DCN February 2017 - Page 12

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Richard Agnew , VP NW EMEA at Veeam , assesses the enterprise argument for hybrid cloud in 2017 .

Hybrid cloud is set to be one of the biggest , most valuable technology opportunities for enterprises in 2017 and looking ahead over the next few years . To take advantage of this opportunity enterprises must apply the same principles they utilise in maintaining multiple data centres to data storage in the cloud – whereby a single cloud will no longer suffice .

The hybrid cloud trend has been confirmed by leading analyst firms , with IDC predicting organisations will require a mainly cloud based IT environment by 2019 and 451 Research claiming that public storage spend will double in the next two years as demand for on-premise storage declines .
Major enterprises going hybrid Predictions of hybrid cloud ’ s promise have seen the world ’ s largest technology organisations begin to lay major plans for a hybrid future . For example , Hewlett Packard Enterprise ( HPE ) and Microsoft recently created an innovation centre in Seattle that will speed up hybrid cloud adoption and help customers test hybrid solutions and use cases , such as HPE / Azure Stack environments . AWS and VMware have also partnered on a hybrid cloud offering that Amazon claims will allow customers to use VMware ’ s virtualisation and management software to deploy and manage workloads across all onpremises and AWS Cloud environments .
Another good example is CERN , the European organisation for nuclear research , launching a hybrid cloud scheme to support its high performance ,
data intensive research . The project will be powered by 7,000 servers and 190,000 cores and is being partly funded by the European Commission .
Why hybrid ? With disruptive leaders across all industries now increasingly embracing the public , hybrid and multi-cloud space , those that still aren ’ t will soon find themselves left behind .
Hybrid is gaining in popularity as it offers not only the flexibility and data deployment benefits of public cloud , but also provides the security assurance of on-premises , private cloud – effectively giving businesses the best of both worlds . This means organisations can now store their most important or sensitive data on the private cloud , while storing other resources on public networks .