An entirely new generation of hybrid cloud solutions and operating models are about to transform IT. This coming transformation is so massive that many professionals today running apps and services in the clouds may even some challenge understanding the full potential of the hybrid cloud and the power of synergy.
Let’s start by connecting the dots between cloud devtest and cloud continuity in a hybrid cloud environment. Most understand that you get an agile, on demand lab in the cloud with pay as you go pricing. What many fail to comprehend, however, is that you get a devtest lab in the cloud that replicates your production environment so well that it could be an actual production environment.
Cloud continuity is a hybrid cloud use case for applications and services to run as needed in case of an outage (for disaster recovery). That same ability that allows you to run seamlessly between data center and the public cloud also enables unprecedented agility and protection, two attributes often separated in today’s isolated private and public cloud world. So much so that it seems incomprehensible to some.
Many cloud pros simply won’t immediately digest the full implications of what cloud synergy via hybrid cloud really means. To them an identical pre-production and production environment in a hybrid cloud is not interesting. They view IT as a collection of entrenched silos, and the potential for unprecedented synergy between otherwise separate departments is a mere novelty.
I think that hybrid cloud will challenge a host of outworn stereotypes of how IT should operate; it will set the stage for a new generation of IT capabilities and operating models, many of which are today beyond our comprehension. Yet they will empower a new generation of visionary cloud practitioners and entrepreneurs.
Part of the problem is the over marketing of the hybrid cloud as a combination of two separate (public and private) clouds. Think of it as clouds without synergy. Too many vendors are talking about hybrid cloud capabilities today as if the manual processes critical to the dream where already automated. They have automated bits and pieces, mostly to drive service revenues and create long term lock-in and dependencies. Or they have enabled early forms of cloud migration (instead of cloud integration).
These vendors are akin to the now-defunct Pony Express advertising an overnight delivery service. They may have temporarily convinced some companies that their separate public and private clouds somehow comprise a hybrid cloud; yet that dream has a closer resemblance to the “process byproducts” often found along a thousand-plus mile horse trail, and will be easily recognizable once cloud synergy is truly delivered.
When the first true hybrid clouds roll out this year (some are already in place), there will be an easy method of recognition, based on synergy and its ability to produce more available, scalable and agile IT services.