Setting the Stage for Hybrid Cloud in 2014
Cloud computing technology has evolved over the past several years, triggering important transformations in enterprise IT departments. As the Internet and ecommerce become major platforms for different kinds of business operations and communications, cloud technology develops to suit the needs of potential consumers. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the companies worldwide massively adopt subscription-based software services and shift to public cloud resources.
Changing trends – hybrid cloud
One of the most important tech trends in the passing year has definitely been the growth of hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is a mix of dedicated servers and public cloud resources that enables companies to combine their benefits and create a custom-tailored infrastructure. With the possibility to secure sensitive data on premise servers and get the state-of-the-art cloud-based software, companies have more than enough space to re-invent their businesses.
Various surveys have reported that IT decision-makers increasingly have trust in public cloud. The adoption rate of all cloud solutions continues, whereas hybrid cloud is expected to become the fastest-growing model in the following several years. According to Forrester research from January, around 50% of surveyed hardware decision-maker expected to shift to hybrid cloud environments by 2016. Most of these planned to use IaaS to complement to the on-premise infrastructure and thus enhance server capacity.
Who are the leading providers?
The ability to deliver extensive apps and services from cloud servers seamlessly is definitely a major driver of hybrid cloud adoption. With the offerings from Microsoft, VMware and, of course, Amazon AWS, the potential of hybrid cloud can be particularly attractive for small-to-medium-sized enterprises. Rackspace has also made a significant improvement in the market position but it seems to lag behind the previously mentioned big names, despite its growing SME footprint. However, what all these companies have in common is an increasing investment in IaaS that will eventually set the stage for hybrid cloud in 2014.
Opportunities with hybrid infrastructure seem to have changed the attitudes even among some public cloud devotees. As security remains one of the major inhibitors to storing workload on public servers, more and more CIOs contemplate operating in a hybrid climate, which can provide maximum security along with enhanced computing power.
However, breakthrough of hybrid cloud will require many companies to develop new IT strategies. Data migration associated with new strategies is therefore a growing concern among those who intend to make some important changes to their current settings. In order to smoothly transfer workload to different servers, CIOs need to have a comprehensive view of company’s cloud assets and understand both benefits and risks of data migration. This is why many companies will seek out the help of cloud experts with relevant experience in the field.
Considering its potential, hybrid cloud indeed has a bright future in business and it was justifiably regarded as one of the top strategic trends for 2014 (Gartner). This changing setting may as well bring some concerns for company managers before they develop efficient cloud strategies. Nevertheless, those who are ready to follow emerging trends and learn about the cloud may certainly see some significant benefits in the following years.
Article by Mell Mayer a tech writer and a blogger from Sydney, Australia. She is researching the latest news related to cloud hosting and VPS and their implementation in business.
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