There is no Future in On-Premise IT?

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As stated by J.Peter Bruzzese in an article he wrote in 2014 (see link at end of page )

John Power has some strong thoughts in relation to this article.

The key to this article really is the Microsoft focus in it, as it is an incredibly simplistic view of the world.

As ever, the only platform is Microsoft which is inherently not true as most large organizations have a large mixture of new and older technologies and the trends are also moving away from Microsoft with the open source movement.

Big Switch

The article references ‘The Big Switch’ which talks about how ‘Electricity went from an item on which a business focussed half its time, attention and labour to a simple utility it plugged into and paid for’.

The author forgot Micro Grids - where organizations who need guaranteed supply maintain generation capacity on site, and are now looking at how they can sell excess capacity back into the electrical grid.

Cloud manoeuvres

It’s also a little rich coming from a proponent of Microsoft to talk about moving to Cloud given that it was Microsoft that played down the original Cloud which was a centralized IT framework with a large, well-resourced server that was shared between thousands of users…..a mainframe. What is the Cloud or Azure if not a large, well resourced set of hardware running multiple images for multiple users?

From a technical perspective, moving applications to the cloud is not simple. Even if one takes the relatively simple task (Microsoft would say) of moving an on premise Microsoft application to the Cloud.

There is a notion that Microsoft have simply provided a button to run the application in the cloud. Ultimately whether it’s Microsoft or anything else, as soon as an application is deployed and running, it is legacy, and moving legacy applications to the cloud regardless of the platform they are running on is not easy and never straightforward.

The platform discussion aside, the notion that on-premise IT will disappear, even for Microsoft is pure nonsense. There are very good reasons to use the Cloud and there are also very good reasons not to use Cloud. This all depends on the applications, the data it is dealing with, governance requirements for that data etc.

Back to the Future

Ultimately we are moving to a hybrid of Cloud and on-premise IT with the application and its data being located based on the nature of the application.

We are likely in the future to see on-premise Clouds running applications but then that’s simply just a newer form of the centralized mainframe technologies we ran with in the past!

This piece was written in relation to the article: There's no future in on-premises IT -- it's time to move to the cloud