Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2013. Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.
Contributed article by Raj Sabhlok and Gibu Mathew, ManageEngine
From Hype to Hybrid - The Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing
With the end of the year
approaching, it's time to dust off the crystal ball and gaze into the
virtualization and cloud future of 2013. Here are the three primary trends we
1. Enterprise cloud computing will lean towards hybrid clouds.
The debate over the best cloud model
- public, private or hybrid - will undoubtedly continue for years to come. But
in 2013, enterprises will increasingly hedge their risks by having either
disaster recovery or their main data center in Amazon AWS, Windows Azure,
Rackspace or one of the other public clouds. The trigger for this will be the
maturity of the public cloud offerings and their ability to deliver on their
Between disaster recovery and
primary data center, having disaster recovery in their own data centers would
feel safer for most organizations - after all, when things fall apart, you have
more control over accessing your data. In a public cloud, by contrast, you're
dependent on the public cloud provider to put the pieces back together.
Moreover, on a day-to-day basis, the operating expense for a disaster recovery
site would be lower than the operating expense for a main data center.
As the usage of public clouds picks
up, there will also be a call for public clouds to support a wider range of
application platforms including RDBMS, enterprise middleware, NOSQL, etc. Here,
we're talking about out-of-the-box support, which makes enterprise adoption
easier. There will also be a need for more compatibility between application
infrastructures used in private clouds and public clouds.
Virtualization vendors with a public cloud offering will have an edge.
Most hypervisor vendors have a
public cloud offering, and it will ease the case for hybrid cloud. Hypervisor
providers for private clouds will bolster their case for adoption as a
virtualization platform in the enterprise if they have a public cloud offering.
Why? Because enterprises seeing the benefit of public clouds can trial the
providers' public cloud offerings too. These extensions will help enterprises
reap the benefits of cloud and virtualization while they remain on the fence
about making an all-out move to public clouds.
All major hypervisor vendors -
namely, VMware, Microsoft and Red Hat - already have a cloud play and that
clearly reflects to the market sentiment. Red Hat, too, is getting ready with
OpenShift to complement its kernel-based virtual machine (KVM). No clear
prediction on how Citrix will play this out as they do not have a public cloud
offering - yet.
Hybrid demands influence IT management tools.
Leveraging the benefits of both
on-premise and on-demand will help the virtualization and cloud transformation
for enterprise IT management. The need for traditional systems management tools
in the SaaS model will soon be felt as small and medium enterprises have
already gotten comfortable with the idea of SaaS for their business apps.
A recent Gartner survey notes 71
percent of enterprise users have been using SaaS in some way or the other. This
adoption will give them the confidence needed to trial even more capabilities
in the SaaS model for their IT management. The benefits of reduced complexity
and software maintenance provided by newer SaaS companies help this case
Users in the IT department prize
ease of use, and they expect a "set it and forget it" approach to the server,
application and other IT management and monitoring tools. SaaS delivers on both
fronts. However, IT departments will still need on-premise IT management tools
as long as hybrid data centers are in use.
About the Author
Raj Sabhlok is the president of Zoho
Corp. (ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corp.). Raj has particular interest
in IT management software having spent nearly 20 years at companies like
Embarcadero Technologies, BMC Software and The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO). In
his career, Raj has held technical, marketing, sales and executive management
positions. Raj attended Duke University's Fuqua School of Business for his MBA.
Gibu Mathew is director product
management at ManageEngine. Gibu has been with Zoho Corp. for over 12 years and
has worked with over six products at ManageEngine. He is personally responsible
for shipping two products: one in the SaaS model and also on-premise software
for Application Performance Management. In his career, he has held development,
product management and marketing responsibilities.