What top trends are you seeing in the hybrid cloud market right now?
A multi-cloud environment which is a coalescence of on-premises or private cloud resources integrated with third-party public cloud resources that use orchestration between them where in over one public cloud is deployed on the premise to tailor their architecture to the unique need of their business and not get stuck with just one type of cloud solution when the requirement might change in the future.
The top trends in the hybrid cloud include:
1. Role of Hybrid cloud as default IT infrastructure model for businesses: Dominance and growth of hybrid cloud is observed in the IT sector as it provides businesses to combine public, private and on-premise infrastructure to drive growth. This gives businesses strategic control over what runs where and how and accordingly plan resource utilization, cost optimization, application, security postures and so on.
2. Flexibility & containerization makes it imperative to adopt cloud: Flexibility for the businesses to put their workloads wherever it makes most sense has been enabled and in trend with hybrid cloud, developers want to build once and deploy anywhere. This is workable with containerization. The growing number of hybrid cloud deployments is speeding up the demand for enterprise container infrastructure as companies seek a consistent application development environment which enables enterprises to deploy workloads in private IT environments or public clouds and move between them.
It also benefits organizations that require access and share data with supply chains that may work across diverse application and data standards. Growing levels of innovation will see start-ups creating services that simplify the process of containerization.
The popularity of using micro services-based architectures and containerization stems from the business need for an architecture that is agile and built to scale. It allows for faster, easier code update and enables components to be scaled independently.
3. Hybrid Cloud enabling AI and Automation & Edge computing: AI and automation has penetrated everywhere possible for its immense value offerings, like process efficiency, profitability, revenue growth and so on. Hybrid cloud-based service as a software enables users to access machine learning functions like image recognition tool, language processing, recommendation engines and so on under the pre-set budget and with any level of skill. ML also plays a big part in the logistic processes that keep cloud data centres up and running and will continue to play a crucial role in becoming more widely deployed by enterprises of all sizes and in all fields.
AI and 5G will also facilitate expansion of edge computing use cases. Facilitation of deployment of edge drives hybrid cloud adoption to computing. It spans from enterprises computing core out to the edge service providers to user sites to sensor networks. If hybrid cloud is a reality, the growth of edge is inevitable.
What providers, platforms and solutions are dominating the market?
The dominance of the hybrid cloud market is attributed to Amazon, Azure and GCP.
Microsoft Azure offers various hybrid cloud products & services like Azure Stack, Azure Defender, Azure Arc that enterprise can leverage for competitive edge.
Microsoft Azure offers several hybrid cloud products and services that companies can leverage for competitive advantage, such as Azure Stack, Azure Defender, Azure Arc, etc. Whereas GCP runs a container-forward hybrid cloud strategy. On the other hand, AWS took years to acknowledge the hybrid cloud model, let alone create services specifically for this type of architecture and ended up tying up with VMware cloud as a major hybrid cloud offering.
IBM and Red Hat focus hybrid cloud capabilities around IBM cloud and Red Hat cloud suit, with the latter being a flexible Kubernetes container platform to manage hybrid cloud deployments. Developers can build applications and run workloads on red hat OpenShift and host clusters on premises or on big three.
Dell EMC Hybrid cloud platform provides hybrid and multi-cloud as a service with the benefit of single vendor experience.
What are the top benefits and use cases for enterprises that use hybrid cloud techniques and tools?
Top benefits for enterprises, especially mobile app development companies like ours, to use hybrid cloud include cost efficiency, security, agility, scalability, flexibility. It can easily manage & accommodate their remote teams with access to decentralized data.
Businesses also take advantage of strategic implications of hybrid approach that balances performance, simplification of application integration, compliance and governance policies & requirements across the enterprise and help innovate quickly.
Businesses have concerns over their data security and privacy when moving to the cloud. A hybrid cloud can ease these concerns to keep sensitive information protected and within the premises. Highly regulated and confidential data storage businesses like hospitals and healthcare providers use hybrid cloud to store sensitive data like patient records and less sensitive workloads can be offloaded to cloud like accounts or finances for better performance and cost saving.
Greater flexibility for developers in IT infrastructure in 3 ways. First, it is cost effective as it abides to pay as you go model so enterprise pay as and when resources needed. Second, the resources provision is very dynamic within the reach of a few clicks, saving time. Thirdly allows temporary allocation of cloud capacity for short periods abandoning the need of virtual servers in the cloud.