Hybrid cloud uptake is increasing, as organizations demand greater infrastructure freedom across on- and off-premises environments and more control over the application layer.
Hybrid Cloud Deployment-The isolated data center — traditional, converged, hyper-converged, composable, etc. — is quickly becoming a relic. Hybrid cloud IT is not only our present-day reality, it is also, at this point, a necessity for architecting a modern, optimized IT ecosystem.
More than half of the IT organizations the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has surveyed use public cloud infrastructure services, and over three-quarters of those utilize more than one public cloud provider. IT is more distributed and disaggregated than ever before. It is essential to incorporate these new realities into your buying decisions.
Augmenting the data center with public cloud services offers incredible benefits to both infrastructure flexibility and speed-of-service delivery. There is a cost, however. According to ESG research, nearly a quarter of IT organizations identify that adding the management responsibilities of public cloud resources to existing data center oversight responsibilities increases IT complexity.
In other words, building a hybrid cloud infrastructure with traditional tools and a traditional mindset makes IT more complex and is, ultimately, less efficient. As a result, IT buyers must adapt to understand that control, protection and management strategies should be designed with the hybrid cloud in mind. In fact, many enterprises are turning to hyper-converged cloud infrastructure to ease the complexities of incorporating hybrid cloud strategies into their data centers. Hyper-converged infrastructure is a modern data center architecture that frees up IT resources and enables the deployment of a cloud strategy in stages.
While alternative definitions of hybrid cloud persist, the consensus is hybrid cloud infrastructure platforms manage applications and infrastructure that span both on-premises (i.e., in the data center) and off-premises public cloud environments. This definition holds whether your organization uses an “Infrastructure Up” model — in which you start with a data center and expand into the public cloud — or a “Cloud Down” model — in which you start in the cloud, and then extend by building on-premises services. To deliver maximum value, however, hybrid clouds must deliver services beyond that simple definition.