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The cloud community faces industrial scale challenges

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No one group has all the expertise needed to create a perfect cloud environment – it needs expertise in application behaviour, data centre design, network and machine virtualisation, wide area networking and so much more. Getting this all working together calls for collaboration, says James Walker President of the CloudEthernet Forum.

With the arrival of the smartphone: a new type of thin client appeared that seemed to hold the whole world in its Internet grasp. People did not have to shift perspective and embrace the SaaS model, they just found they were already using it, and the word of this new aeon was “cloud”. The result has been a surge in cloud uptake that took even its strongest advocates by surprise.

The total worldwide market for cloud infrastructure and services is expected to grow to $206B in 2016.

The signs are everywhere, as massive new data centres are springing up in the coldest places: Dell’Oro Group predicts that within five years more than 75% of Ethernet ports will be sold into data centres, with similar predictions for compute and storage gear from Gartner and Forrester. So the total worldwide market for cloud infrastructure and services is expected to grow to $206B in 2016, and the cloud will be the hub for most business investments well into the next decade.

This means that the industry will soon be facing a much steeper sales incline – and this is just when it can least afford to slip. If the cloud fails now, it could send the whole market tumbling back down the slope.

The bad news is that the cracks in the cloud structure have already started to show. The good news is that this has been recognised in time and the industry has launched the CloudEthernet Forum which is rallying members to tackle fundamental issues and ensure a reliable, scalable and secure cloud for the coming generation.

A more detailed analysis of the challenges and suggested steps to their resolution is available in the CEF white paper The Benefits and Challenges Ahead for Cloud Operators. For the full report simply visit:http://www.cloudethernet.org/resources/download-whitepaper-request/