Hybrid Cloud environments are growing in popularity among large corporations as they enable them to use the benefits of public and private infrastructures to create a safe and secure environment where they can host applications. IT industry analyst Gartner predicts that the “Hybrid Cloud Model” would be used by the majority of enterprises by 2017 as it was key to delivering agility, while TechNavio estimated the market to be worth more than £51.4 billion by the end of the decade.
Hybrid deployment enables firms to leverage both technical expertise and cost-effective strategies through Cloud networking, security and management. This provides scalability, faster deployment and other benefits, which are vital to firms in the digital age and sought after by those still using out-dated, on-premise solutions. About 70% of corporations are now using at least one public Cloud service with IDC predicting that SaaS solutions will account for $1 of every $4 spent on applications during the next three years. The majority of these public Cloud products, platforms and software are also connected to services in the corporate data centre.
Forrester Consulting says: “Whether your company uses SaaS or deploys applications to a Cloud platform, there is a high likelihood those services are connecting back to at least one resource in your data centre. For example, enterprises using SaaS-based sales force automation software usually connect this application to their on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP), finance or eCommerce systems – that integration makes your environment a Hybrid Cloud.”
Forrester adds that firms need to begin acknowledging the “reality” of the Hybrid Cloud and begin managing it now rather than viewing it as a “mythical” state. Industry expert and vice president of HP Worldwide Cloud, Steve Dietch concludes: “This is where the value of Hybrid Cloud IT comes – where applications are deployed in a private, managed or public Cloud environment depending on the specific needs of that particular application.”
Cloud agility provides firms with a key competitive differentiator, but the UK remains behind in this regard due to its slow adoption of the Hybrid Cloud, a new study by Oracle shows. Just 21% of IT leaders in the UK understand the public cloud platform – compared to 43% in Germany, 37% in the US and 34% in China. These countries are also more progressive in terms of embracing new mobile apps and the effective mobilisation of key activities via services and applications. A staggering 30% of firms believe mobile apps are now the most important aspect of a Cloud and IT infrastructure.
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