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Where Are We At With Hybrid Cloud Computing?

Is the market growing for this new technology?

13Oct

Hybrid cloud computing is by far the most popular means for companies to make use of the cloud. A Right Scale study earlier in 2015 found 82% of companies surveyed were interested in a multi-cloud strategy. Of these, 55% had a hybrid cloud in place, according to the 2015 State of the Cloud Survey.

As such, computer service providers are supporting hybrid clouds in droves. Leading providers include VMware, IBM, Intel, and EMC. Hybrid cloud solutions are increasingly enabling businesses to extend their infrastructure and applications into the cloud. They get the same performance, security, and dependability no matter where they connect to it.

A Growing Market

In September 2015, a MarketsandMarkets report suggested the hybrid cloud market could grow to over $84 billion by 2019. The numbers nearly mirror those of an EMC survey in 2014. Businesses are finding better agility and security through a hybrid cloud model. While it takes day-to-day management to have every application work smoothly in a distributed environment, newer solutions are tending to these operational hurdles.

Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Platform

At VMworld 2015, EMC previewed parts of what it says will become its new platform. This combines several products and elements including VMware. These include application lifecycle management tools that will let IT deploy applications which function with vSphere and OpenStack. Compatibility and performance issues will be addressed and refined as the technology infrastructure of the hybrid cloud evolves.

The options available to customers are adapting as well. A pay-as-you-grow model is being developed for deployment. These deployments will be based on VCE vxRack Systems, according to EMC. The company also said recently that SAP and VMware have joined The EMC Federation partner program, which is tasked with creating a simpler means to set up, deploy, and manage hybrid clouds in the future.

In addition, this solution aims to tackle another hybrid cloud issue – storage. Plans are in place to put virtual desktop images on specialized Flash arrays. Data will be stored on reliable EMC VNX and EMC Isilon storage media. Goals of IT automation and monitoring tools for tracking how users apply the technology are being added to the initiatives as well.

In short, the goal is to reduce the complexity of hybrid cloud deployments. Some companies resort to pushing data and workloads into public clouds. A hybrid deployment begins with a private cloud on premise or with the hosting provider. The EMC plan is to take existing private clouds and deploy a hybrid one with much more simplicity than is now possible.

Far Reaching Growth

The growing hybrid cloud computing market involves more than just solutions and money. It is being fueled by rapid developments in different segments. These include cloud security, networking, consulting, integration, and management. Segments such as retail, healthcare, government, education, manufacturing, and telecommunication are just a few examples of where hybrid clouds promise to proliferate. The need for more secure data storage and reliable performance -- factors that hamper cloud adoption today -- are driving the push to address these.

An ability to scale resources up and down quickly makes hybrid clouds so appealing to enterprises. Businesses today have options available. The future, however, promises many more solutions and innovations as computing leaders devise new security measures and faster deployment models.

This hard work is being undertaken today. It won’t be long before wide-scale offerings will give companies a rapid introduction to the hybrid cloud. With common platforms like VMware being integrated into such solutions, hybrid adoptions could even involve familiar interfaces and technologies. The large percentage of enterprises interested in hybrid cloud computing today is sure to rise in the near future. 

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