Gartner: 2017 - the year of the hybrid Cloud

Written by Stuart Lauchlan on 28 October 2013
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By 2016 Cloud Computing will make up the bulk of new IT spend, according to Gartner, with private Cloud ceding to hybrid Cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises having hybrid Cloud deployments in place by the end of 2017.

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“Overall, there are very real trends toward Cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they'll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. 
 
“Services delivered through the Cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”
 
“There is a flawed perception of Cloud Computing as one large phenomenon,”  he added. “Cloud Computing is actually a spectrum of things complementing one another and building on a foundation of sharing. 
 
“Inherent dualities in the Cloud Computing phenomenon are spawning divergent strategies for Cloud Computing success. The public cloud, hybrid clouds, and private clouds now dot the landscape of IT based solutions. Because of that, the basic issues have moved from ‘what is cloud’ to ‘how will Cloud projects evolve’.”
 
Gartner suggests that as enterprises build their Cloud Computing strategies there will be two primary IT centric work streams, two supporting IT work streams and a strategic business work stream. 
 
The two primary work streams are: 
  • The enterprise as a consumer of Cloud services where the focus is on the IT-related capabilities delivered as a service. Gartner says that main goal here is determining if, when, where, how and why Cloud services should be used. Meanwhile the hardware and software used to implement the service are handled by the service provider and are not a concern of the consumer. 
  • The enterprise as a provider of Cloud services where the hardware, software and processes used to implement a Cloud service are a primary focus. Service consumption only enters the equation to the extent a Cloud service is used as part of the supply chain to develop and deliver the Cloud service.
 
The supporting enterprise work streams are: 
  • Securing, managing and governing Cloud services
  • Building solutions based on Cloud services. 
 
“Using global-class thinking to address global-class problems, the focus should always be outward, not inward in adopting Cloud computing,” concludes Howard. “As discussed, adoption of Cloud Computing happens in stages. The types of applications and workloads to be moved can indicate which stage of adoption is most appropriate.”
 

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