Curator's Note: The content of this article was originally published on January 23, 2013, It was written by Rodney Brown over at the Cloud Velocity blog.
It’s been a while since I flogged the hybrid cloud-computing model, but a number of recent blogs have brought it back up to the forefront, where it belongs, frankly.
I’ll sum up what most of them say, which is, “hybrid is the future, so you had best plan now for how to make it part of your corporate world.” The first blog I would like to point out is also the shortest.
The blog Archimedius from Greg Ness of CloudVelocity Inc. is always a good source for clear thinking about the cloud. In a blog post yesterday called Hybrid Cloud Power, Ness has one of the clearest descriptions of what an increasingly hybrid cloud ecosystem will mean for most companies.
As the hybrid cloud becomes the cloud of choice for the enterprise, you can expect cloud integration to eventually replace cloud migration as a solution of choice.
The minute I read that I thought, “Well, obviously.” Then I realized I had never drawn that “obvious” conclusion before.
The inspiration for Ness’ blog brings us to our second hybrid cloud entry, from Ness’ co-worker and CloudVelocity’s Chief Software Architect Panos Tsirigotis. Late last week, on the CloudVelocity blog, Tsirigotis described (in a helpful, bulleted list) the capabilities one should look for in a hybrid cloud.
Some of them were pretty obvious, like “synchronizing continually, efficiently, and securely the application software, configuration, and data between a private and public cloud,” and “supporting data privacy for data that resides on a public cloud (for example, use encryption).”
But others are much more specific, for example, “providing a public cloud abstraction layer that can be implemented by multiple public clouds, while at the same time working around specific public cloud limitations (say, the 1 TB volume limit in AWS).”
For the real meat, however, we now turn to a blog on Cloud Computing Journal from yesterday by Christian Buckley, the director of product evangelism at Axceler Inc., which is a Massachusetts company specializing in SharePoint from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). Buckley’s blog is a long, in-depth exploration of why you might want to deploy SharePoint across a hybrid cloud, and what steps you need to take before you even start thinking about it.
Buckly outlines seven points, with questions such as “What are the business requirements?” and “How will we measure success?” He then explains in greater detail what each question means for your business. But it’s his summation that nails the value of the hybrid cloud:
Companies that successfully make the move to a hybrid model are those that understand the business activities that can be offloaded to the cloud, benefiting from its scale and cost benefits. The beauty of a strategic, hybrid model is that it’s not “all or nothing.”
That kind of focus on business activities is thankfully becoming more prevalent in companies seeking the financial benefits of a cloud deployment. Just moving to the cloud because it will save on capital expenditures is not a good enough reason anymore, if it ever really was one.