Where Is Cloud Computing Headed?

Recently I was invited by VMware to the vForum 2017 at Mumbai. That got me thinking about how the cloud was altering the software industry.

A quarter of a century ago when I was pursuing an undergrad degree in computer engineering, there was a particular way in which we were taught programming languages (BASIC, FORTRAN, Pascal, COBOL, and what have you). All these years later, devices have changed and we are dealing with new languages (C, Java, Javascript, …). Yet the basic approach to programming has not changed.

I think we are standing at the threshold of a paradigm shift in programming. In the highly controversial NoOps vs. DevOps debate, I stand firmly in the NoOps camp – while agreeing that this might not be an all or none game.

The first use case of Cloud computing was in abstracting physical infrastructure and data centers. That remains its primary function event today, but as technology evolves, we are moving to a nearly serverless architecture. I feel that the time is not far when advanced functionality that has been programmed into legacy systems will be available as a programming layer on the cloud. This means that in the near future, out virtual infrastructure itself will be abstracted and thus will the operational processes that are required to run that virtual infrastructure.

As a significant example, I predict that as cloud providers offer higher level services such as machine learning as a cloud layer, the usual DevOps associated with project management of a programming exercise — designing, building, scripting — will all but disappear.

This will lead to the demise of several large software service giants, but will see the emergence of cloud providers, visualizers, and abstracters. But the more exciting part of this is that we would see the emergence of new business models. And as hybrid cloud implementations (on premise, off premise) become increasingly popular, the role of the cloud administrator will become critical in the organizations of tomorrow. That will see the emergence of a new era of growth in cloud development.

I will be attending the vForum at Mumbai. So, if you are around and locate me, don’t miss coming over and saying, hi.


  1. Rahul M
    Oct 18, 2017

    I think that the real applications of cloud computing haven’t yet been discovered.

  2. R S Lamba
    Oct 21, 2017

    Edge computing is the future of cloud computing, as more and more applications turn local and time sensitivity is critical.

  3. Karthikeyan M
    Oct 22, 2017

    I think that the DevOps vs NoOps debate is misplaced.

  4. Anna Analyst
    Oct 22, 2017

    If Juniper (JNPR) could have read this post in time, maybe they would not be facing their present earning’s crisis

  5. A S
    Oct 23, 2017

    That’s right and that’s why the worldwide public cloud services market revenue is projected to reach $260.2B by 2020.

  6. Sanjay Mehta
    Oct 23, 2017

    Hey Ajeet, I am going to be at the vForum Mumbai too. Let’s make sure to catch up. Sanjay

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