Since the innovation that is cloud computing burst onto the scene, its adoption has gone through a lot of changes of heart. Cloud architecture is one of the technologies that companies have been looking into in order to fuel their need for scalability and security while at the same time offering freedom of development and control of data. The cloud is uniquely poised to take advantage of these needs by the corporate world.
According to Salesforce, Dell claims that companies investing in the cloud see growth of up to 53% faster than their competitors. The cloud itself has transformed from those early days into both public and private designations. However, as business grows and adapts to the changing cloud landscape something new is emerging - a hybrid cloud comprised of both public and private elements. This is where the need for hybrid cloud management (HCM) comes in.
The aim of HCM is to raise the operational effectiveness and efficiency of a company by binding the public and private platforms together seamlessly.
Cloud evolution over the years
The evolution of cloud computing has gone through significant change from its initial state. Even Zynga, according to Fortune, uses the public cloud to its benefit, utilizing it to develop applications it wants to test then scaling up onto a private cloud when they've proven their viability.
This is the essence of hybrid cloud computing, but this wasn't always how companies saw the cloud. In the beginning, cloud adoption was slow and stagnant because, as with all emerging technologies, it was viewed with some skepticism. Between 2008 and 2013, a lot of companies regarded the cloud as something they couldn't and wouldn't find themselves using. Between concerns about security, capability and the prohibitive cost of the first handful of cloud services, cloud computing was a luxury few companies could budget for.
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Yet development persisted. Between 2014 and 2016, business slowly came around to accepting the cloud as something that could make their lives easier and their companies more profitable, if used right. Amazon's AWS adapted to being an enterprise-level cloud server and a number of companies moved their data onto the cloud, anticipating it to be the newest technological playground to take advantage of. In the present day, the hybrid cloud is now emerging as the place businesses want to be in terms of data storage and application processing.
The hybrid cloud allows for a more flexible system for the development, distribution and management of applications. More and more companies, such as AWS consulting, are coming to the realization that partnering with public cloud services while maintaining their own private cloud servers delivers the best of both worlds. This interest in hybrid cloud technology means that there is an obvious demand for hybrid cloud management arising from the adoption.
Defining hybrid cloud management
The terms hybrid cloud and hybrid cloud management are difficult to pin down since the companies offering both of these services take them to mean different things. In truth, the development of the hybrid cloud has expanded into a number of different areas, each one of them dealing with a different aspect of improving an aspect of the overall process. Forrester released a report in 2018 that helps a company narrow down the potential companies that they can partner with to make their hybrid cloud vision a reality, noting the wide range of different offerings on display, which can be both a blessing a curse.
Hybrid cloud management going into the future
While the future of hybrid cloud management is indeed a bright one, there are a few glaring issues that will need to be addressed as time goes on. The lack of standardization of the offers available to a company is the most obvious shortcoming. Added to this is the tendency of cloud providers to offer features to make cross-cloud management easier, but serve to make the overall cloud setup a lot more difficult to navigate.
Recently some companies have ditched the public cloud completely, opting to run complete private cloud setups and while these situations are few and are unlikely to impact the adoption of the hybrid cloud by other businesses, it does provide a roadblock to standardization of hybrid cloud management. Overcoming these struggles is by no means an easy road, but the rewards at the end of it are well worth the effort put into rising above the challenges.