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10 Directions for Hybrid Cloud


10 Directions for Hybrid Cloud


hybrid cloudAccording to the experts, most enterprises will eventually end up with hybrid cloud environments. But that's easier said than done. 

As the move to hybrid cloud gains momentum, it is becoming clearer that there needs to be a unified management approach for various cloud models and how they interact with their physical counterpart. 

Here are 10 points of view from experts at Forrester, Gartner, Frost & Sullivan, and more sharing their outlook for how hybrid cloud will best be adopted by the enterprise.

1. Leverage cloud services today.

Long term, enterprises will have a hybrid portfolio of cloud and non-cloud workload deployments that uses these options to optimise resource and agility requirements.

By James Staten, Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals, Forrester 
Make The Cloud Enterprise Ready

2. Hybrid IT relies on new technologies to connect clouds.

Many organizations have now passed the definitional stage of cloud computing and are testing cloud architectures inside and outside the enterprise and over time, the cloud will simply become one of the ways that we 'do' computing, and workloads will move around in hybrid internal/external IT environments.

Gartner Says Hybrid IT is Transforming the Role of IT

3. Hybrid setup needs specialized tools.

The monitoring mechanisms for facilitating hybrid cloud require a management layer that can work all sides of the infrastructure, internal operations, private cloud, and even into the public cloud activity. 

By Sasha Gilenson, CEO, Evolven
Hybrid Cloud: Harsh Reality And New Challenges

4. Lack a common definition for hybrid cloud.

Nearly every provider defines the scope of its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to include public, private, and hybrid cloud models, but it turns out that hybrid cloud is defined in various and often conflicting ways. 

By Lynda Stadtmueller, Program director of cloud computing research and analysis at Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan 
Conflicting Definitions Of Hybrid Cloud Model Cost You Customers

5. No standards for integrating clouds.

The problem is there are no standards for interoperability between public and private clouds. So when enterprises go to integrate their clouds they face many challenges. 

By Brandon Butler, Network World US 
To Hybrid Cloud, Or Not To Hybrid Cloud?

6. Each cloud must be managed separately.

While a certain degree of hybrid cloud goodness is available today, more pieces must fall into place before we can think seriously of using a public cloud as a seamless extension of the data center.

By Doug Dineley, InfoWorld 
Hybrid Cloud: Extend Your Private Cloud With Public Cloud Services

7. Creating a hybrid IT delivery environment requires a thorough analysis of each project.

To make the most of a hybrid environment, there needs to be a unified management approach. In doing so, CIOs can deliver the services their users demand without putting additional management strain on the IT department.

By Lux Rao, InformationWeek 
Hybrid Cloud model: Challenges and Opportunities

8. Hybrid cloud, composed of at least one public cloud and at least one private cloud, is where it's at.

This shift from 'cloud' to 'clouds' provides new opportunities, but it also brings challenges beyond just integration-security, data integrity and reliability, and business rules management for business processes that depend on enterprise IT assets composed with one or more services. 

By Thor Olavsrud, CIO.com
Forget Public Cloud or Private Cloud, It's All About Hyper-Hybrid

9. Portability is at the heart of the "angst" about the hybrid.

One big concern for cloud users is moving information among multiple cloud providers or between a public cloud and a private cloud.

By Michael J. Miller, PCMag.com 
Interop: "Hybrid Cloud is Here to Stay," But Management Issues Abound

10. Within 5 years, hybrid cloud will in most organizations.

Cloud users are shifting sentiments with regard to public vs. hybrid cloud platforms. Currently, 40 percent of respondents' are deploying public cloud strategies, with 36 percent emphasizing a hybrid approach. Within five years, hybrid clouds will be the emphasis of 52 percent of respondents' cloud strategies. 

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