5 Things You Should Know About Hybrid Cloud - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Cloud
News
5/17/2018
08:00 AM
Cynthia Harvey
Cynthia Harvey
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

5 Things You Should Know About Hybrid Cloud

Many enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud strategies, but in doing so, they face significant challenges.
Previous
1 of 6
Next

Enterprise IT leaders say that they are embracing hybrid cloud and multicloud strategies — but they don’t always agree on what those terms mean. That leads to complexity and confusion.

In the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud report, 81% of the 997 technology professionals surveyed said that they have a multi-cloud strategy, and 51% said that they have a hybrid strategy. However, a separate Hybrid Cloud Survey from vendor Stratoscale, got a wide range of answers to the question “What does ‘hybrid cloud’ mean to you?” The two most popular answers were that different workloads belong in different environments (39%) and the ability to move workloads between private and public clouds (38%).

Similarly, in a recent Forrester Research report titled “Top 10 Facts Every Tech Leader Should Know about Hybrid Cloud,” lead author Lauren E. Nelson pointed out that 74% of North American and European enterprise IT infrastructure decision makers surveyed by her firm described their cloud strategy as hybrid. But when Forrester asked what “hybrid cloud” means, answers varied widely. The most popular answer, selected by 25% of respondents was “multiple public and private clouds,” followed by “integrating public cloud with our non-cloud on-premises infrastructure and data” (23%).

“Hybrid cloud means very little,” Nelson concluded. “Hybrid cloud, as the market defines it, is the use of cloud in parallel with other technologies — cloud or non-cloud. It’s cloud plus anything. Essentially, it describes every organization, but with absolutely no specificity.”

Because the definition of what constitutes hybrid cloud is both so murky and so all-encompassing, IT leaders understandably have a difficult time figuring out how to prepare for and manage these new environments. They often lack visibility into what their counterparts at other companies are doing or how best practices are evolving.

Nelson’s report offered up 10 observations that could help enterprises craft their hybrid and multicloud strategies. The following slideshow summarizes five of those findings.

Image: Pixabay
Image: Pixabay

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 6
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
The Staying Power of Legacy Systems
Mary E. Shacklett, Mary E. Shacklett,  4/15/2019
Commentary
Q&A: Red Hat's Robert Kratky Discusses Essentials of Docs
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  4/15/2019
Commentary
How Cloud Shifts Security Balance of Power to the Good Guys
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  4/11/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
2018 State of the Cloud
2018 State of the Cloud
Cloud adoption is growing, but how are organizations taking advantage of it? Interop ITX and InformationWeek surveyed technology decision-makers to find out, read this report to discover what they had to say!
Video
Current Issue
A New World of IT Management in 2019
This IT Trend Report highlights how several years of developments in technology and business strategies have led to a subsequent wave of changes in the role of an IT organization, how CIOs and other IT leaders approach management, in addition to the jobs of many IT professionals up and down the org chart.
Slideshows
Flash Poll