Why all the hype for hybrid Cloud?

By Patrick Budmar, ARN |  Cloud Computing, hybrid cloud

"Over the past 12 to 18 months, Cloud service provider offerings have expanded, enabling them to deliver services that integrate and complement existing private cloud deployments," Zele said.

The successful expansion of partners' and resellers' public Cloud service strategies is also expected to come into play.

"Partners and resellers are now developing advisory, integration and migration services to support customers as they adopt a hybrid Cloud infrastructure," Zele said.

"This will lead to an increase in the deployment of hybrid Clouds."

Concur Asia-Pacific director of business development, Murray Warner, expects local customisation to drive hybrid Cloud adoption this year.

"Large Cloud computing vendors in markets like Australia will push customisations specific to our local customers by partnering, and working with local application vendors can provide features that they need much faster then we can ever build them individually ourselves," he said.

In the process, large complex software packages will become "fluid" and provide "in-market local capabilities that are consistent with market demands." With Platform-as-a-Service having undergone a shift to become a top priority for Cloud providers, application features, which would have taken custom code and a large effort to integrate with partners in the past, can be ready with re-usable code examples in days.

"It's rare for instance for a Cloud provider to offer a new service that is not consumable via API that is based off Open Standards," Warner said.

He adds that this shift has made the cost of marketing these new hybrid solutions "a fraction" of what it used to be with the old model.

Not only is the hybrid Cloud making its presence felt in 2013, Netgear A/NZ sales engineer, Shane Lord, also expects it to mature rapidly in the coming months.

"Until now, siloed Cloud services have been the norm, with businesses commonly operating one Cloud service for storage, one for email and so on," he said.

For that reason, hybrid Cloud models in 2013 are expected to offer a "single sign-on" approach so that employees can efficiently manage their workloads on the go. The widespread adoption of devices and the introduction of smarter handsets have also created new demand for the secure and scalable Cloud environments, one that the hybrid models of 2013 can make possible.

"Added to this, networks and connection speeds are now fast enough to handle second tier needs, allowing employees to be as active in the field as they are in the office," Lord said.


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