Prepping for HCTS – Q&A with Research Vice President William Fellows

All around the world, we are certainly enjoying the hot July weather. Before we know it, however, September and the first hints of fall will be here. September also means the 451 Research team will be off to Las Vegas for our 14th annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS). The analysts are eager to discuss the hosting, cloud, datacenter and managed services sectors with our attendees and other experts, including Research Vice President William “Wif” Fellows.

Last year, he discussed the future of cloud infrastructure and the impact of containers, microservices, converged infrastructure, orchestration and more on a panel. In this Q&A, Wif reflects on HCTS 2017 and discusses his upcoming session in September.

Q: What did you discuss last year?

A: At HCTS 2017, our panel concluded that because of innovations like containers, microservices, converged infrastructure and orchestration, infrastructure is becoming increasingly software-defined, composable and converged. This trend benefits technology consumers that expect to access, assemble and pay for digital services in a simple, seamless and automated manner without requiring any specific knowledge of the underlying physical infrastructure. ‘Invisible Infrastructure,’ as it has been termed, must be instantly available, operate and scale regardless of specific requirements, and be billed and metered in a manner the customer prescribes. It just works. 

Q: What was your biggest take away from last year’s HCTS?

A: The importance and practicality of Invisible Infrastructure. While it works, it does not mean physical infrastructure is any less important. In fact, the paradox is that the more important the role infrastructure plays in our lives, the more important it becomes to shield users from having to directly interact with, or even consider, it.

It is important to remember that amid all the disruption, there lies great opportunity for service providers which can raise their software IQs and add value beyond the infrastructure as a result. Though, removing complexity and risk is an ongoing challenge.

Q: What will you be discussing in this session?

A: My session discusses how we will live in a multi-cloud, hybrid architecture world. As with any other best-of-breed approaches, managing and orchestrating across these platforms can become a nightmare for both enterprises and service providers. In the session, I will specifically discuss:
·         Approaches to creating a unified orchestration layer
·         Practicalities of effective cost management given the complexity of cloud pricing
·         Opportunities for providing simple, yet robust visibility for end users and enterprises      

Q: Why should HCTS attendees find this session valuable/what can they hope to gain?

A: Going forward there will be less building and more buying of cloud services. Cloud consumption overtakes cloud building as the primary driver of IT spending. We call it the Era of Consumption. There is a massive land grab underway as industries convert to cloud. The more effective a supplier is in supporting the transformation journey the more right it will have to play in the ongoing management and optimization which is where the majority of the opportunity is going forward. Attendees will gain an understanding of what they need to do to earn this right.

Q: Why are you excited to attend this year’s HCTS?

A: Today, 60% of enterprises surveyed for 451 Research’s Digital Pulse say the majority of IT resides on-premise. In two years the balance swings dramatically to off-premises. Moreover, cloud services will dominate the market. It’s a time of great disruption and opportunity for service providers and it will be great to see these conversations play out.

HCTS 2018 will be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, September 24-26. We will be sharing Q&As with our analysts presenting at HCTS between now and September. Don’t miss your chance to join the discussion by registering today for HCTS.
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