Takeaways from Google Cloud Next: Enterprises’ Cloud Journey Continues

Last week, I attended Google Cloud Next up in the heart of San Francisco. It was an incredible 3-day event featuring all things Cloud, Kubernetes, AI, ML and new technologies.

We had a great booth at the show, and our resident Serverless expert and the creator of Fission, Soam Vasani, also gave a talk about patterns for Serverless functions composition.

Platform9’s engineering talent, along with our CEO, also attended the show to learn about the latest trends in Cloud, share best practices, and connect with the community, and our customers.

We had great conversations with folks leading IT for large enterprises about their challenges with multi-cloud and hybrid cloud management, Kubernetes, and even Serverless on-prem, and how to take advantage of new technologies in the complex reality of large-scale, enterprise Operations. It was thrilling to see the line forming at our booth at the show, with attendees lining up to see a demo of our SaaS-managed hybrid cloud platform, allowing them to consistently manage VMs, Kubernetes, and Serverless on ANY infrastructure- on prem and in the public cloud.

While at the show, we had the opportunity to survey nearly 1,000 attendees about their cloud usage, containers usage, and datacenter utilization.

Let’s dive into what we found, shall we?

Who was at the show?

The Cloud Next attendees skewed heavily towards the DevOps and Technical side, nearly 60% of participants identifying as DevOps or IT / Virtualization specialists. Clearly, the conference provided a great opportunity to learn about cutting edge technology and techniques, appealing to IT practitioners.

Enterprise Cloud Environments: Public and Private Datacenters

Not surprisingly for a cloud conference, attendees reported that more than 54% of their infrastructure runs in the public cloud. That leaves 46%(!) running on-prem/private cloud.

Interesting, that even at a Google event, where most attendees are sold on GCP, almost 1 in 2 servers is running elsewhere.

To me, that brought home the fact that enterprise IT is Hybrid IT.

Hybrid environments have become the norm in Enterprise IT. Along with the growing use of the public cloud, use of on-premises datacenters remain high – with more than 50% of respondents having more than 200 physical servers, and over 25% supporting more than 1,000 servers.

The Evolution of Cloud Infrastructure: Expanding Investment in Public Cloud and Kubernetes first, followed by On-prem Datacenters

As you may expect from Google Cloud users, we see many keen to extend their adoption of public cloud and Kubernetes in the next year- with more than 75% of attendees predicting growth in their cloud and Kubernetes workloads.

Interesting to note, that expanding investment in on-prem datacenters are the 2nd most popular growth area for most organizations: with more than 40% of attendees reporting expansion of private and colo infrastructure as well. Another testament to the hybrid state of affairs that IT Ops operate in.

Top IT Concerns: Cost, Cost, Cost

Across the board, cost remains the #1 concern for IT leaders, with almost 40% of attendees reporting the high cost of public cloud specifically as a major pain point.

Just behind the cost of public cloud was the lack of cloud automation/developer infrastructure access (37%) and slow adoption of modern technologies (35%).

Accelerating Your Enterprise Cloud Journey

As we saw at the event, Google focuses on enabling large enterprises to do more in the cloud. With the announcement of the beta version of GKE on-prem – which would only be released in a couple of years – and Knative, Google recognizes that enterprises operate in a hybrid, multi-cloud state and that they need to be able to take advantage of Kubernetes and Serverless for on-prem datacenters as well. Kubernetes is notoriously difficult to run at scale, on-prem (not unlike OpenStack for VMs and private clouds), and in most cases organizations who wish to use Serverless would need to standardize on the public cloud- such as Google Cloud Functions or AWS Lambda, occurring additional costs and having to design the app to integrate with all the related services provided by the cloud vendor, which means the app is not portable to other environments.

Platform9 was always on a mission to enable enterprises to easily adopt the latest cloud technologies and be able to modernize their applications and infrastructure, without breaking the bank or sacrificing developers’ experience or automated operations.

Our SaaS-managed hybrid cloud platform seamlessly integrates with any infrastructure you may have, creating a unified cloud experience accessible in a single pane of glass. This allows enterprises to be cloud agnostic so you can consistently run VMs, Kubernetes, and Serverless on any infrastructure- be it on private or public clouds. As we’ve seen, large enterprise today need to support both.

We build on the open source (OSS) cloud standards – Kubernetes and OpenStack – delivered as a SaaS-managed service, so you avoid vendor lock-in and benefit from OSS cost savings and continued innovation, without the burden and management overhead to keep these running on your diverse infrastructure. Try the Sandbox to experience our hybrid cloud for yourself!

In addition, Fission – our Serverless open source offering – was always running natively on Kubernetes (before Knative!) so that you can adopt Serverless for on-prem as well as use it on any public cloud- with apps that are portable to any environment with no need for re-architecting. Try Fission today!

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