A versatile mix of both public and private cloud, hybrid cloud’s flexibility is its greatest advantage.
What is absolutely certain is that hybrid cloud deployment is poised to take the IT industry by storm. In a survey taken at a recent Microsoft conference in the US, 53% were found to already be pursuing a hybrid strategy. Out of the key business decision-makers in attendance, 90% stated they were already investing in the cloud. Following the recent high-profile partnership deal between hybrid cloud provider VMware and Amazon, interest in this cloud model is soaring in the US and it won’t be long before the UK market races to catch up.
With all the benefits of private and public cloud, the rise of hybrid cloud is good news and will make developers’ and business owners’ lives a whole lot simpler.
How Hybrid will improve Developers’ Workflow
One of the hardest parts of software development isn’t necessarily anything to do with the actual coding – it’s dealing with the clash between what you’re being asked to deliver and what functions the code can actually perform.
How hybrid cloud can help with this aspect of developer life is providing more flexibility to better meet varying client demands. Traditionally, companies look to using a public cloud so they can scale their service during spikes in usage, a private cloud is more relevant when sensitive data comes into play. With the increasing uptake of hybrid cloud, developers will now be able to satisfy both of these demands. It’s much easier to provide the exact service your client wants than spend five minutes explaining the cloud’s limitations to them!
Why Businesses should go Hybrid
Hybrid cloud can also be aligned with international businesses’ strategic goals: back in August, luxury handbag brand Anya Hindmarch announced their migration to a hybrid cloud platform.
As the global retailer’s CIO Dan Orteu explained, the flexibility the platform provides will facilitate collaboration between their staff based across 45 different countries. More flexible cloud provision, without the obligation to build further infrastructure, opens up a whole range of opportunities for a global company like Anya Hindmarch. Hybrid cloud isn’t just making everyday tasks on the cloud easier – it is providing strong enough IT support for a business to expand rapidly on a global scale.
What you’ll need to Implement Hybrid Cloud
Getting started is not necessarily straightforward, but certainly worth the effort. A few things to consider:
- You’ll need API compatibility and dependable network connectivity for private and public cloud to be able to interact with each other
- If you’re used to the private cloud, the potential service disruptions the public cloud is often subject to can come as a surprise – using several different public cloud providers is one solution
- Your hybrid cloud workloads may have to be redesigned to adapt to the various different public cloud providers’ APIs
Could you become a Hybrid Cloud Expert?
Amazon’s partnership between its own cloud services Amazon Web Services and hybrid cloud provider VMware is proof of the investment the IT industry is making in hybrid cloud. AWS is in itself already vastly successful. Last quarter, it was Amazon’s most profitable segment, racking up $2.9bn in revenues.
For cloud specialists looking to future-proof their career, hybrid cloud is a huge opportunity. Here are some of the skillsets that will be increasingly in demand:
If you have expertise in any of the above, you should consider adding hybrid cloud to your skillset – there is huge demand for your knowledge and you might as well take advantage!
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