Hybrid Cloud Isn't The Future, It's Here Already

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 14, 2015


Deploying hybrid clouds is logically the next step beyond private clouds in the evolution of cloud computing. With more and more companies looking for ways to bridge the current infrastructure and future investments to help connect, innovate and grow, they are realizing that the hybrid approach provides the most stable foundation for their organizations. Needless, to say, it is not a future technology, but hybrid cloud is already here.

Canopy, the Atos Cloud, in collaboration with EMC commissioned a study about Hybrid Cloud adoption conducted by Forrester Consulting.  Surveying over 150 companies with revenues of $1 billion+ across multiple countries, the findings show an increased adoption of hybrid cloud services with 58% of the respondents saying they already have some form of hybrid cloud environment.

Multi-Cloud is Here and a Reality

The research demonstrates that a majority of companies now understand that their approach to cloud must be through a combination of cloud services. Organizations using hybrid cloud define it as a ‘cloud spread across multiple deployment models’ with 40% of respondents seeing it as a combination of Private and Public Cloud usage.

Service Management Takes Center Stage

51% of respondents consider that the Hybrid Cloud has the potential to allow the consolidation of the management of all cloud services. Further to that, respondents said that when deploying a hybrid cloud solution the most important factors to be considered are the ability to monitor and optimise cloud costs (55%) and performance (49%). 

In response to the potential risks represented by shadow IT, Bring-your-own device and cloud, the survey shows that recognition is high amongst IT professionals for the need of improved management and better governance.

This brings orchestration and service brokering to the heart of the IT strategy, with service management taking center stage in IT organizations which are rapidly shifting to a role of providers and brokers of business services. 

Bi-modal IT is the Default IT Model

According to the study, 46% of respondents identified the rewriting of applications to scale as a deployment scenario for Hybrid Cloud, and 33% stated that they have already built some service templates across hybrid clouds. When asked what to watch for when deploying a hybrid cloud, 47% of respondents said that it was important to ease the ability to port applications across different clouds. 

This response indicates that the cloud has become a target platform for many applications, not only for cloud-native applications but also for many enterprise applications which are becoming candidates for cloud deployment, the study said. 

Commenting on these findings, Philippe Llorens, CEO at Canopy said, “Managing a number of different cloud solutions represents a challenge and a new opportunity for IT leaders. They can solidify their own role within the business by consolidating, governing and managing a combination of cloud-based services to ensure they help meet business needs. With this objective in mind, IT leaders have started to articulate clear strategies in terms of security and governance, and look for partners who have the ability to assist them in their full cloud transformation”. 

“Many organizations are looking for ways to drive more business value, redefine their business models, and build an enhanced customer experience in an increasingly digital world,” said Anna Dorcey, Vice President Global Alliances, Americas Field & Partner Marketing at EMC Corporation.

An agile, adaptable and scalable hybrid cloud solution that addresses the need for rapid deployment and controlled management helps organizations innovate rapidly and deliver enterprise-grade performance, resiliency and security while combining the control, reliability and confidence of private cloud with the simplicity, flexibility and cost efficiency of public clouds.”