Immedion's CTO Talks Current State of the Cloud - Part Two
We recently sat down with Immedion’s Vice President and CTO, Brad Alexander, to discuss the current state of the cloud and some of the most popular cloud trends. In the final piece of our two-part blog series, we’ll uncover two more cloud trends and learn what’s on the horizon for the Immedion cloud.
Trend 3: Edge Computing - The adoption of edge computing is fast-growing. What is it and how is Immedion positioned for the edge trend?
As businesses now require near-instant access to data, edge computing brings the data closer to where the services are being consumed. Basically, edge is using the most efficient route to get data from Point A to Point B faster and at a lower cost.
Immedion has positioned its data center in markets where other providers cannot provide the reach with low latency and high-speed connectivity. Since we build, own and operate full physical data center infrastructure, delivering edge-based cloud services out of these markets fits well into our boutique model for cloud services. By utilizing Immedion’s managed services portfolio, (including backup, disaster recovery and advanced security,) and our robust data center interconnectivity, customers can attain seamless connectivity between not only Immedion facilities, but also major internet and public cloud exchanges.
Trend 4: Open Source - An increasing number of organizations are integrating open source into their IT operations or even building entire businesses around it. Can you talk about this trend and what makes it thrive in a cloud environment?
Open source has revolutionized how we look at and consume data across the board. It allows companies, especially those that traditionally would not have had the financial means to grow and innovate, the opportunity to continue the path to innovation. The movement has enabled communities to find new ways to solve industry problems by developing and producing software in a collaborative way. This community breeds advancement -- couple that with the elasticity and dynamic nature of cloud services, and the possibilities are endless.
Finally, let’s talk cloud specifics for Immedion. How has Immedion’s cloud transformed over the years?
We entered into the cloud market about 10 years ago with a very simplistic Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering. We started to see a driver for Platform as a Service (Paas) and many companies beginning to get into Software as a Service (SaaS). From there, we added visibility and self-service functionality for our customers. We integrated elastic billing and an on-demand usage model so that customers could pay only for what they consume. During the next phase, we began to add integration with our other products and services so that customers could use our cloud to solve business problems. Throughout the latest phase of our cloud, we’ve taken solving business problems a step further with the additions of managed backup and disaster recovery, heavy security integrations up and down the stack and an enhanced management platform.
What’s in store next for the Immedion cloud?
We want to go beyond just solving business problems -- we want to solve them in the best way possible, so we’re working on a way to help our customers achieve the optimal placement and stack to run their business and their applications. You can also expect to see more security integrations, increased visibility and control, and multi-cloud management and connectivity on the horizon.