I'm beginning to think that we've entered the age of BaaS1, particularly (but far from exclusively) in the IT arena.
1:Bullshit as a Service
There's no arguing that the cloud has changed the way we think about deploying our applications and workloads. It served to normalize consumption-based pricing and gave birth to a slew of as-a-service platforms from legacy vendors desperately trying to keep up with changing customer appetites. Over the past few years, …
With these XaaS gigs, we are seeing increasing amounts of subscription hardware. You "own" it, it's in a rack either in your data centre, or in somebody else's. But the features it has are either subscription-only, or the "perpetual" "license" is only valid for the first purchaser.
So the old option of buying yesterday's Dell 1U servers and stacking them up will no longer work. Not only will the cost of using them be prohibitive (those subscription fees) but if the manufacturer ends support - the kit will stop working or at least, will only work in unsubscribed mode.
So the only option for compute will be to lease the boxes, or lease the capacity. No ownership for you!
> There's a lot of opportunity to be had if you can extract useful insights from the mountain of data your enterprise has been stockpiling.
Cloud makes the maintenance costs for the retention of that mountain very explicit. I can see many cloud first companies getting very strict about the volume of data they retain. Also as much of that data will be in someone else’s application, slicing and dicing it in new ways will also carry a cost. Thus we can expect businesses to become less innovative as they restrict themselves to the simple and cloud provider provided data analytics…