We started the Hybrid Hive with the intention of bringing together some of the best minds in the business to explore the latest trends in Hybrid IT.
The idea was – and still is – to get right into the nitty-gritty of what makes this approach so effective and give our readers insight they can apply back in the real world.
With 2017 well underway now, I thought I’d chat to one of our partners to get their view on the most important Hybrid IT trends we’re likely to see in the coming months.
James Weir is co-founder and CTO of cloud software management and delivery platform UShareSoft – a man who knows more than a little bit about the inner workings of an effective Hybrid approach!
Here’s what he had to say…
1. Hybrid IT is the new normal
James echoed our own research we released last year, in which IT leaders across the world told us they saw Hybrid as the inevitable future of corporate IT.
“It has become the new normal,” he said. “We’ve been talking about Hybrid IT since 2014, but last year it really came into its own as cloud technologies matured and enterprises looked to (Hybrid IT) as an enabler for digital transformation.”
2. It’s all about multi-cloud now
Enterprises are now talking ‘clouds’ rather than ‘the cloud’, James argued. RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud survey found that companies are using or experimenting with an average of eight different clouds – four public and three private.
But what does this mean for Hybrid IT?
“You could see it as Hybrid IT on steroids,” James said. “Typically, multi-cloud involves using numerous cloud services from a various cloud providers, spreading your cloud applications across different suppliers.
“As cloud matures, enterprises are using one cloud for data sovereignty, one for cost efficiency, another for workload performance and so on.”
3. IaaS is on the rise
James argued that most public cloud successes to date have been cloud-native ‘greenfield’ deployments (i.e. something that hadn’t been done before). But soon, he said, enterprises will start seriously looking at public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) for improving efficiency and performance.
But he doesn’t think many organisations will be looking to take on an ‘all-in-cloud’ strategy, meaning those firms will be on the look-out for strategic partners to support them.
“They’ll be looking for vendors with broad, well-integrated offerings,” he said. “Partners that can support them across both multiple clouds and traditional data centres.
4. DevOps and automation are more important than ever
“The use of DevOps and automation in application development and release are becoming increasingly important for Mode 1 and Mode 2 applications,” James said.
This is being driven, he argued, by the need for speed, control and consistency.
“Hybrid IT is becoming more complex,” he said. “There are a multitude of environments to support, and companies are constantly looking for ways to improve agility.”
5. The future is serverless
This desire for more agile, flexible and rapidly changing environments will also prompt a move towards serverless computing or ‘function-as-a-service’ – a platform that enables companies to develop and run apps without the need to build and maintain the supporting infrastructure.
“In this cloud computing model, the provider fully manages the infrastructure – virtual machines, for example – to serve application requests so the developer doesn’t have to think about server resources.”
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