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The Importance of the Hybrid Cloud in Our Future
Author: Marc Crespi Posted: Jan 13, 2015

Recently, I was honored to be quoted in Enterprise Storage Forum’s article titled Top Ten Storage Trends that Emerged in 2014.  I made 3 points regarding the evolution of cloud computing and its impact on the storage industry and how IT organizations leverage cloud technologies.

One point that I think is important to expand upon is the one related to the emergence of the hybrid cloud—a topic at the center of our mission at OneCloud Software.

In the article, I stated that “with the growing prevalence of the cloud, I expect a blurring of the lines between on-premise and off-premise storage.  Vendors will continue to improve the technology so that it will be invisible to users and in some cases to administrators, whether their data is living on-premise or off-premise in the cloud.”

What in fact is the hybrid cloud and why is it emerging as the primary cloud-computing model for mid to large enterprises?  The hybrid cloud refers to the combination of private and public cloud assets working together to provide the appropriate information technology for an organization to execute on its business and mission.  Put another way, it refers to existing primary data centers (private cloud) working with virtual data centers in a public cloud provider like Amazon’s AWS.

Public cloud platforms offer significant technological and cost benefits over private data centers for some use cases and workloads.  However, there are still many use cases and workloads running in private data centers that are not yet ready to run in a public cloud model because of technical and economic barriers.  The Net:  To fully deliver on IT’s mission, organizations will need to provision, manage, and monitor both.

The challenge with the emergence of this model is that in today’s world, managing a hybrid cloud model requires 2 very complex and very different toolsets: one for the on-premise assets and one for the public cloud assets.  And if the public cloud assets are mis-managed, the promised cost savings and increased flexibility offered can easily evaporate.

This means that IT organizations will look to emerging and existing vendors to create hybrid cloud management platforms that do in fact make their hybrid cloud deployments look like one “elastic” data center that is simple to provision, requires very little management, and is extremely cost-effective.  For those vendors that master these feats, that make the hybrid cloud easy to implement and manage for the enterprise, the market will beat a path to their door. The Hybrid Cloud is important to the future of the data center and to helping the enterprise cost effectively achieve its business goals.

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