Paris Roundtable: The Future of Cloud

Paris Roundtable: The Future of IT Infrastructure

Our team recently met up with technology experts in Paris for an exciting roundtable discussion on Kubernetes, Cloud, AI and more. Our guests included representatives from Equativ, Homa Games, Paymium, Algolia SAS, and Netangels, resulting in a great discourse. 

Infrastructure Optimization with Kubernetes 

The discussion centered around leveraging Kubernetes for optimizing infrastructure while managing costs. All attendees highlighted how Kubernetes is playing a crucial role in shaping and managing their infrastructure. 

As organizations scale their Kubernetes deployments, cost optimization is becoming important for them.  Factors such as right-sizing clusters, leveraging auto-scaling, optimizing resource allocation, and selecting appropriate instance types, are all key. Kubernetes is also good for preventing vendor lock-in since Kubernetes clusters are increasingly the DeFacto standard for many cloud providers. 

Effective monitoring and observability are essential for maintaining Kubernetes clusters. Participants discussed monitoring cluster health, application performance, resource utilization, and leveraging tools like Prometheus, Grafana, and Kubernetes-native solutions.  

A Hybrid Setup vs Cloud Benefits  

The benefits and challenges associated with utilizing multiple cloud service providers are important to consider. For example, the impact of vendor lock-in, regulatory compliance, and service reliability.  

Using a combination of different cloud products can help to optimize price-performance. Companies are shifting their strategies to find the right balance between the cloud and dedicated servers, as scaling in the cloud has become quite expensive. The sweet spot to which resources are shared in between cloud and dedicated servers is something that is clearly a top priority to identify. Considerations as to whether to use hybrid cloud or not include long-term scalability, cost-effectiveness, and compatibility with Kubernetes. 

In addition, businesses depend on IaaS and cloud to optimize cost and accessibility: Hybrid and multi-cloud architectures are becoming popular as companies want to avoid the costs of relying on a single cloud provider. These setups involve using a mix of on-premises servers and multiple public cloud services. This approach gives organizations more flexibility, reduces the risk of downtime, and helps save costs.  

Resource Optimization, Monitoring and Predictive Analysis 

It is now a standard practice to use tools like Victoria Metrics for predicting and understanding resource requirements, including CPU, RAM, and disks, for various projects. However, there needs to be a focus on optimizing resource allocation to improve efficiency and reduce costs. 

One of the major benefits of using open-source software is that the costs of using the software can be low. However, challenges could include the fact that such software may have been developed by an independent community who may have been drawn into other projects and have therefore discontinued software development or support for that specific software. This could leave you with a vulnerability in your application landscape, so it is vital to double check if this is the case for any open-source solutions you are interested in. 

AI Integration and Cost Management 

Of course, many companies are now exploring the integration of AI technologies into their services, including search functionality, while managing associated costs. Strategies for balancing the benefits of AI with financial efficiency should be considered carefully. If the AI usage and costs enable a very strategic and lucrative performance for SaaS services, it could clearly be beneficial. However, if the ultimate benefit is not crucial, our guests agreed that AI is not generally considered a must-have at all costs. 

Partnership Benefits and Value Proposition

Finally, our roundtable discussed partnership agreements and the potential benefits offered, including public cloud credits and access to advanced solutions beyond basic infrastructure services. Participants included startup companies which would benefit from a partner program at their cloud provider to help their businesses through the early days while their ROI is still low. One way to help is with cloud services that help to increase usage at relatively low costs by adding a CDN or Multi-CDN. 

Security Measures and Best Practices 

Ensuring both internal IT security and protection against external threats remain major concerns for today’s businesses. Measures such as utilizing firewalls, CDNs, and VPNs for secure data transmission were highlighted. We also discussed how important it is to define the right strategy within companies to educate employees on the best security practices. 


We thoroughly enjoyed discussing these and other topics with our roundtable guests in Paris. If you’re interested in joining one of our future roundtables, reach out to our Sales team to learn more about upcoming dates.

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