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Hybrid Cloud: it’s a no-brainer



Companies today are under pressure to adapt to the “new way of working”, and a successful transition necessitates a different strategy for digital transformation. This transformation exposes issues, and hampers efforts to provision resources quickly to meet business needs, as well as manage and protect data (wherever it may be).

This longer-term strategy needs to focus on what technology can provide for better business outcomes. And to be successful, it needs to be based on a broader, hybrid model.

For many companies, digital transformation meant adopting a “cloud-first” strategy, with the belief that going to the cloud will drive down costs and bring business and operational benefits. Yet, this approach has not always been successful. While there has been a significant uptake of cloud services among South African businesses, most early adopters faced a multitude of challenges.


What are the barriers to cloud adoption?

  • Data sovereignty is a big challenge, driven by compliance and regulatory measures like the POPI Act. Companies need to know where their data is. If they use a hyperscaler, they may not know whether the data is in-country or not, let alone where their backup data is stored.
  • A significant obstacle is the time and cost to refactor legacy apps and move to the cloud.
  • The ongoing operational expense of hyperscaler usage has proved to be costly for many early adopters. Companies tend to use multi clouds in addition to their on-premises estate. This leads to a much more complex IT operation, more toolsets and skills required, unpredictable costs, inability to control risk and manage compliance. All of which put the business at risk.
  • Complex and disparate operating environments that require different skills to manage.


What is driving companies to a hybrid cloud strategy?

  • A “cloud-first” policy is usually about cost. Many organisations believed that cloud would allow them to save on IT budgets. The reality is that 70% of enterprise workloads remain on prem – not all workloads and applications can be moved to the cloud.
  • Hybrid cloud is not simply combining public and private clouds for your workloads, it is the cloud experience everywhere – in your data centre, in a co-location facility or at the Edge.
  • Companies want to achieve everything-as-a-service outcomes with security and governance built in, and pricing flexibility through a consumption-based model.
  • Companies are finding themselves with a hybrid cloud environment and having to adjust their long-term strategy accordingly.
  • Finding the right mix of cloud services is critical to digital transformation and will help to optimize business outcomes.  
  • The key to making hybrid cloud work is a unified management interface and operating environment which eliminates the requirement for businesses to retain two sets of skills – on-premises and cloud – introducing further cost savings and reducing complexity


Why are organisations considering hybrid cloud?

  • Digital transformation is redefining customer experiences in every industry. The first wave of digital transformation was provided by public cloud, offering a great experience – with speed and agility. The world today is hybrid and multi-cloud, and most organisations do business with two or more cloud service providers.
  • The next step is to bring the same cloud speed, agility, and as-a-service model to the 70% of apps and data that are outside the cloud. And this is where GreenLake delivers, providing flexibility with consumption-based pricing; shifting large Capex spend to monthly Opex costs.
  • Legacy apps will no longer be the barrier to digital transformation, and save on cost, risk, and time to move data and refactor apps.
  • The IT Operating model needs to evolve – to provide a consistent cloud experience for managing all apps and workloads. GreenLake Central provides a single pane of glass to compare workloads on premise with hyperscale environments. This enables organisations to have the information to choose the right location to optimize costs.
  • A hybrid strategy provides the modern cloud experience for all apps and data, across data centres, multi-clouds and edges, and provides data insights to better manage capacity, performance, compliance and cost.


What will make hybrid cloud succeed?

  • Upfront planning and getting the balance right
  • Managing the hybrid cloud environment as a whole – not siloed
  • GreenLake will provide an as-a-service offering that delivers on-demand capacity and planning - by combining the agility and economics of public cloud with the security and performance of on-premises IT.

Rachel Cooke
Hewlett Packard Enterprise


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