As the cloud computing market expands, business decision-makers around the world are pursuing not only private or public clouds, but rather a mixture of the two, in addition to on-site environments. This mantra enables organizations of all sizes to leverage the hosted solutions they need to grow or gain a competitive advantage, without going overboard with investments or burying themselves in unfamiliar territory.
During the past several years, the use of nearly half of companies will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017 because approximately the same number of firms are currently embracing hybrid mentalities as those that were using private clouds 3 years ago. This finding suggests that the hybrid cloud movement will follow the path of private initiatives by growing beyond aspirations and becoming a reality.services in the enterprise has increased dramatically. A recent Gartner report estimates that
Analysts highlighted how agility is often the leading driver behind cloud adoptions. For this reason, executives across the business world are considering hybrid endeavors that combine on-premise and off-site IT architectures, enabling organizations to follow through with an initiative that caters to their specific needs.
Building the right program
As Big Data, mobility, and social projects become the focus of many IT endeavors, decision-makers are charged with the responsibility of developing a strategy that uses the tools they need to meet long-term objectives. In many cases, the cloud’s natural scalable and flexible characteristics make it an adjustable and customizable platform for companies, allowing IT executives to pursue the programs that give their organization an advantage.
Gartner noted that technology is not the biggest issue when it comes to adopting the cloud. In fact, the largest problem companies usually have is developing a team that can leverage the best of the cloud. In most cases, the technology that is the foundation of the cloud doesn’t necessarily solve a company’s transformational or process issues. Experts said that organizations should build a cloud strategy that can address key challenges in the workplace. In some cases, private cloud projects will not be a panacea because they will only resolve specific types of issues.
A hybrid future
Thomas Bittman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, noted that most service providers are still touting private clouds as the “next big thing.” Although this is sometimes the case, the truth is that private solutions are only beneficial for services that meet certain criteria.
“Virtualization is a horizontal, very broad trend, impacting a high percentage of IT infrastructure,” Bittman asserted. “Private cloud is a specific style of computing that will leverage virtualization, but is not appropriate for all services. Although the majority of midsize and large enterprises will build and deploy private cloud services over the next few years, private cloud will only be used for specific, appropriate services.”
A separate North Bridge Venture Partners study highlighted similar expectations, noting that 76 percent of respondents believe hybrid cloud projects will be the core of their overall cloud computing strategy within the next 5 years. In fact, slightly more than half of decision-makers believe hybrid and multi-cloud providers will be the ones to transform the existing cloud architecture mentality.
Over the course of the next several years, significant changes will be taking place in the cloud landscape, especially as Big Data and mobile projects take center stage. By building a customized cloud strategy, organizations of all sizes can improve their ability to maximize return from their IT endeavors, giving them a competitive edge and opening up new opportunities for growth.