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Is Hybrid Cloud a Long Run for the Enterprise?

Hybrid Cloud is the technology been reiterated to transform the Cloud Computing. This very technology is said to end all arguments on adopting the Private or the Public form of cloud with enhanced security levels and providing all the IT ROI’s to the CIOs and the budding start-ups.

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Indeed, one question wanders as how far is the Hybrid Cloud to hit the mainstream?

The hybrid cloud computing model is still “two to five” years away from achieving mainstream adoption, according to Gartner, with just 15% of enterprises currently using it.

Straightly, 68 percent of companies say that if they would downsize all their data centers tomorrow in favor of public or hybrid cloud-based solutions. That’s not just obvious cost-cutting; 61 percent believe cloud, especially hybrid cloud, is a more secure way of hosting their company’s applications and data than on-site data centers.

The market watcher’s latest Hype Cycle report into emerging technologies suggests hybrid cloud is presently in the “trough of disillusionment” phase of adoption, whereby interest in technology tends to wane as the result of failed experiments and implementations.

At present, it predicts between 10% and 15% of enterprises have adopted a hybrid IT strategy, in which they have employed a mix of on-premise, private and public cloud services. The report also said that in the mid-market, hybrid cloud adoption stands at less than 10%.

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For the ‘post-nexus’ stages, Gartner describes the first as digital business, whereby physical assets will be digitalised and will become equal actors in the value chain. Wearables, virtual and augmented reality and quantum computing form part of this sector. The second, autonomous, defines an enterprise’s ability to leverage technologies that, in essence, replace human capabilities.

Opined of James Butler, chief technology officer of Trustmarque, hybrid cloud should be on the CIO’s mindset as soon as possible. “Taking an incremental approach to hybrid cloud gives CIOs a platform to lead real business change from the centre, and avoid being bypassed or replaced,”he wrote in this publication back in June. “By driving the strategy and promoting the positive benefits of cloud, CIOs will reduce risks and maximise investments; rather than simply ignoring cloud and falling behind.”

“While most companies will use some form of hybrid cloud computing during the next three years, more advanced approaches lack maturity and suffer from significant setup and operational complexity,” it stated.

“Positioning on the Hype Cycle [Gartner’s research methodology for interpreting technology hype] advances towards the trough of disillusionment as organisations continue to gain experience in designing cloud-native and optimised services, and seek to optimise their spending across on-premise and off-premise cloud services.”

Entering the so-called trough of disillusionment tends to occur after a technology has been lauded as the next big thing, even if its commercial viability is unproven, and has garnered a mix of early failure and success stories.

Other technologies currently languishing in this stage of the Gartner Hype Cycle include self-driving cars, augmented reality tools and cryptocurrency exchanges.

Hybrid cloud is the platform that will dominate the industry moving forward, says Vikrant Karnik, a senior vice president at Capgemini who oversees the system integrator’s cloud consulting business. He works with large enterprise customers to plan and execute their cloud strategies and says that many of the big financial and pharmaceutical companies, for instance, will likely never be comfortable migrating their entire IT operations into the public cloud.

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Wearables, virtual and augmented reality and quantum computing form part of this sector. The second, autonomous, defines an enterprise’s ability to leverage technologies that, in essence, replace human capabilities.

In the case of hybrid cloud, the fact it is pegged as up to five years away from achieving mainstream adoption may come as a surprise to some, given that it is repeatedly being talked up by the likes of Vmware, HP, Microsoft and Intel as the preferred way for enterprises to consume IT.

However, Andy Soanes, chief technology officer of IT consultancy firm Bell Integration, said he’s unsurprised by Gartner’s placing of the technology, as enterprises are still trying to find a way to make the hybrid model work for them.

“Finding the sweet spot – where the business is gaining the maximum benefit from a perfect balance of on-premise IT, private cloud and public cloud services – can be extremely difficult,” he said.

“On the other hand, IT should be wary of excessive caution by keeping applications in-house when it no longer benefits the business to do so. Losing control of an application, or putting the organisation at risk or failing compliance, is an understandable worry,” he added.

Whatever the scenario portray today; in the coming days engulfing smart IT budgets and the burden of scaling up their existing architectures to match the business levels will knock the doors for new enhancements. Hybrid continues to grow as it is the solution that offers organisations the best of both worlds. Hybrid Cloud also provides IT with a richer set of automated monitoring and management tools for a better integrated computing environment. With mundane tasks automated and management simplified, IT is better able to control and optimize the platform while improving infrastructure performance and cost. Therewith, Hybrid Cloud can take the stance rigorously in the coming days.

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