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Essentials for a good hybrid cloud

DP van Leeuwen, senior vice president and general manager, Red Hat Asia Pacific | Jan. 8, 2015
If done right, a hybrid cloud can deliver strategic advantages to the business by redirecting resources from lights-on to innovation.

Enterprises across Asia Pacific are increasing focused on web-scale cloud systems and other innovation on the 3rd Platform to enable new business capabilities, stated IDC Asia Pacific in their latest forecast for the coming year.

The top 10 ICT predictions from IDC also noted that "mash-ups of Cloud, Social Business, Big Data Analytics and Mobile will continue to come together at a more intensified rate of adoption in 2015." IT spending growth for the rest of the 2014–2018 forecast period is also expected to climb upwards to 6.4 percent in 2017.

With these predictions in mind, choosing how to build and what kind of cloud an organisation needs now is perhaps the most strategic decision IT leaders will need to make right now to tap on present opportunities. If done right, a cloud can deliver strategic advantages to the business by redirecting resources from lights-on to innovation. But in my view only an open hybrid cloud delivers the full strategic business value and promise of cloud computing.

Why use an open hybrid cloud?
Hybrid clouds offer an array of benefits for organisations, including cost-effective deployment, flexible storage capacity and scalable computing. In addition, organisations can rely on several vendors, helping to free them from single vendor lock-in.

A hybrid cloud is essentially an environment that uses both public and private cloud technologies, taking advantage of different aspects of both to create a strong cloud environment.

Given the advantages, IT leaders within enterprises are turning to alternative providers to supply the necessary technologies for a heterogeneous cloud environment.

A recent survey by Tech Pro Research found that 93 percent of respondents have heard of hybrid cloud and out of this group, one-third said they have already implemented a hybrid cloud solution in their organisations. The report further stated that, "many small organisations don't have the existing hardware infrastructure needed for the on-premise part of a hybrid solution." Results reflected customer sentiments of wanting flexibility, without locking in to one single vendor or legacy systems, that may restrict potential business growth.

Hybrid cloud market growth
According to Research and Market's "Global Hybrid Cloud Market 2014–2018" findings, the global hybrid cloud market is expected to grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 30 percent from 2014 to 2018. One of the key drivers for hybrid cloud adoption was the need for companies to reduce IT spending. "The hybrid cloud provides IT infrastructure and application support to enterprises at lower cost than internal provisioning. Therefore, with the adoption of hybrid cloud services, enterprises are reducing their capital and operational expenditure on IT infrastructure," Research and Markets stated.

Managing a heterogeneous cloud environment
When managing a heterogeneous cloud environment, one where private and public cloud technologies are in use, security and performance are key factors.


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