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Hybrid Cloud and Its Future Role in Market Leadership
Public and Private Clouds will Merge into Hybrid Clouds
By: Greg Ness
Jan. 24, 2013 09:00 AM
There are a handful of publicly-traded companies vying for leadership in cloud computing, among them Amazon, VMware, Microsoft, and Rackspace. There is even a cloud ETF (SKYY). That is why the current debate regarding the future of public, private and hybrid cloud operating models is significant to the futures of these companies, as well as many others in hardware, software and even data center co-location.
If the public cloud becomes the cloud of choice for enterprise IT pros, Amazon will have a commanding position in the evolution of the multi-trillion enterprise IT market. Likewise, if private cloud establishes market leadership then VMware could transform its leadership in server virtualization into cloud leadership and have even greater access to IT budgets. On the other hand, hybrid cloud promises the opportunity for VMware and others (including Microsoft and Rackspace) to establish leadership by delivering even greater levels of IT power and efficiency by integrating public and private cloud functionality into more powerful hybrid clouds.
A Tech Perspective
CloudVelocity’s Chief Software Architect Panos Tsirigotis recently blogged about The Power of Hybrid Cloud Deployment, which takes this even further, including how hybrid cloud deployment will deliver solutions and benefits beyond the reach of public and private-confined clouds.
The Hybrid Cloud Gap
Currently this gap is being serviced by a host of cloud migration consultants. A typical migration of a multi-tier enterprise app (without modification of the app itself, including virtualization) can take months and can carry substantial risks. Yet cloud migration itself is not enough to deliver on the hybrid cloud promise, as Panos blogged. Hybrid cloud will unleash new IT operating models and solutions that are today very impractical.
A New Era: Cloud-Integrated Data Centers
Yet we are certainly early on in the evolution from public and private to hybrid cloud. The key solutions are in beta for the most part. Many experts also question how many private cloud deployments are truly clouds, arguing that server virtualization -even if across data centers- does not qualify for cloud status. That is why I think Panos’ blog is an especially noteworthy follow-on to another blog on hybrid cloud requirements by (Panos’ and my) teammate Anand Iyengar, CTO of CloudVelocity.
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