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It’s a Multi-Cloud World with Hybrid on the Horizon



A frequent question we are asked is to help explain the difference between cloud models, especially hybrid and multi-cloud. At HPE Global Partner Conference (GPC), we worked closely with 451 Research to help set the record straight.

Instead of defining Public Cloud and Private Cloud – which are well understood and accepted – we are focusing now on how customers use cloud as they transform their businesses. Here is a quick definition of the models that we outlined during our growth session keynote at GPC with Michelle Bailey. (She is essentially Chief Research Officer at 451):

Single Cloud: A company focuses essentially on a single cloud environment. This is common for born-on-the-cloud start-ups

Multi-Cloud (limited interoperability): A company uses multiple cloud environments, but there is little of no interoperability between them. Increasingly more common with multiple lines-of-business and distributed IT.

Multi-Cloud (with interoperability): Multiple cloud environments that migrate workloads or data between different cloud environments. An example is an analytics workload that is frequently moved around to take advantage of the best economics

Hybrid Cloud: Multiple cloud environments seamlessly supporting the delivery of a single business function. An example is PaaS platform that allows for a single developer to rapidly deploy software across multiple clouds that work together… take ultra-low latency through specific data locality, for example.

multicloud reality.pngSource: 451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise Cloud Computing 2016

The reality is that true hybrid cloud is a top ambition but today a very small part of the market. By 2018, 451 Research predicts that 30% of all workloads will be running on a private cloud. That compares to 10% on a public cloud. Another 16% will be using a SaaS solution. The remainder represents traditional “non-cloud” IT.

workloadshift.pngSource: 451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise Cloud Computing

As workload portability and data interoperability become easier between clouds, the market for hybrid cloud will accelerate and transcend private and public clouds. Containerization, multi-cloud API compatibility, and cloud brokerage are example investment efforts that are making the hybrid cloud more than ambition, but a reality.

The Road to Hybrid, Begins with Private Cloud

One gigantic and growing barrier is that public clouds have no intention to embrace compatibility with other public clouds. This is an interesting lock-in of sorts that will make an exit strategy an important requirement in every CIOs backup plans. But, private clouds, such as HPE Helion, care very much about multi-cloud compatibility, and offer support for AWS, Azure as well as OpenStack API’s and standards. Making hybrid easy is going to be critical. This is at the heart of the world’s #1 private cloud infrastructure solution, HPE Helion CloudSystem.


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