Hybrid cloud – our world for decades to come
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger’s ‘crack team of researchers’ found out that global IT workloads are increasing, as is the cloud-based share of these workloads; by 2021 about 50-percent of these workloads (north of 200 million operating system instances) would be on the cloud, while the balance would be in traditional IT environments.
Of these 50-percent cloud-based workloads, 30-percent would be on public clouds while 20-percent would be hosted in private cloud environments. By 2030, public cloud would be hosting a majority of workloads at 52-percent, while private clouds would account for 29-percent.
Today, most companies are going the hybrid cloud way, putting their workloads on a combination of public cloud and private cloud as it is supposed to yield the optimum result in terms of performance, scalability and security.
But building out a private cloud can be a daunting task, and VMware’s Cloud Foundation (VCF) is touted to be their next iteration of the hyperconverged infrastructure, something they began with a software bundling of Virtual SAN, vSphere and vCenter Server for management.
VCF is a step closer towards their vision of the software-defined data centre (SDDC) with vSphere, Virtual SAN, NSX and also SDDC Manager.
Gelsinger described that with VCF now, “…we make the private cloud easy.”
Hybrid – our world for decades to come?
The CEO also observed service providers today, becoming managed cloud providers for their customers and stated, “… a lot of vCloud Air partners are having success here. This is a huge area that is growing for service providers.”
In fact, VCF is also delivered as-a-service by VMware’s vCloud Air Network service provider ecosystem. Notably, IBM is the first cloud partner to offer VCF as a fully automated service, and IBM’s Senior Vice President for IBM Cloud, Robert LeBlanc described that instead of taking eight to ten weeks to stand up a cloud data centre, they are able to help customers set up in a matter of hours.
But being able to use a combination of private and public clouds, holds a lot of appeal still for businesses.
It is also the perfect scenario for VMware’s Cross-Cloud Architecture to leverage off, by enabling VMware customers to run, manage, connect and secure their apps across different clouds and devices, in a common operating environment.
Comprising of VMware Cloud Foundation, Cross-Cloud Services and vRealize cloud management platform, Cross-Cloud Architecture is claimed to be the world’s most complete and capable hybrid cloud architecture.
Gelsinger said, “Sometimes, clouds are built on (VMware technologies), sometimes not. Cross-cloud is allowing freedom of choice across different public clouds with security and compliance.”
He also described the architecture as allowing businesses to finally have freedom and control of their IT environment, not unlike being a parent to a teenager whom you can both love and like.
(This journalist was a guest of VMware’s to VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas, US)