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OneCloud Software 2016 Predictions: DR and hybrid cloud make their way to the forefront

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Contributed by Marc Crespi, CEO and co-founder of OneCloud Software

2016: DR and hybrid cloud make their way to the forefront

In 2015, it seemed like the hybrid cloud and disaster recovery were on the cusp of making it to the mainstream. I believe that in 2016, both will push their way up to the front of the line when it comes to must-haves for enterprises. I'm not alone in this thinking. In a recent Forrester report, analyst Glenn O'Donnell said the hybrid cloud is ascending and that organizations are giving up the pure private cloud notion and going down the path of hybrid.

This ascension is going to be driven by a new reality: the availability and accessibility of more automated and simpler approaches to both disaster recovery and the hybrid cloud. Because of this, DR and hybrid cloud will (finally) become attainable for IT directors and IT departments everywhere. See below for a few key things I think will take shape in 2016, as well as some lessons learned from 2015.

Evolution of the Hybrid Cloud

In 2016 we are going to see accelerated adoption of hybrid cloud deployments because we will see more technologies that remove the barriers to leveraging public cloud. For example, these technologies will bring a simplified approach to creating a unified hybrid cloud management platform from disparate tools. The outcome will be a secure and scalable architecture that makes it possible for IT to add the public cloud to their 2016 plan.

Evolution and Growth of DR in 2016

DR will certainly evolve and take shape in 2016. With more mainstream use cases of cloud adoption and more IT directors utilizing the hybrid cloud, DR will come to the forefront of IT planning; it is a natural use case for the cloud - especially a hybrid cloud environment. Disaster recovery - for the first time - can be managed easy and with little effort from already busy IT departments.

The Evolution/Growth of the Cloud WILL Change the DR Industry

With the evolution and further adoption of the cloud, the disaster recovery industry will continue to grow and get stronger. Before the cloud, disaster recovery was purely on premise (and that was if the company had a DR plan). With the cloud, disaster recovery doesn't take up any room and can be done affordably, simply and quickly. With the cloud, DR becomes a no brainer. By the end of 2016, because of widespread cloud adoption, DR plans will not only rise to the top of IT departments' wish lists, but will be checked off.

IT and DR in 2016

With automated, low-cost turnkey DR solutions, IT Directors can now focus time, budget and resources onto other IT initiatives. And thanks to the cloud, with its promise of elasticity, economies of scale, and ubiquitous access, IT organizations of all sizes can be more responsive than ever while improving their business operations and simultaneously lowering costs.

The Wants of IT Directors

IT Directors want technologies that make their job easier. Secondarily, they want to improve the business's bottom line (while also optimizing their department and professional goals). They're looking for products and solutions that turn a set of separate features into something that is automated and turnkey.

The #1 Resolution for IT Directors in 2016

If they are not already, IT Directors need to start figuring out how to leverage a hybrid cloud strategy within their data centers strategies. Leveraging the hybrid cloud will open their department up to the ability to utilize forward-thinking products and solutions that will make their job - and their department's job - easier.

Lessons Learned from DR in 2015

For DR in the cloud to be achievable, it needs to become less complex; without some level of automation, support or further eco-system development, it may not be possible. For DR specifically it's almost impossible to manually implement a complete DR solution in the cloud because of the complexity around replicating the VMware environment to a non-VMware platform, there is no single point of management (e.g., monitoring, security, networking).

Only time will tell once 2016 is underway if enterprise businesses will really take heed of expert and industry advice and start putting the cloud and a disaster recovery plan at the top of their list. I, for one, think they will.


About the Author

Marc is the CEO and co-founder of OneCloud Software where he is responsible for the company's overall strategy and execution.  He has more than 20 years experience driving product execution and revenue in high growth organizations. Prior to OneCloud Software, Marc was Vice President of Product Management at ExaGrid Systems where he was responsible for the product roadmap and strategy, technical pre-sales support, manufacturing, and business development.  Under his watch, the ExaGrid product line supported growth into the 10s of millions in revenue and won several industry awards. Prior to ExaGrid, Marc held various leadership roles  in product management, sales, and customer support at companies like Altiris, Bay Networks, and several startups.  In his spare time, he supports various Veteran's organizations and spends time with his wife and children in suburban Boston.

Marc Crespi 

Published Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:03 AM by David Marshall
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