Industry Recap – December 2015
Author: Marc Crespi Posted: Dec 29, 2015

In December, we took notice of the buzz around the tech and cloud industry and to no one’s surprise, it was full of insights for next year (and beyond) – especially when looking to the hybrid cloud and disaster recovery.

At OneCloud, we’re huge advocates of the hybrid cloud so we’re happy to see that many writers and experts are predicting 2016 will truly be its year.

The (Continuing) Rise of the Hybrid Cloud

Windows IT Pro: Why Organizations Might Need a Hybrid Cloud
By Orin Thomas (@orinthomas)
Hybrid clouds provide organizations with the option of hosting some workloads in the public cloud and others in an on-premises private cloud. A hybrid cloud model provides multiple advantages, allowing an organization to choose the best location for a specific workload, rather than being in a position where workloads can only be hosted in one location or another. What determines the best location isn’t always a simple technical argument, and factors such as regulatory compliance can override arguments about efficiency and economy.

TechTarget (ITKnowledgeExchange): Private cloud fading, hybrid cloud ascending, Forrester says
By Jason Sparapani (@jsparapani)
What will go away someday, he said, are internal private clouds themselves — at least strictly speaking. Most organizations won’t be exclusively public or private cloud; rather, they’ll have hybrid cloud environments, a blend of on-premises IT and public cloud deployments. The model offers companies both the flexibility and scalability of the cloud and peace of mind of keeping certain sensitive information in their own data centers. “The hybrid cloud is really the big story,” O’Donnell said. “It doesn’t mean people are giving up cloud, but they’re giving up this pure private cloud notion and going down the path of hybrid.”

CBR: Hybrid cloud isn’t the future, it’s already here
By James Nunns (@JamesNunns)
A number of companies such as EMC, HPE and VMware are pushing hybrid cloud as the future for cloud, but this future may have already been realised. Over half (58%) of companies with revenues of more than $1 billion have indicated that they already have some form of hybrid cloud environment, suggesting that hybrid cloud has already been realised as a necessity. Research from Canopy, the Atos Cloud, in collaboration with EMC revealed that 51% consider hybrid cloud to have the potential to allow the consolidation of the management of all cloud services. Other key benefits of going hybrid are that it allows you to monitor and optimise cloud costs (55%) and performance (49%).

DR to the Rescue

NetworkWorld: After the disaster: Cloud recovery becomes DRaaStic
By Tom Henderson (@extremelabs)
The idea is this: Your worst fears realized, you’ve got sites down, maybe all of your locations and data centers, and the clock has stopped ticking. Business and people’s lives need to continue. I won’t go down the long tawdry list of what can kill you in the digital cloud age. Suffice to say that every exec needs to understand business continuity from the myriad angles of its internal ops, clientele, assets and employees. The idea behind DRaaS is to provide either failover or rapid recovery services.

Resolution: Investigate Your Disaster Recovery Plans in 2016

BetaNews: Two-thirds of companies don’t regularly test their disaster recovery plans
By Ian Barker (@IanDBarker)
More than 60 percent of companies in the UK and Germany say that they either test their disaster recovery plan less than once a year or not at all. This research finds that a mere nine percent of companies test their plan every one to five months and another 29 percent every six months to a year. Half of the companies surveyed hadn’t experienced an IT disaster in the previous three years, but more than a third had needed to invoke their disaster recovery plan. While the majority of these companies had to invoke their plan between one and five times, an unfortunate minority were forced to undertake disaster recovery measures more than 10 times during the last three years.

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