Happy New Year, dear readers!
This year, like last year, to take the lead in workstyle reform, I will take five days of paid vacation for the New Year holidays, and after 17 consecutive vacation, I will start working from January 14. That said, I'm writing this blog entry during my vacation.
Last year, I was mainly engaged in activities that supported virtualization integration based on HCI as well as lectures on hybrid and multi-clouds, but as a new challenge, I obtained “THE TEAM” Master certification and worked on team reformation within the Integration Unit. I also hosted my Gikon-juku in an effort to educate younger engineers. Even outside of Fujitsu, I have given lectures to students and participated in product and service planning workshop at Seijo University as a product-expert engineer, and as of this year, I will have been doing that for four years. I also participated in a Lightning Talk at the Virtual Infrastructure Meeting for the VMware User Group (VMUG). All in all, 2019 was a fulfilling year. I want to continue challenging myself with something new this year, so I would like to "be on the lookout for exciting and fun things."
Well, this year, I started with a two-year shrine visit and went to the annual Elephant Kashimashi New Year’s concert. They’re in the same age range as me and they gave a powerful and touching performance that I found enthralling. This changed my attitude and made me feel like “I have to keep up with them; I have to keep working hard.” Following their example, I would like to kindle the flame of passion in the hearts of those involved in IT and show them the path to the future to provide an IT infrastructure that supports enriching and delightful products and services.
So, come on, everybody! Let's continue to make another big splash this year!
Were Hybrid Clouds Widely Used in 2019?
In my first blog post of last year, entitled “No. 14 Will "Hybrid Clouds" Be Widely Used in 2019?”, I have expressed my view that hybrid clouds would be in wide use for backup/disaster-recovery applications as well as among the customers who were starting new businesses using the cloud.
Let’s take a look back and see what actually happened.
With the world that VMware presented last year, major cloud service providers deployed services based on the VMware Cloud Foundation, making the VMware platform available everywhere, and achieving a world in which virtual machines come and go freely regardless of location. We no longer even have to think separately about the world of IT infrastructure using the term "hybrid cloud".
However, as you look around, the truth of the matter is that there are still few people who have taken the plunge to receive the benefits of this world.
What Acts as an Obstacle for Hybrid Clouds and What Are the Essential Challenges of Not Entrusting IT to the Cloud?
I believe that many of you have heard the phrase "Lift & Shift" as an expression in the process of migrating to the hybrid cloud.
Migrating from on-premise to the cloud can be time-consuming and costly, so the message of “Lift & Shift” has us first “lift” applications in the current state from an on-premise VMware environment to a cloud-based VMware environment and then take the time to “shift” the applications to a cloud-native environment.
At first glance, this may seem reasonable, but when comparing the pros and cons of not owning IT infrastructure to the pros and cons of owning IT infrastructure, many customers have been concerned that there is still considerable risk in not owning their IT infrastructure, so they chose to own their IT infrastructure. This is because the business system was designed based on the premise of operating and managing the IT infrastructure on its own. If we “lift ” the system to the cloud as it is and let go of IT infrastructure operations, the decision to go ahead with the hardware spec changes, patches, and so on, and give up the go-sign for production would be out of our hands, and the risk of ensuring stable operations would be too great.
As expected, in moving to the cloud, they noticed that they couldn’t meet their operational requirements unless they shifted their business systems using a cloud-native design.
For this reason, many customers are adopting HCI and automation and efficiency middleware to thoroughly implement of "cloud-like on-premise system" in order to keep costs and operations of their on-premise IT infrastructure competitive with the cloud.
IT Initiatives in 2020
Five years from now, we will encounter the “IT System ‘2025 Digital Cliff’” that has been indicated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
The year in which we start to work on the foundation for DX while thoroughly reviewing existing systems to improve efficiency has begun.
The essence of DX is companies taking advantage of digital technologies to go deeply into the reformation of their businesses (transformation).
Digitizing the analog (manual labor) is only an improvement, not transformation.
To make the most of digital technology, management and employees will change their mindset and go deeply into a reformation of their business processes and supply chains, or companies will continue to thoroughly streamline their conventional businesses, find new businesses, and they need to then build it using the DX methods.
Containers/Kubernetes are attracting attention as DX platforms that explore new sources of business by leveraging data. Now that IT is at an advanced stage of development, there is a golden opportunity to generate services that will create a world that is rich and brimming with happiness. And the world await your challenges. Both Fujitsu and I will do our best to support such customers.
I look forward to working with you again this year.