2016: The Age of Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

“By 2018, at least half of all IT spending will be cloud based, reaching 60% of all infrastructure and 60-70% of all software, services and technology spending by 2020.”

Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure is likely to be one of the biggest things in IT this year.

As Microsoft’s Azure server continues to develop - allowing for integration of on-premises apps and data - and IBM continues to experiment with private and public cloud OpenStack developments, it is fast becoming a favoured solution when it comes to optimizing infrastructures against business objectives.  

The hybrid cloud market is currently growing at an annual compound rate of 29.22% over 2014-19, with increasing demand from end-users eager to create a responsive and cost effective infrastructure.  With concerns over data security and compliance requirements surrounding data sovereignty, IT managers are being forced to take a more integrated approach to their data – and this is reflected in their cloud plans.

“Almost 90% of enterprises are utilizing hybrid cloud strategies.”

Providing numerous benefits for the organisations who elect to use this amalgam of public and private clouds, hybrid infrastructure is rapidly becoming the new alternative to public cloud computing. Hybrid cloud strategies provide a cost effective option for innovation – streamlining processes by changing the relationship between strategic priorities and IT. These shortened timeframes are a product of the newly formed “supreme ecosystems”, which organisations develop through the introduction of op-ex based hybrid infrastructures.

Interest and consumption of these hybrid cloud solutions is continually increasing. Organisations now realise that the difference between the private cloud (often simply mass virtualization) and the public cloud is larger than first expected. In response to these developments, storage admin roles continue to evolve. As organisations now begin to move towards cloud delivery models, they become “brokers of services that span both private and public cloud resources.”

As the role of IT infrastructure continues to transition from technology manager to solution provider, hybrid cloud solutions enable organisations to divest much of their technology stack to the public cloud, in order to reap the rewards - shared resources and economic benefits. However, combining these public and private clouds is often a challenging task, with the teams looking to deliver a service occasionally having to revisit the application, integration and data architectures, and develop new tools for deployment, management and monitoring.

  ** >> Take a look at the way Hewlett Packard illustrate the dynamic nature of Hybrid Infrastructure <<**

 

 “By 2018, over 50% of enterprise will create or partner with industry cloud platforms to distribute their own innovations or source others.”

 Of course, one of the historical causes for reluctance when considering cloud based solutions is the issue of managing security across virtual boundaries. When moving into hybrid models, organisations relinquish their roles as primary custodians of their data, and must develop solutions when enforcing organisational boundaries and managing the everyday security processes and policies.

However, with the dawning realization that the level of security available is higher if organisations procure it on a hosted or as-a-service basis, the demand for cloud-based security services is likely to soar in 2016. This security extends into the end user space, necessitating a multi-layered, in-depth defence strategy.  In implementing a hybrid cloud, organisations can maintain their private cloud behind their firewalls – keeping control over their critical data, whilst taking advantage of the conveniences offered by the public cloud for their less sensitive data. This, however, may be unsuitable for some sectors handling extremely sensitive data which cannot be outsourced to another provider.

Enabling elastic access, hybrid cloud infrastructure facilitates data migration, minimizing risk through the development and improvement of the interface between applications and cloud. With communication between the public and private clouds occurring over a connection which is encrypted, data can be securely moved between them both.

As the emergence of hybrid cloud infrastructure continues to shape the way in which businesses co-ordinate their processes, strategies and IT approaches, new propositions are rapidly emerging. With solutions from players like Rackspace, Amazon and Google available, in addition to those offered by the numerous low-cost infrastructure providers, it is increasingly likely that businesses will find a service which suits their needs.

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If you want to read more: 

Trends in Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure for 2016 - btourists.com/articles/trends-in-hybrid-cloud-infrastructure-for-2016 

Top IT Trends to Watch in 2016: Hybrid Cloud -blog.dimensiondata.com/2015/12/top-it-trends-to-watch-in-2016-hybrid-cloud

Comprehensive Guide to Hybrid Cloud Storage and Computing -cloudnewsdaily.com/hybrid-cloud 

A Peek into the Future of Hybrid Cloud in 2016 -www.networkworld.com/article/3004645/cloud-computing/a-peek-into-the-future-of-hybrid-cloud-in-2016.html 

Hybrid Infrastructure is Here to Stay - www.peer1.com/blog/hybrid-infrastructure-is-here-to-stay

External vs. Internal: Why Hybrid Cloud is the Way to Go -www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/12/hybrid_cloud_external_vs_internal/The

Infrastructure Challenges for IT Managers - by IT Managerswww.computerweekly.com/blogs/editor-blog/2010/02/infrastructure-challenges.html