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‘Hybrid’ Is the New Cloud Craze

When over 90% of IT decision makers say that Hybrid Cloud is the ideal model computing for business, it has to mean something significant. (Source: https://www.nutanix.com/enterprise-cloud-index/)

The other telling sign was IBM’s recent USD34 Billion acquisition of Red Hat that helped Big Blue to leapfrog to being the world’s leading Hybrid cloud provider.

IBM knows, as well as all cloud providers, that while CIOs are loving ‘Hybrid’ today, only less than 20% of them actually use this model, with their business still stuck on wholly running Public OR Private clouds.

Hybrid Cloud means different things to different IT camps. It could mean leveraging both public and private clouds to store different components of the business, such as storing data on-premise (private cloud) while running applications and renting infrastructure from 3rd party public clouds.

Yes, Hybrid means having the best of both worlds and best practices — The scalability and cost efficiencies of the Public Cloud AND the security and data privacy compliance advantage of the Private Cloud.

With the Hybrid Cloud as the default computing model, this means that the world has moved into Phase 2 of the Cloud trend – which is moving mission critical business applications from private, to public clouds.

And this move entails the leveraging technologies such as containers, Kubernetes and open technologies – that also help in managing enterprise data to move seamlessly and securely between both cloud platforms.

In the world of Cloud, AWS remains the most trusted hybrid cloud brand. However China’s Alibaba is coming up really strong, with Alibaba Cloud’s revenues growing by 84% in the latest quarter touching USD4 Billion on an annual basis.

No doubt that Alibaba Cloud will face challenges outside of China with the current US and China trade sentiments, but it is no surprise if they will overcome this political-based barrier.

In its continual push for Hybrid Cloud, Alibaba has partnered with VMWare, HPE and Commvault, amongst many others, in effort to strengthen its Hybrid Cloud offering. Its launch of the Aspara Stack mid last year, is yet another example of Alibaba Cloud’s Hybrid push as Aspara allows enterprises run the Alibaba Cloud within their own data center as part of a hybrid or private cloud deployment.

Apsara Stack is delivered in collaboration with HPE,  and while similar to Microsoft’s Azure Stack, Alibaba claims that “…Apsara Stack is not subject to deployment limits and can scale as needed.”

Meanwhile, IBM’s acquisition also bought it Red Hat’s OpenShift offering that helps traditional businesses to get their applications onto the Cloud – this means allowing traditional enterprises with on-premise assets (ie. applications and data hosted on private clouds) to talk to those workloads that are in the Public Cloud.

Not only that, IBM’s move to hybrid also meant opening up its Watson AI to be used with other cloud platforms too https://www.enterpriseitnews.com.my/cloud-2019-the-battlefield-gets-crowded/

At the same time, talks is that Microsoft and VMware will be cosying up in Hybrid Cloud space soon with a “groundbreaking partnership that will bring a fully supported version of VMware’s virtualized compute infrastructure into the Azure cloud.”

In the rush to stake claim to hybrid workloads, we expect to hear more of such partnerships between Public and Private Cloud providers in the immediate future.

Far gone are the days where cloud were imagined as just Public ones whereby applications are hosted on the Internet in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, and Private clouds those which deploy virtualization to manage inhouse assets.

Hybrid is the Cloud-craze now, and we are right in the middle of it.