Why Businesses Will Bet Big On Hybrid Cloud?

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 21, 2015

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Enterprises are increasingly selecting hybrid cloud services (36 percent) ahead of private (32 percent) and public cloud (17 percent) services, said a survey by Oracle. Sixty percent of enterprises surveyed reporting intermediate or mature levels of adoption. This is expected to rise to 82 percent in 2017.

The report also states that data security (by 55 percent of respondents), integration with existing applications (47 percent), available skills (45 percent) and hardware costs (44 percent) are the significant concerns about private cloud adoption.

“The recent acceleration in cloud adoption has been focused on enterprise applications and addressing the related integration, scalability and security challenges,” says John Abel, EMEA Senior Director at Oracle, commented.

He adds that the survey shows however, that as the hybrid cloud evolves into the core approach for businesses the platform grows in importance, providing as it must the ability for businesses to move from private to public cloud and back seamlessly and securely.

According to predictions made by Hitachi Data Systems for 2015, the market will see enterprises deploying their critical legacy applications into a hybrid cloud infrastructure. Adrian De Luca, HDS Asia-Pacific CTO, says, “CIOs are now at the forefront of taking the initiative to move enterprise and mission-critical applications onto private clouds, and at the same time experiment with public cloud for internal workloads and customer-facing web applications. This is where hybrid comes into play.”

“As enterprise IT gets a handle on employee needs-those currently met using rogue consumer cloud apps-they’ll realize hybrid cloud’s attractiveness; it’s the capacity and elasticity of the public cloud combined with the security/privacy of private clouds,” Matthew Dornquast, co-founder and CEO of Code42 mentions in a VMWare blog who states that this year itself 80 percent of its customers selected hybrid cloud implementations over pure public cloud. 

Likewise, Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior VP and GM, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware said that earlier the companies were built to last, but now they are built to change, “The old model of IT is not good enough in the software defined era, where traditional businesses are being challenged and a new approach to align IT with the business is needed to compete.

The Oracle study further highlights that platform-as-a-service will become increasingly critical to future hybrid cloud deployments. Within private cloud, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is currently viewed as most important ahead of Database-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). However, this will change over the next two years with DaaS becoming the most important form of private cloud, ahead of its counterparts, it says.

“While SaaS has traditionally led enterprise migration to the cloud, other services such as Database- and Platform-as-a-Service are set to become more important over the next two years,” said Bob Johnson, VP and Principal Analyst, at IDG Connect.

“This trend reflects how quickly the cloud is growing in maturity and sophistication. Given this rapid development in cloud capability, it’s likely that 2017 will see widespread use of cloud-based platforms and tools – increasingly delivered over hybrid architectures – to develop and test transformational business applications.

As hybrid cloud gains prominence, companies need to position themselves in the highly competitive hybrid cloud market – through unique offerings, acquisitions and partnerships in the coming months, believe experts.