Episode 26: The Hybrid Cloud Forecast Series – Outlook: Infrastructure-as-a-Service
In this episode of the Hybrid Cloud Forecast series, Andre talks with Ajay Apte, IBM Fellow, IBM Public Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Ajay describes the kinds of work that occur behind the scenes to design and build data centers, before you can even provision a VM. Sustainability is becoming a common theme in these podcasts, and Ajay shares that Fortune 500 CEOs are putting sustainability as one of their top three initiatives. Energy consumption is a major driver and he talks about the need to tune power consumption to ensure data centers stay energy efficient. He tells us that customers are more energy conscious than ever, wanting to measure energy consumption not only at the infrastructure level, but now also at the workload level and even at the application level.
He shares that for IAAS, abstraction and standarization is not as important as it is in the software stack. Most Cloud providers are not focusing on standardization. Rather, their efforts are spent on highly optimizing their stack for a standard set of hardware in terms of scale, performance, resiliency, and security.
Finally, Ajay talks about the vast amount of data that is being accumulated and the work to gather meaningful insights for both the Cloud provider and the Cloud consumers. Another interesting space he works on is figuring out how to push more software functionality into hardware.
Art by Sam Smith.
Intro by Nathan Brophy.
Music “Happiness” by Mixaund https://mixaund.bandcamp.com/