Prepping for Hybrid Enterprise
The emerging trend from the last few cloud-years is the inevitability of the hybrid enterprise. The momentum of cloud is growing. Almost all organizations are using some sort of SaaS application, if only email or file sharing in the cloud. Recent studies show that there is far more use of SaaS applications in the enterprise than most enterprises know of or would care to admit.
The tremendous growth figures from AWS, Azure, SoftLayer show that IaaS in the cloud has found its place. The shift is happening as cloud IaaS is moving from small app/dev instances to a growing number of production instances to the cloud. This has been the crossing the chasm event that many have been waiting to see to validate the cloud hype.
Two forces have been in play for on-prem cloud. The first is the growing momentum of off-prem IaaS. The simplicity and efficiency of provisioning and de-provisioning is recognized across the enterprise and now is being sought and demanded for on-prem resources. Users want a services catalog approach for on-prem assets like the familiar AWS model. The second force is the market acceptance of converged infrastructure (CI). CI is highly virtualized so abstracting services is simpler and has been a catalyst to start to break down the people and process siloes within the data center. We are moving away from compute, storage and network “dudes” and retooling these resources to be services providers.
With IaaS capabilities being consumed both off-prem and on-prem, the next step is orchestrating workloads between the two environments as business needs change. This bursting concept requires both business and technology disciplines and efforts to gain the expected efficiencies. Enterprises are moving more slowly in this area as it matures from concepts to best practices. Integration is another concepts as applications live both on and off-prem with shared data sets. Integrating these applications is another frontier for the hybrid enterprise.
There also are overarching themes for the hybrid enterprise like security, monitoring and capacity planning. These all mean more tools with the question of “is what we are using today going to be effective for this new model, or does this mean even more tools I need to purchase and manage?” Let’s hear it for more tools…
Composite workloads moving across multiple domains require significant planning. CMI has the experience and the focus to help bring hybrid home. More to come in future blogs.
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