What is Hybrid Cloud? and What are the Top Hybrid Cloud Solutions for 2021?
So, let’s dive right in. What is hybrid cloud? At its simplest, a hybrid cloud is any IT architecture that spans multiple different environments, such as on-premises and public or private cloud solutions, or multiple public commodity clouds, for example.
As flexibility and agility continue to be prized in the enterprise environment, according to Gartner, more than three-quarters of medium-sized and large organizations will have shifted their business strategy to hybrid cloud by 2021. Here are the players that are making this adoption possible, and what they do best.
AWS Hybrid Cloud Solutions
AWS is the giant of all cloud-solutions, with 33% of the entire cloud market. Their strongest cloud solution is AWS Outposts, an innovative way to keep your hybrid cloud environment consistent both on-premises and on the cloud. Organizations can use all the same operating models and AWS services, but locally in your data center. As the environment is fully managed by AWS, you can say goodbye to the complexity of new APIs, the need for third-party support and maintenance, or out of the blue updates or feature changes that add friction to the way you work. If you’re utilizing a hybrid cloud environment that is both on-premises and on AWS, Outposts is a great recommendation for your organizational needs.
Azure Cloud Solutions
Microsoft Azure’s hybrid cloud solutions include Azure Stack. The basics are a unified code base that can be used anywhere, whether that’s on Azure cloud, on-premises, or in new and exciting cloud computing such as the edge. In particular, Azure Stack Hub is built perfectly for the edge, where computing and storage is pushed closer to where it’s needed, improving latency and therefore speed and cost. This is perfect for new cloud technology such as IoT, as it allows such real-time insight, that you can even get information from your IoT devices before it has been sent to the cloud. Azure Stack is also great for organizations who are embracing cloud migration, but need to keep some applications or data on-premises or on VMs locally, for security or business considerations.
IBM Cloud Solutions
The IBM cloud has just 5% of the market, but is a popular enterprise choice for business cloud computing. In particular, IBM Cloud Pak are software solutions that use AI to accelerate business use cases on the hybrid cloud. They use IBM Watson to leverage predictive analysis, automate processes that couldn’t be completed manually, optimize employee workloads, and better understand the end user. As the Cloud Pak solutions are built using the IBM Red Hat Platform, they can be launched on any hybrid cloud environment, after being built once. Another benefit of Red Hat – it makes using containerized environments and Kubernetes a whole lot easier, as IBM is the first cloud provider to integrate with OpenShift 4.
HPE Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Hybrid cloud solutions as a service? Sounds meta, but that’s exactly what Hewlett Packard are offering, with their HPE Greenlake solution. Often when a business starts out with a hybrid cloud strategy, they don’t know how to avoid wasted resources or overspend, so a managed service is exactly the right soft landing. HPE will allow you to create your perfect hybrid cloud environment, choosing the services that suit your specific workloads, and enjoying a truly vendor-agnostic multi cloud ecosystem. Pay for what you use, and scale up as necessary, managing all of your private and public cloud environments from one centralized dashboard. Perfect for a multi-cloud deployment model. see three or more
VNT Hybrid Cloud Solutions
The more environments you’re managing, the lower your visibility is going to be, and the harder it is to see how everything acts upon each other. One change to one application, and you could end up with a domino effect that you seriously don’t like, and that you didn’t see coming. This challenge is VNT’s sweet spot, offering hybrid dependency mapping that can show you an accurate, real-time view of even the most complex ecosystem. It can help you right size your instances, accurately plan and implement a cloud migration strategy, and understand the true cost behind your data transfers.
Understanding the Need for Hybrid Cloud Solution
According to the Flexera, State of Technology Spend Report 2020, the amount of money going into cloud projects is not yet larger than the amount companies spend on-premises. That means that despite the buzz around the cloud, on-premises deployments aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Whether you have a few critical systems on-prem, a full-blown hybrid cloud ecosystem, or a multi-cloud deployment model, we want to help you visualize it better. Let’s talk.