Technology continues to move forward at a rapid pace
What seems innovative and exciting today can quickly become obsolete tomorrow. For CIOs and those who select and implement IT infrastructure, these technologic advances create a myriad of opportunities.
As you know, public cloud is getting lots of attention — with some believing that it is the only path forward for businesses. But is public cloud still delivering all the IT advantages it promised?
As we have seen, many businesses have already started to move beyond the public cloud into a new era of hybrid IT that combines public cloud, private cloud, and traditional IT. Is it possible that innovations such as hyperconvergence, containers, composable infrastructure and Azure Stack (as a private cloud) are already pushing us to think about how to manage infrastructure differently?
Accelerating deployments beyond public cloud
As I travel the world and talk with customers, I am seeing successful companies move toward a hybrid IT model because it lets them deploy applications into the IT environment that best suits a variety of specific workloads.
It’s clear that we haven’t arrived at a hybrid IT utopia yet, but the pieces are quickly falling into place. To achieve the goal of a simple hybrid IT infrastructure, the following advancements are needed.
Software-defined management to tie it all together
Industry-leading companies, like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, are currently working on software that will allow businesses to build and manage applications in one environment and seamlessly move them to another. A comprehensive, hybrid IT software platform will allow organizations to compose, operate and optimize workloads across on-premises, private, hosted and public clouds.
Build on existing infrastructure and technology
As hybrid IT takes hold, businesses aren’t rushing to throw away their current infrastructure. Instead, they are building on it as they transition to new technologies. This transition is imperative as tried-and-true solutions such as VMware, OpenStack and Azure Stack need to work seamlessly with legacy on-premises platforms, container-based platforms and private-cloud stacks.
Cloud-like, software-defined platforms on premises
New offerings such as hyperconverged and composable infrastructures offer cloud-like capabilities on-premises — solutions that can provide businesses more control, greater performance, less cost and less risk than many public cloud options. A combination of on-premises, software-defined options within a private cloud seamlessly combined with public cloud lets businesses build the best possible infrastructure for their individual workloads.
Marketplace for hybrid IT
Another must-have for a simple hybrid IT environment is an easy to use marketplace so that businesses, IT operators and developers can quickly access the tools they need. For example, Cloud 28+ is the world’s largest independent community that links customers with a global, open partner ecosystem of cloud service providers. Today, Cloud28+ features more than 600 HPE partners (including service providers, ISVs, value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators.)
The importance of analytics
An analytics-powered dashboard is needed to provide visibility on costs and utilization across private and public infrastructure — with insights down to the level of individual projects. These types of analytics will help businesses keep costs under control and ensure service levels are being met. For example, Cloud Cruiser lets businesses measure, analyze, optimize and control their usage and spend in private, public and hybrid IT environments.
Room to grow
As technology continues its rapid race forward, a simple hybrid IT infrastructure must be able to easily evolve. For example, APIs are currently simplifying data integration, and microservices that work together seamlessly are today’s ideal. As tomorrow brings memory-driven computing and edge servers that support IoT, a hybrid IT infrastructure will need to evolve to ensure simplicity and choice.
Putting it all together
Will the right mix of hybrid IT — public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT — soon replace public cloud as the future of IT for enterprises? From what I’ve seen, my answer is YES.