days
1
9
hours
0
5
minutes
3
9
seconds
4
4
search
Cloud computing interview series: Meet Vince Arneja, Chief Product Officer at 5nine

A tour of cloud computing: “The Fn project is one technology to watch out for as it has great potential”

Gabriela Motroc
cloud computing
© Shutterstock / Timashov Sergiy

Cloud computing is worth exploring; this is what we think but of course, we’re no experts. Therefore, we decided to invite 12 experts to weigh in on the present and future of cloud computing. Our next guest is Vince Arneja, Chief Product Officer at 5nine.

Cloud computing is worth exploring

In last year’s JAXenter Technology Trends Survey, we asked readers about their interest in different technologies and, according to the results, the cloud was a very relevant topic for developers. As you can see in the figure below, cloud computing was the runner-up in the “General IT topics” section, after software architecture.

JAXenter Technology Trends Survey 2017: Results

If you want to read more about respondents’ favorite and least favorite cloud platforms, have a look at the results. Sure, cloud computing was already very popular but these results put things into perspective for us; in 2017, respondents were more interested in cloud computing than in microservices, DevOps, machine learning, blockchain and the list goes on. That may or may not still be the case, but these results opened our appetite for everything cloud-related.

Despite cloud computing’s popularity, there are still a lot of unknowns, misunderstandings and gaps. For example, earlier this year, we learned from Sumo Logic’s 2018 Global Security Trends in the Cloud report that almost half of their respondents reported that current tools do not work in the cloud. Furthermore, a whopping 97% out of the 300+ respondents felt that they lacked the tools for proper cloud security. Read more about the report here.

The bottom line is that cloud computing is worth exploring and the benefits definitely outweigh the risks. This is what we think but of course, we’re no experts. Therefore, we decided to invite 12 experts to weigh in on the present and future of cloud computing.

A tour of cloud computing will be published twice a week. 

Here are the interviews published so far

  • Abby Kearns: “It’s very important for technology to be cloud-compatible, if not cloud-native”
  • Oleg Chunikhin & Terry Shea“Serverless is another step towards improving productivity, especially in DevOps and operations”
  • Peter Meulbroek“Cloud-neutral adds a large amount of complexity and risk to a migration, without really solving the issue”
  • Ross Kukulinski“Observability is an essential component when successfully operating software in the cloud”
  • Carlos Sanchez“A seamless multi-cloud experience is currently practically impossible”
  • Ben Newton“Kubernetes is crucial for widespread multi-cloud adoption”
  • Shiven Ramji“The next step is to make integrations between cloud services as easy as possible”
  • Brian Johnson“Cloud-based infrastructure by itself doesn’t deliver huge benefits”

Our next guest is Vince Arneja, Chief Product Officer at 5nine.

 

JAXenter: What benefits does a cloud-based infrastructure bring? What are the drawbacks?

Vince Arneja: There are many ways, from implementing Encryption for Data-at-REST, using SSL end to end to ensure communications between the client and the cloud.  There are also many cloud security product offerings that allow for protection at various layers of your cloud infrastructure.

JAXenter: Has GDPR affected the way you or your organization does things? 

Vince Arneja: Yes – GDPR has required us to be more stringent with data that we collect from inbound parties and also how we store that data with encryption enabled.  In addition, GDPR has implicitly required us to be more process-oriented with the decisions we make about web forms and other public-facing information.

Kubernetes has prevailed as an orchestration platform over Docker Swarm because Swarm was never built for enterprise scale

JAXenter: What benefits does a cloud-based infrastructure bring? What are the drawbacks?

Vince Arneja: A cloud-based infrastructure provides a lot of benefits including agility, cost savings, and reliability. Drawbacks include:

  • downtime,
  • vendor lock-in,
  • limited control and
  • potentially security.

JAXenter: What is your favorite cloud-based tool, service, or platform to use and why?

Vince Arneja: IFTTT – If you loved geometry like myself, that’s why I love IFTTT (if this then that), which uses conditional statements to sync your favorite online accounts. Just set these conditional statements (called applets), and one online activity triggers a string of others, saving you time and brainpower.

JAXenter: Is Kubernetes becoming central to cloud adoption?

Vince Arneja: Kubernetes has prevailed as an orchestration platform over Docker Swarm because Swarm was never built for enterprise scale. There are two important aspects which have helped drive Kubernetes adoption.

  1. It was built for scale and secondly
  2. A great API for end users.

JAXenter: Jakarta EE has recently taken the cloud-native Java path. How important is it for a technology to be relevant to today’s cloud-first world?

Vince Arneja: It’s extremely important since we are in this growing cloud-first world.  Look at email, low hanging fruit. Exchange is just about becoming dead with the amount of onboarding to a O365 cloud service.

SEE ALSO: The cloud native future is here: These are the most popular technologies

JAXenter: How important is it for a technology to be cloud-neutral? What do you think of the Fn project?

Vince Arneja: It’s a great project in the very beginning phases; this is one technology to watch out for as it has great potential.

JAXenter: If cloud technology wants to continue to grow, tools should grow and adapt as well. What are the most mature tools right now?

Vince Arneja: Tools provided by Cloud Service providers are increasingly mature but they also lock you into their platform.  Cloud-neutral or multi-cloud solutions are really the best options for customers to find, test and adopt. 5nine, for example, has embraced private, public and hybrid cloud with our platform and is constantly evolving the platform to meet customer needs.

Cloud-neutral or multi-cloud solutions are really the best options for customers to find, test and adopt.

JAXenter: How can we capture the multi-cloud opportunity? What are the roadblocks to multi-cloud success?

Vince Arneja: Major roadblocks to multi-cloud success are meeting the customer demands on Security, Compliance, and Costs.  

Complexity caused by multi-cloud can also impact an organization.

JAXenter: What do you think of serverless? Is it a “revolution of the cloud,” as Maciej Winnicki, Principal Software Engineer at Serverless Inc. told us last year?

Vince Arneja: It’s an interesting concept, but I would not call it a revolution, but more of a slow uprising.  

It has its merits but not in may use cases.

Thank you!

 

Application developers have entered a new era with the advent of cloud technology. If you want to meet the movers and shakers in the world of cloud computing, don’t miss JAX London, a four-day conference taking place October 8-11, 2018.

asap

Author
Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc is editor of JAXenter.com and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

avatar
400
  Subscribe  
Notify of