Although organizations continue to run legacy applications and workloads on-premises today, many of these applications are expanding into the cloud. Hybrid IT and multicloud environments took a big step in 2018 and are poised to continue that momentum into 2019. We saw big moves from two major players that validate these claims.
Amazon Web Services announced a hybrid-cloud offering, Outposts. As described by Michael Cooney of Network World in his article, he states “AWS took square aim at the data center this week by tying in VMware technology and rolling out two new services and on-premise hardware to help customers build and support hybrid clouds.”
The second move was from IBM and their acquisition of Red Hat. In his Forbes article, Panos Mourdoukoutas states, “IBM is betting big on the next emerging cloud market — the ‘hybrid’ multicloud. Red Hat will bring to IBM an innovative hybrid cloud platform, and a vast open source developer community.”
The Hybrid IT model is growing at a time where data is expanding at exponential rates and the need for instant access, across multiple geographies, is essential. To keep up with this on-demand nature, organizations are moving to the cloud. While seeming like the obvious answer, many organizations find that the cloud alone may not fulfill all of their needs. For example, an organization with HIPAA and PCI regulations may run into roadblocks when looking to utilize a public cloud. In other instances, the cloud may exceed an organization’s IT budget. Therefore, hybrid IT environments which include on-premise and cloud, are necessary to accommodate this changing IT landscape.
It is estimated that within the next five years, almost all enterprises will embrace a hybrid multicloud strategy. Additionally, cloud-native business applications will be faster, with more portability, security and on-demand features, while looking to drive consistent cloud management across multiple environments. Having a single platform with automated functionality and security capabilities will be a crucial part of maintaining a successful hybrid IT environment for many years to come. Most organizations do not have the resources or expertise necessary to maintain such a cloud management platform and usually turn to a third party to fulfill their needs.
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