The Open Cloud for The Future
The Open Cloud for The Future
In the future, the vast majority of companies will use hybrid and multi-cloud without vendor lock-in concerns.
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When cloud computing emerged, the question on many organization leaders' minds was whether to adopt it at all. Eventually, the question became not whether, but when. Now it’s which cloud tools and platforms to use—and how to ensure they work together seamlessly and securely. One of the great opportunities of the recent movements in technology is the ability to combine and integrate different tools, services, and cloud platforms. We are entering a future marked by openness and interoperability: According to recent research, 82 percent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy, running applications in an average of 1.5 public clouds and 1.7 private clouds, and IDC predicts increasing adoption of hybrid cloud architectures. That’s good news for businesses. Open architectures protect companies from vendor lock-in, add critical redundancies, and enable IT leaders to tap the best solutions to meet their unique business needs without arbitrary constraints that impede progress.
The Cloud was built to help companies succeed in this open, multi-cloud world. Our commitment to openness ensures seamless user experiences across multiple environments and empowers our customers to choose the right tools and platforms to meet their business needs.
Openness enables businesses to tap innovation without restriction, and it’s been part of all cloud organization's DNA since the beginning. The popularity of container management system Kubernetes is improving the acceptance of polycloud. It embraces compelling innovations—from MapReduce (which directly inspired Hadoop) to the revolution in containers. With each breakthrough, these innovations right back to the community into open source. At the end, the world would be embracing an open cloud architecture where vendor lock-in is a practice of the past and customers’ data belong to them. Because at the end of the day, the cloud is about connecting people to the information they need in order to be successful.
As organizations move further into the digital economy, they will increasingly implement new
business processes that rely on flexible and secure interaction among multiple cloud environments
as well as legacy systems. While cloud computing and use of cloud applications will continue
to grow exponentially, companies should brace for challenges that will need to be met as they
transition from in-house systems to hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud, and public cloud environments.
Chief among these are dealing with the business and technical issues of security, system integration,
compliance, and complexity.
Fortunately, leading organizations are far enough into their cloud transitions to provide advice to
Among best practices they recommend:
Leverage open source for interoperability
Standardize governance across platforms and tools
Rely on third-party support
By evaluating mechanisms such as open source and cloud management in conjunction with new
approaches within IT, organizations can build a cohesive strategy for living in an open-cloud world.
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