This week has seen a number of hybrid cloud deals which would suggest the industry is making significant progress delivering the platforms, services and tools necessary to make hybrid cloud practical. But if anything they also serve as a reminder that IT will forever be multimodal which creates challenges that begin with people, not technology, explains Ovum’s principle analyst of infrastructure solutions Roy Illsley.
Virtualisation pioneer VMware has unveiled a raft of new services tailored for hybrid cloud services and open systems at its annual VMworld conference in San Francisco.
A hybrid approach to IT infrastructure enables internal IT groups to support legacy systems with the flexibility to optimise service delivery and performance thru third-party providers. Reconciling resources leads to improved business agility, more rapid delivery of services, exposure to innovative technologies, and increased network availability and business uptime, without having to make the budget case for CAPEX investment. However, despite its many benefits, a blended on-premises and off-premises operating model is fraught with misconceptions and myths — perpetuating a “what-if?” type of mentality that often stalls innovation and business initiatives.
The view often propagated by IT vendors is that public cloud is already capable of delivering a seamless extension between on-premise private cloud platforms and public, shared infrastructure. But Orlando Bayter, chief executive and founder of Ormuco, says the industry is only at the outset of delivering a deeply interwoven fabric of private and public cloud services.
I’ve been playing somewhat of a game over recent months. It’s a fun game for all the family and might be called “Guess my job”. It’s simple to play. All you need to do is ask someone the question; “What is a hybrid cloud?” then based upon their answer you make your choice. Having been playing this for a while I’m now pretty good at being able to predict their viewpoint from their job role or vice versa.
Ormuco is partnering with HP to launch a Helion OpenStack-based hybrid cloud solution the company said is designed specifically with workload portability in mind.
The North American division of energy drink giant Red Bull has rolled out Egnyte’s hybrid cloud file sharing and collaboration service, replacing its cloud-based incumbent solution Box.
A recently published survey of over 900 IT pros suggests enterprise adoption of public and private cloud-based services is rapidly maturing, with more than nine in ten either running or experimenting with infrastructure as a service offerings. With over half of enterprises reporting that their on premise or collocated applications are built in cloud-friendly architectures, that number is set to grow – which has implications for central IT stakeholders.
UK e-retailer Shop Direct, the firm behind Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, has enlisted IBM to help the company set up and manage a hybrid cloud platform in a bid to make its online platforms more performant.
Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade are jointly developing hybrid cloud solutions based on Microsoft Azure and Accenture Cloud that help users migrate applications and workloads between private and public clouds.