Posted by: TheTechster
Hybrid Cloud, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service, VMware
Cloud deployments are continuing to grow rapidly and by 2016 will represent the bulk of new IT spending, according to Gartner research. Fueling a large portion of that growth will be the increased use of hybrid cloud, to the point where nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments within the next four years, Gartner adds.
Why such a strong push towards hybrid cloud? Here are two important reasons to consider:
- Enterprises want more: Many organizations have already deployed services and applications in public and/or private clouds and have found each type of platform lacking in critical areas, which limits their impact and effectiveness across the entire enterprise. Public clouds often don’t give IT the control, reliability and security they require, while private clouds don’t necessarily deliver the levels of cost savings, agility, elastic scalability and “pay-as-you-go” approach to resource usage that enterprises typically seek from their cloud deployments. As noted by Gartner: “Private cloud is not appropriate for all services and, while the majority of midsize and large enterprises will deploy private cloud services over the next few years, private cloud will only be used for specific services.” Enterprises typically want more out of the cloud than either public or private clouds are able to deliver on their own.
- Leading vendors are delivering more: Many technology vendors have typically looked at cloud as an either/or proposition, assuming that customers would choose either public or private clouds, depending upon the application, workload, costs, who was making the decision, and a variety of other factors. Today, however, the most forward-looking vendors recognize that hybrid cloud is the real place to be, and they are now building solutions from the group up to complement and maximize the benefits of public and private clouds. A leading example is the VMware vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service, which extends existing data centers into the cloud and provides a federated solution for cloud resource provisioning, management, migration and usage. Customers now have viable choices in hybrid cloud that finally enable them to take full advantage of the benefits of public and private clouds.
The new reality in cloud is the emergence of sophisticated and effective hybrid cloud solutions that enterprises can use to extend their existing IT investments—in equipment, applications, people and processes—as a foundational component of public and private cloud solutions.
Thus, the real answer when it comes to cloud is not “either/or:” It is “all of the above,” meaning that organizations can benefit from both using public and private clouds. Hybrid cloud is the path to enabling organizations to reap the maximum benefits of public and private clouds, along with their existing IT infrastructures. However, not all hybrid cloud solutions are created equal and, for enterprise environments, the right hybrid cloud solution must have certain attributes and deliver specific benefits, including:
- Support for existing applications, along with seamless interoperability for simplified migrations.
- Ability to run existing applications along with new applications on a common cloud platform.
- Flexibility to move workloads between onsite and offsite environments without having to worry about application compatibility or vendor lock-in.
- Unified management that combines all cloud environments, as well as all data centers, under a common platform that can be administered from a single pane of glass.
- Agility to mix and match workloads and resources based on the demands of specific applications and on the policies/needs/SLAs of the enterprise. For example, you want to be able to take advantage of the one-size-fits-all nature of the public cloud, without being locked into that approach for all of your applications and workloads.
- Proven, reliable and enterprise-class approaches to security, compliance and network bandwidth and utilization.
Do you agree with this list of attributes and benefits you should expect out of a hybrid cloud service? Are you looking at hybrid cloud as a way to complement and expand your use of private and public clouds? What are you looking for in a hybrid cloud solution? These are not merely rhetorical questions: Please take a moment to consider them and post a comment on this site.