Evaluation Hybrid Cloud Strategic Options For…

Recently Wikibon looked at the state of play for hybrid clouds in a research posting called “Beyond Virtualization: from Consolidation to Orchestration and Automation”. The general conclusions were:

The key business driver behind a strategy is to increase the value of applications to the end-user and the business. As a consequence, projects require:

Buy-in and leadership as business-led initiatives, with an application focus;

Clear strategic milestones and goals for each stage, with an expectation of constant re-evaluation and pre-planning;

Hybrid is early in the development cycle and very early in the adoption cycle;

Hybrid cloud adoption is a strategic imperative, in order to be competitive with applications deployed on in-house private clouds, and take advantage of workloads that would be better suited for deployment on public clouds with better access to big data and the internet of things (industrial internet);

One key component is seamless migration from private to and from public clouds, and seamless migration between public clouds;

Virtualization, orchestration and automation were essential elements of effective migration strategies;

Virtualization, orchestration and automation of storage is one of the biggest challenges for hybrid cloud (virtualization of servers with hypervisors and containerization is advanced, and the virtualization of networks is technically simpler than storage).

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