Gartner has identified the hybrid cloud as a key area of emphasis as more businesses have begun embracing the delivery model to maximize the value of the cloud. The research organization expects half of large enterprises to be using the hybrid cloud by 2017, contributing to a situation in which businesses may need to evaluate the best ways to support and manage the technology.
According to Gartner, the move to the hybrid cloud comes, to some degree, as an evolution of private cloud models.
Progressing from the private cloud to hybrid models
The news source explained that three years ago private clouds were a common discussion point among businesses. Over the course of the past few years, the private cloud has exploded onto the scene to the point that approximately half of all large enterprises are now using the technology. The cloud hosting maturation process is following a similar path for the hybrid cloud, as three years from now we may be looking at a hybrid cloud market that is as prominent as private cloud is now.
Thomas Bittman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, explained that organizations must go beyond mere cost considerations when making hybrid cloud plans.
"Virtualization reduces capital expenses, and standards and automation reduce operational expenses," said Bittman. "However, taking the next step of adding usage metrics, self-service offerings and automated provisioning requires investment in technologies without a significant reduction in operational cost. With this in mind, the driving factor for going that next step should primarily be agility."
Bittman went on to point out that the rise of agility as a primary motivating point behind hybrid cloud deployment can contribute to changes in non-cloud IT architectures as well. Developing solutions to improve agility across the IT landscape can prove invaluable as more businesses engage in the hybrid cloud and work to integrate their various technological systems.
Maximizing the value of the cloud
Developing hybrid cloud strategies can put an incredible strain on IT teams, particularly as it can force them to make considerable network and power upgrades to handle the technology. Leasing cloud servers from a vendor that can not only support public cloud services, but also host a company's private cloud systems can play a vital role in improving the agility and responsiveness of the cloud. As a result, an effective vendor partnership can play a vital role in supporting hybrid cloud plans.