What's stopping companies from adopting Hybrid Cloud

by CXOtoday News Desk    Oct 28, 2013

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Hybrid cloud has bright prospects, according to research firm Gartner that states by 2016, more enterprises will be turning to a hybrid cloud model from private cloud. The research firm predicts that during the forecast time, nearly half of the large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.  However, at present, hybrid poses certain challenges to enterprises as some analysts are doubtful whether hybrid clouds are truly being created in the current state of business IT infrastructure deployments. So what’s stopping companies from adopting Hybrid Cloud?

The present unclear

According to cloud services expert at Logicworks, Jake Gardener, until now even though cloud is used extensively by companies of all sizes, very few have really created a true hybrid yet that achieves the promised functionality. He mentions, depending on the cloud provider you use, your business will experience more or less ability to integrate outside platforms and tools. “For instance, you can’t really hybridize cloud at AWS.  It’s all proprietary so it becomes very difficult to move workloads back and forth in your internal environments.

Gardener writes in his blog that at present what’s stopping companies from capitalizing on hybrid environments is simple: the tools are only beginning to arrive.

Alex Fuller, CTO at CloudSense, a cloud software provider and IT consultancy also remarks in a blog that building a hybrid cloud isn’t easy. “There are both technology and cultural challenges that businesses need to overcome,” he says adding that the company does not recommend hybrid models often because they add an unnecessary level of complexity and because integration is challenging – with the exception of particular applications in telecoms for mediation systems and live-updated analytics, where it’s often necessary. “

A bright future

However, even though it is at a transitional stage at present Gartner and other advocates of hybrid believe the momentum of hybrid cloud adoption will be unavoidable and take place in next few years. As Gartner sees hybrid cloud services as the best way for businesses to balance parameters like cost, performance and security and is the cloud model of the future.

Thomas Bittman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said that private cloud technologies are “relatively immature and evolving.” He notes that “an ingrained IT culture focused on technical expertise doesn’t fit a fully automated, self-service model that requires a service-oriented, team approach.”

Gartner states that private cloud is currently the most popular form of cloud computing across various industry sectors, but that could change as businesses are starting to see that it is not appropriate for all services. “The public cloud, hybrid clouds, and private clouds now dot the landscape of IT based solutions. Because of that, the basic issues have moved from ‘what is cloud’ to ‘how will cloud projects evolve’, he says at the Gartner symposium.

According to him, growth in cloud services is being driven by new IT computing scenarios being deployed using cloud models, as well as the migration of traditional IT services to cloud service alternatives and it is here that hybrid clouds can play a transformative role.