Episode 25: The Hybrid Cloud Forecast Series - Outlook: Public Cloud
In this episode, Andre talks with Andrew Hately, Chief Architect of IBM’s Public Cloud, about the past, present, and future of cloud computing. Andrew begins by sharing how his role in a position in South Africa shaped the way he approaches software engineering. He and Andre discuss why there is a hybrid cloud aspect to almost any modern application deployment.
They talk about the emergence of specialized industry clouds which address the reputational and risk concerns of industries like transportation, healthcare, government services, banking, and insurance.
Andre asks about repatriation of software that can occur due to cost, performance, or sovereignty reasons. Andrew explains how some markets require a backup plan to account for this capability. He describes how Open Source software provides a powerful safety net by enabling portability across platforms and eliminating the dependency on a single provider.
Andrew talks about the importance of understanding your data requirements. Legal jurisdictional boundaries are becoming critical, driving the need to be extremely explicit in the way you code your data boundaries.
Finally, Andre asks Andrew his predictions for public cloud. He mentions two competing pressures - lowering our carbon footprint and energy usage versus the growth of digital business. The challenge will be how to build something that is always on and always secure, while still allowing for the computationally expensive data access and sovereignty.
Art by Sam Smith.
Intro by Nathan Brophy.
Music “Happiness” by Mixaund https://mixaund.bandcamp.com/