The end is nigh

IT infrastructure will be dead in 10 years, the technology CEO who serves almost half of the Forbes Global and FTSE 100s tells BQ.

By 2022 no longer will your organisation list IT infrastructure as an outgoing expense. That is according to the CEO of one of the world’s largest providers of cloud computing security.

Philippe Courtot is the serial entrepreneur behind Qualys, which lists 41% of FTSE 100 businesses and 50% of the Forbes Global 100 among its clients.

Courtot INSETThe Frenchman, who has pioneered IT security, ecommerce and internet technology for over two decades, told BQ: “Ten years down the line you will have large corporations with essentially hybrid systems between shared services and private clouds.

“There will be a wider leveraging of cloud computing technology, internet access that is tailored to their needs and smaller companies will essentially have no IT infrastructure whatsoever.

“They will have terminals and smart devices but they will be connected to the cloud and they will no longer have to worry about IT.

“I think in ten years we will see a huge difference and will have no IT infrastructure at all. I think our infrastructure will have been moved entirely to the cloud.”

According to Courtot, the adoption of cloud computing is accelerating rapidly in the UK, with the market remaining Qualsy’s strongest European territory and a bright spot within the 85 countries it has a presence in.

The security as a service company works with customers to help simplify their security operations and lower the cost of compliance through security intelligence and the automation of various tasks such as auditing, compliance and protection for web applications.

Before taking to the helm of Qualsys, Courtot was the chairman and CEO of Signio, an electronic payment start-up that he repositioned to become a significant e-commerce player which was eventually acquired by VeriSign in 2000 for more than a billion dollars.

Today VeriSign's payment division, based on the Signio technology, handles 30% of electronic transaction in the US, processing US$100m in daily sales.

Courtot also turned an unknown company of 12 people, cc:Mail, into the dominant email platform provider, achieving a 40% market share while competing directly against IBM and Microsoft.

And the prolific entrepreneur believes that, amid the ever-expanding capabilities of cloud computing, there has never been a better time for transforming start-ups into multimillion pound empires.

“One of the big advantages of cloud computing is that you don’t have to deal with the complexity of managing IT infrastructure. It has been evolving for 10 years and is maturing very fast these days and it is becoming much easier to expand. Small businesses can run at a much lower cost and yet have the advantage of access to as much computing power they need.”