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Key Information Systems 2015 Predictions: The Year of Hybrid Cloud Architecture


Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Lief Morin, president, Key Information Systems

2015: The Year of Hybrid Cloud Architecture

"Cloud will continue to advance" has been the No. 1 prediction of data center visionaries for years. In 2014, we saw many of those forecasts come true as large-scale clouds made their mark on the industry and delivered measurable returns on investment. The benefits of the cloud have come into sharp focus, both on the bottom line and in the data center. Because of this, more enterprises have laid out ambitious plans to adopt cloud technologies. Yet, these organizations have not overlooked the fact that there are still workloads and use cases that remain better suited to on-premise applications. To meet on-premise needs and cloud aspirations simultaneously, enterprises will make 2015 the year of hybrid cloud deployment.

Hybrid clouds and the need for expert guidance

Although the rate of cloud adoption is exhilarating, the technologies that will enable this move toward hybrid clouds have yet to mature. Rather than wait for that evolution to occur, enterprises in the coming year will seek out expert providers and partners that can help them make the right decisions. These guides will answer critical questions about how to pair on- and off-premise technologies for specific needs, and because of their intimate knowledge of the customer, businesses will look for regional partners to step into this critical role.

Tailoring cloud offerings with the help of regional partners

Regional cloud providers are best suited to deliver the intense level of service enterprises will need during the transition to hybrid clouds, as well as offer the geographic proximity necessary to meet latency requirements. There's also a psychological factor that will play into the rise of regional partners; even those enterprises that are enthusiastic about the cloud want to know where their data will be stored, and they'd prefer that location to be nearby.

Easier transitions to and from the cloud

Transitioning in and out of the cloud will be easier than ever as more servers are virtualized. With increasingly hardware-agnostic data centers, organizations will take advantage of lower-cost alternatives to previously expensive needs, such as disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS).

With these systems, users can now migrate and manage workloads between providers within a single management interface, and they can more easily manage virtual instances and applications amongst VMWare-powered clouds with different strengths.

Hybrid cloud future = bright business ROI

2015 will be the year of hybrid cloud architecture, and that bodes well for enterprises. IT can look forward to more choices about where and how it manages resources, but teams will also need to navigate additional complications. As they seek out the best hybrid-cloud options for their organizations, IT leaders will need the guidance of regional, experienced partners who can help them make the most of the hybrid cloud opportunity.


About the Author

Lief Morin is the president of Key Information Systems, a leading regional systems integrator with world-class compute, storage and networking solutions and professional services for the most advanced software-defined data centers. These competencies are tightly complimented by a full suite of data center capabilities including private and hybrid cloud offerings, connectivity services, colocation facilities and managed services. 
Published Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:08 PM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:57 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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