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Hybrid Cloud: The Ultimate Silo-Buster

Cloud Agility and Control will Erode Enterprise IT Hardware Lock-in

After completing Hybrid Cloud will Transform Disaster Recovery the broader implications of the seamless integration of IaaS with the data center became obvious: the hardware-bound silos of IT will be significantly eroded by the increasing agility, protection AND control delivered by the hybrid cloud.

There will still be enterprise hardware spend and the required “specialized expertise” tied to vendor training and certifications, yet that spend and expert population will shrink over the next five years, replaced over time by an influx of IT architects, strategists and generalists who will be tied to capabilities and services instead of vendors.  Their backgrounds will be software and services-centric.

Today’s hardware-bound IT world will be increasingly driven by software and the need for higher levels of agility, efficiency, and protection, as more business models are based on IT and as more people and business activities are attached to the network. The enterprise need for control and efficiency will evolve in the hybrid cloud operating model and IaaS will ultimately become a seamless extension of the cloud-integrated data center (own the base, rent the spike).

When I was writing about the cloud and disaster recovery I was only considering the tip of the iceberg, the obvious over-provisioning of expensive, specialized infrastructures needed in case the production environment failed.  A duplicate data center is necessary today but perhaps less necessary tomorrow.  Then it dawned on me that the challenge today isn’t just duplication, it is the extensive lock-in tied to various types of gear and the net effect that has on IT agility, protection and efficiency.

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On a side note:  May 23rd at Future in Review I’ll be moderating a panel on “Why Hybrid Cloud will Win and What it will mean for the Enterprise CxO” with: Yousef Khalidi, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft; David Nelson, Chief Strategist, Cloud Computing, The Boeing Company; Simon Aspinall, Chief of Vertical Markets, Strategy and Marketing, Virtustream; and Jonathan King, VP Cloud Strategy & Business Development, Savvis.

We will be talking about the emergence of hybrid cloud as a dominant cloud operating model for enterprises of all sizes, and how its evolution from private and public cloud will impact enterprise IT over the next 3-5 years.  You can register here for Future in Review subject to availability. 

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Greg Ness is a Silicon Valley marketing veteran with background in networking, security, virtualization and cloud computing. He is VP Marketing at CloudVelocity. Formerly at Vantage Data Centers, Infoblox, Blue Lane Technologies, Juniper Networks, Redline Networks, McAfee, IntruVerofficer at Networks and ShoreTel. He is one of the world's top cloud bloggers.

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