Word For Cloud In 2014

  1. What is the main source of cloud’s lack of reliability?

    – hardware failures? (if so where? SSD, Asics, FPGA, power supplies, cooling systems)
    – software bugs? 
    – human factor? (human intervention like regular maintenance gone wrong)
    – other?

    Aren’t there specific redundancies and procedures in place to prevent this?

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues Nowadays, many companies are changing their overall information technology strategies to embrace cloud computing in order to open up business opportunities.  There are numerous definitions of cloud computing. Simply speaking, the term “cloud computing” comes from network diagrams in which cloud shapes are  used to describe certain types of networks. All

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Many people have heard of cloud computing. There is however a tremendous number of people who still cannot differentiate between Public, Private & Hybrid cloud offerings.  Here is an excellent infographic provided by the group at iWeb which goes into greater detail on this subject. Infographic source: iWeb About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009,

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate long term with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

Please review the guidelines before applying.

Whitepapers

Top Research Assets

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

Explore how cloud computing is a solution to the problems facing data centers today and highlights the cutting-edge technology (including OpenStack cloud computing) that HP is bringing to the current stage. If you are a CTO, data center administrator, systems architect, or an IT professional looking for an enterprise-grade, hybrid delivery cloud computing solution that’s open,

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security Cloud applications are a priority for every business – the technology is flexible, easy-to-use, and offers compelling economic benefits to the enterprise. The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving

Hewlett-Packard Company On-Demand Webinar

Hewlett-Packard Company On-Demand Webinar

Shifting Workloads and the Server Evolution Learn more about the latest industry trends and the challenges customers are talking about. Every ten to fifteen years, the types of workloads servers host swiftly shift. This happened with the first single-mission mainframes and today, as disruptive technologies appear in the form of big data, cloud, mobility and