There are a number of solution concepts that I have looked at for cloud in the past five years. All of them starting with broad sweeping technology change and a “new way to do things.”
I wonder about that. Organizations don’t like to do things differently. They have built to where they are and frankly they do not require change nor often do they like it.
Personally I like to look at the glass as neither half-full or half-empty as my son always says “its just a glass of water.” The presence of air is simply a reality regardless of the amount of water in the glass.
So based on that it is a glass of water these many solution concepts. The reality of BPaaS, IaaS, SaaS and PaaS is that they represent change. As much a new way of doing things as anything else.
That new way of doing things has a cost. Not a cost simply because it is new and new things cost more than old things. Rather than there is an added abstraction layer that in the end makes for more complexity while at the same time reducing complexity.
Cloud implementations for many organizations represent a circular argument. There are risks to implementing and moving your solution to the cloud. There are risks to staying where you are. Change is a funny thing, sometimes you choose not to change (in this case move to the cloud) while everyone around you chooses to change (move to the cloud). In effect your organization ends up stuck between the two situations in the end. You are late to the game.
The solution concept that I find most interesting today is that of cloud brokerage. I look at the overall concept as proposed by NIST and I think it’s a start. But its only a start. The concept of aggregated services presented in a unified fashion represents only a part of what the market will eventually want. Brokerage is so much more than that. I wrote a Safegov article about Cloud Brokers as the new DMZ about 6 months ago. That is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
I believe eventually brokers will represent safe havens for companies. A secure location call it a cloud locker where your company can connect to the locker and then interact with the world from this new safe location. Certainly they will be constantly attacked but the advantage of constant attacks is that your security team gets better at fending off the attacks over time.
This “cloud-broker” solution concept is quite expansive. It goes well beyond what NIST defined. It creates much of what I wrote about in my book the Syncverse (now two years ago). The concept of a cloud based solution focused on delivering secure assets to users without flooding them with security.