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The Cloud Vendors Want You To Embrace The Third Wave Of Computing – Are You Ready?

The IT industry is experiencing the third wave of computing. The first wave was driven by the PC and x86 server revolution where inexpensive, commodity hardware started replacing the large, monolithic mainframes. The second revolution was ushered in the form of virtualization in which the virtual machine became the unit of deployment and management.

Cloud computing, both public and private, has its roots in virtualization. VMs formed the core building block of Infrastructure as a Service, the most preferred delivery models of the cloud. Amazon EC2, Azure VMs, and Google Compute Engine are the most popular IaaS offerings that are based on VMs.

The third wave of computing is evolving in the form of containers, which are getting ready to replace VMs as the fundamental units of computing. During the initial days of containerization, they were positioned as yet another type of workload that would run within a virtual machine. But the recent developments suggest that containers are maturing to a point where they can potentially replace virtual machines. This phenomenon will have a strong influence in the way IaaS is delivered to customers.

At the heart of virtualization lies the hypervisor – a software layer that was originally designed to run a variety of operating systems on the same hardware. Cloud computing providers relied on the hypervisor, not just for its ability to run multiple operating systems but to bring isolation among the tenants. Hypervisors promised programmability that led to automation, which resulted in self-service capabilities of the cloud.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.