For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Heiko H. Koop, Chief Executive Officer at Linx Telecommunications Holding BV and Linx Datacenter
1. What do you see for the future of the industry?
If we talk about the nearest future, I see a clear trend for the further development of cloud services. According to Gartner's 2011 report, $74 billion were spent on cloud technologies in 2010. For 2017, IDC estimates the volume of cloud investments at $122.5 billion, and by 2020 it will be almost $200 billion. Moreover, according to another IDC forecast, the largest markets for cloud services will remain Russia and Poland - regions that are strategically important for Linxdatacenter.
For a bit more distant future I'm sure that modern services will be expanded with new technologies that are not yet used or even known widely enough, like quantum technology. Quantum cryptography is one of the newest methods to protect the data transfer on the physical level: no one can listen the channel if it is protected by quantum cryptography; it is contrary to the laws of physics as we know it now. And as far as I know, Russian scientists now work on a management system for a geographically distributed data processing and storage center protected with this technology. I hope that they will succeed and we will see the world’s first “quantum cloud”.
2. What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
Distributed computing and data storage allow to implement the models, the simplest examples are cloud office applications and mail, videoconferencing, virtual PBXs (SaaS). But IT progress is not limited to this, the models of PaaS, IaaS, DaaS, etc. become more and more popular, everything is moving towards the concept of Everything as a Service. Cloud is a new approach to the organization of the economy – and we cannot miss this opportunity. At the same time we will see sectors changing drastically due to new IT developments. For example; What will ABRA or payment with WeChat do to the Banking- and the online payment sector.
3. What's one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
Today's customers don't look for just a regular contractor, they are waiting for high-level IT expertise, IT support of highest quality to implement their growth strategies. That's why Linxdatacenter will focus on the LinxLab initiative, our Cisco-Partnership, the Linx-HyperCloud in Moscow and the development of our consulting competencies. If we speak about key business indicators, Linxdatacenter demonstrates stable development and we expect to reach at least the same level of growth. For example, our cloud services turnover growth was 167% in 2015 and 149% in 2016, our forecast to 2017 is 148%. To achieve these results we have developed Linxdatacenter 2020 strategy, and in accordance to it our company will invest in the development of our team, data center facilities and security systems.
4. What do you think matters most in the development of the industry and its effect on business and society?
According to one of the latest research held by Bain&Company and Red Hat, the chance to save the market impact is 8 times higher for the companies that have already digitized their business processes rather than for the companies which still try to follow the traditional models. Clouds provide one of the cheapest and most flexible ways to do it. Providers that previously only dealt with telecommunications and the classic capacity provisioning see and use this trend. Now they start to provide consulting in the cloud infrastructure construction or just acquire cloud providers with their accumulated client base and expertise. So I’d say that technology is forcing its development by itself, and I hope that this process can never be stopped.
We further will see that Cloud and the latest IT technology will enter into everybody’s lives and will make the society safer and healthier. Good examples are the smartphone and the smartwatch and the health, sleep and sport apps will tell you to visit your doctor before you have health issues or driverless cars that significantly improve road safety.