The benefits and pitfalls of different cloud deployment architectures can be intense topics of conversations spanning a wide range of industries. Some discussions foster new approaches to consider, and others make strong arguments as to which approach is well suited for different, industry-specific technologies and use cases. Get an overview of three well-known cloud computing categories that all organizations need to consider.
For most organizations, the move to hybrid cloud is now a question of when, not if. Fully 82% of enterprises plan to have a hybrid cloud strategy this year, according to Infoholic Research. The worldwide hybrid cloud computing market is expected to grow about 34% annually over the next five years, reaching $241.13 billion by 2022. Companies are embracing hybrid cloud because of the many advantages it offers compared to relying on a single provider for all of their cloud needs. Hybrid offers balance and flexibility.
Since nearly half of IT now resides in the cloud, cloud adoption has become mainstream, but it still shows tremendous growth potential. That growth will likely occur in the realm of hybrid cloud. IBM Asia-Pacific head Harriet Green talked about the "next chapter of cloud adoption" in a recent interview with ComputerWeekly.com. During this next chapter, enterprises will need to manage multiple cloud environments -- private (operated solely for a single organization), community (shared between several organizations with common goals), and/or public (rendered over a network for open public use) -- and an amalgam of those environments, known as hybrid cloud, which is generating the most interest and excitement today.
Today, Red Hat dominates enterprise Linux. Tomorrow, it wants to rule the cloud. After IBM acquired Red Hat, I suggested IBM paid $34 billion for the Linux power so it could become a hybrid-cloud power. With the news that Red Hat will acquire NooBaa, a hybrid-cloud, data-storage company, it's become clearer than ever that the IBM-Red Hat deal is all about the hybrid cloud. NooBaa is a software-defined storage company.
A funny thing happened on the way to the hybrid cloud: Building the infrastructure was a pain in the neck. That's what enterprise IT people in the Open Networking User Group have discovered Last year, public cloud providers persuaded C-level executives to move significant corporate workloads to the cloud, but the tools weren't there to make it work, said Nick Lippis, co-founder and co-chairman of ONUG. "There is a ton of custom work that has to be done," Lippis said. So the user group, which includes IT executives from hundreds of enterprises, chose building hybrid cloud infrastructure as its focus for this year. It will be the main topic at ONUG Spring 2017, taking place next week in San Francisco.