Hybrid is the New Cloud
While many many cloud advocates have been trumpeting the benefits of public cloud infrastructure, the case for a cloud model in an on-premises deployment has been gaining strong adoption. Beyond just hosting our own clouds in an on-premises data center, the ability to extend that infrastructure to consume public resources is now being seen by some as the true natural next step for many customers.
Enough About Edward Snowden Already!
The trend for a while was to put a picture of Edward Snowden or the NSA logo at the start of every presentation about cloud, but luckily that has tapered off and we have gotten back to focusing on the real story of data privacy and also operational cost when looking at the viability of public cloud.
Public cloud resources, while inexpensive by many comparative points, are not always “cheaper”. The advent of strong private cloud offerings from VMware, OpenStack, and Microsoft has opened the door to leverage the cloud methodologies and operational efficiency, while utilizing on-premises hardware that businesses already have in place.
Stepping Stone to the Public Cloud?
Brian Gracely of EMC had a great interview with Forbes here which talks about how organizations are leaving the legacy IT model behind, but finding their stride with hybrid cloud deployments to maximize the benefits of both public and private hosted resources. I’m in agreement that this is definitely the way that conversations have been going, and in practice, it has proven to be true.
We may see more companies who adopt hybrid cloud begin to move more resources to the public side of their environments as comfort grows, and as old hardware rolls off of the lease cycle. This may be a stepping stone for many to their public cloud journey, but it is definitely a sign that hybrid clouds are getting some serious attention.