Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 43 - Page 28

EDITOR’S QUESTION ANDREW BRINDED, VICE PRESIDENT AND SALES CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AT NUTANIX Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Multi-cloud deployment is becoming a hugely popular IT strategy all around the world for reasons to do with flexibility, risk management and maturity. In its best form, it offers a smorgasbord of cloud computing assets from applications to infrastructure in a unified architecture with excellent manageability from one console. You need to think back to understand why multi-cloud is so attractive. Ten or 15 years ago, you might have heard people profess ‘there’s no way I’m risking security by putting my data in the cloud’. Later, they got religion and you heard people say: ‘from now on, everything is going in the public cloud’. What we see now is an adjustment to a more centrist position: people want certain IT platforms to match certain use cases. That means if you have very important intellectual property or highly sensitive data, you might well want to keep that behind your firewall in a private cloud with very strict policies and protections. For processes that don’t differentiate you from your competitors, the public cloud works very well. So, what we see today is, in short, everything. Most companies still have some on-premises IT, most have some sort of public cloud investment and most have an element of private cloud. They will use SaaS, IaaS and PaaS where they make sense and they are increasingly seeking ways to make all of the underlying services more easily manageable and secure. Again, if you study the history of IT this should come as no surprise. Trends and technologies emerge, but that’s rarely the signal to get rid of everything that you have. Thirty years ago, pundits were saying the mainframe is a dinosaur that would disappear because of client/server architecture, but the mainframe is still here. So, what we see is a hybrid approach where multiple cloud platforms are deployed but companies also maintain some IT on premises and often in the facilities of colocation providers and outsourcers. It’s therefore incumbent on companies like Nutanix to support all those models. Having a variegated approach where different categories of IT service run on different platforms makes tactical sense. It also means that CIOs avoid locking themselves in to certain vendors and platforms, giving them maximum bargaining power and adaptability. In short, it provides that most prized of modern business qualities – agility. I’m tempted to argue that if the Rolling Stones were to re-record ‘Get Off My Cloud’ for the current IT generation, they might have to call it something like ‘Get off my cloud, stay on it, choose another cloud or, even better, enjoy a combination of approaches…’ “ WHAT WE SEE NOW IS AN ADJUSTMENT TO A MORE CENTRIST POSITION: PEOPLE WANT CERTAIN IT PLATFORMS TO MATCH CERTAIN USE CASES. 28 INTELLIGENTCIO