AWS and Nutanix Discuss Public and Private Cloud with QTS Guests


Expert Panel Featuring Louis George, Michael Slisinger and Doug Cliche

The public cloud versus private cloud debate has dominated IT conversations for several years. With IT decision makers weighing the differences between these two cloud models, key considerations have included economics, elasticity and application needs. Last month, QTS Chicago partnered with AWS and Nutanix to host more than 50 professionals for an expert-led session weighing in on this debate, Design Your Cloud Strategy: Trends in Hybrid IT.

According to 451 Research's Customer Insight: Future-proofing your colocation business, a reported 68% of companies moved apps to the cloud last year and 41% moved apps back to traditional infrastructures, so we wanted to hear what our partners AWS and Nutanix had to say.

When asked about the roadmap for hyper-converged, Mike Slisinger, Systems Engineering Manager with Nutanix, shared, “The next big thing is the adoption of storage class memory.” Slisinger forecasts that the way we store and access data will shift in the near future. Nutanix has made several acquisitions that will enable them to pioneer new software stacks for storage-class memory systems.

When asked about the rise of autonomous cars and IoT, AWS Solutions Architect Doug Cliche, said, “It’s an interesting world. Compute resources are moving closer to the user. When you make the request to Alexa, the device is calculating the answer before you finish speaking.” It’s no surprise that apps run faster and more efficiently when the data is close by. According to NetworkWorld.com, an autonomous vehicle will generate an average of 4,000 GB of data per hour of driving. Furthermore, the average amount of data a person creates through video, chat and other personal internet activities totals roughly 650 MB.

At QTS, our customers are talking about virtual sprawl in their cloud environment and the difficulty that comes with managing multiple vendors. During this event, our expert panel discussed how to best leverage elastic versus static environments given the projection that the as a service marketplace is estimated to triple in size by 2019.

QTS Cloud Sales Specialist Louis George highlighted that enterprises take unique paths to build scalable strategies, “All customers are on a journey within IT. This journey can ultimately end up in a hybrid IT strategy that could consist of colocation, public cloud and private cloud services.”

So the question constantly on everyone’s mind is, “What will the future hold?”

Slisinger offered this: “We’re moving into application management. In the future our platform will allow you to deterministically provision into hosted and AWS resource pools.”

The debate on public and private cloud will continue, but all panelists agreed that hybrid IT is becoming the new norm. 

Learn more about QTS’ hybrid IT solutions and make plans to attend our next cloud event with AWS and Nutanix. Sign up for QTS enewsletters to find out when we’re heading to your city.