Virtualization of existing technologies is an evolutionary step in the development of cloud designs. The cloud is supposed to be an architecture that delivers applications and data in a reliable and fault-tolerant manner. The benefits that we want to derive are not new. We are just applying them to a different business model. We created the cloud to deliver applications and data anytime, anywhere, and to any device. We need to reconfigure existing processes and technologies to support the evolving cloud architecture.
After all the meetings have finished, the jamon has been eaten, Rioja has been drunk and all the world’s Mobile Carriers have returned from Barcelona, what have we learned? And does it fit with what we expected? As predicted, Mark Zuckerberg chided the industry for focusing too much on IoT connections (who would not open new Facebook accounts), but he also spoke about spending more to connect to people in the developing world (who would open new Facebook accounts).
Once again another year has started and the Mobile industry will descend upon Barcelona to discuss the latest trends. There will be the obligatory talks about over-the-top applications. Tech personalities like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will discuss how all people on the planet need a fast mobile Internet. The Tier 1 Carriers will all discuss their plans for 5G. I do, however, expect to see some new themes this year that will add new dimensions to this yearly event.
This holiday season, I purchased most of my gifts online. The process was easy and informative every step of the way. From browsing the items and pictures on the various websites to checking out and tracking the shipments, everything was automated and coordinated. I had to do little but sit and relax with all the time that I would have spent driving from store to store and fighting the holiday crowds.
Every year, I go to my doctor for my annual physical. My doctor goes through a standard series of procedures every time. He asks me questions about my diet and my general physical well-being. He puts his cold stethoscope to my chest and listens to my heart and breathing. He checks my blood pressure and heart rate. His lab technician takes samples of blood for tests to collect information related to organs like my liver and pancreas. He may even request tests depending on what he has learned during the exam. Later, my doctor follows up to discuss the results.
In enterprise environments it is common for an application to be hosted by a pool of servers, either physical or virtual. Over time these applications also go through a lifecycle that consists of security patches, maintenance, upgrades to update capabilities, and changes to keep up with trends such as virtualization, consolidation and deployment in a hybrid cloud environment. For scalability, additional servers may also be deployed.