Hybrid Cloud – An Awakened Force
Some workloads are a good fit for cloud, while some are not. Companies now understand that adopting only one model may not be sufficient, given the complexity of their workloads and needs. Finding a provider that offers all models and provides insight on how to manage and integrate them either in the public or private cloud, is key for cloud strategy success.
According to Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, “Companies are moving some workloads to the cloud, but not all.”
Increase in global Hybrid cloud adoption
Avanade’s 2014 Global Hybrid Cloud study had some key findings from the research, which showed the C-level executives in the study particularly optimistic over hybrid cloud adoption, where:
- 72% expected to adopt hybrid cloud by 2018
- 76% expected the majority of their applications and services – including some critical systems like data and analytics, office applications and customer-facing services – to be running in a hybrid cloud environment within three years
Although some VCE customers are looking for a private cloud for data security and privacy, hybrid cloud is what most of them are investing in, said VCE’s EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) CTO Nigle Moulton. “The hybrid model, where you take classifications of data and keep some of them internal to your company, but some you are more relaxed about and are happy for them to sit in more public infrastructures, is the majority of what we see people investing in.”
Middle East also catching up fast on Hybrid cloud solutions
The research carried out by Dun and Bradstreet and commissioned by EMC in November 2014, which included IT decision makers from a variety of industries including manufacturing, hospitality, retail, banking and finance, construction, IT and more, revealed a growing interest in advanced hybrid cloud solutions.
23% of the respondents, who stated they had plans to implement an advanced hybrid cloud model, cited a heightened need for flexibility that a blend of the two models, Private cloud and Public cloud, allows.
According to a quote by Mohammed Amin, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Middle East, EMC Corporation, “IT organizations are striving to transform to deliver services that support the changing needs of their customers. Today, IT must leverage private cloud because it is trusted, controlled, and reliable, and public cloud because it’s simple, low cost, and flexible”.
Hybrid cloud – the option for banks going digital in Asia
A 2014 McKinsey study reported that the use of mobile and Internet channels for banking services among Asian consumers had increased by more than 35% from 2011 to 2014.
Based on a report by Telstra, 58% of Hong Kong consumers consider personalized digital banking concepts as the most appealing form of banking to them. Citigroup Inc., HSBC and Standard Chartered are some examples of banks which are growing their digital banking departments in Singapore and Hong Kong.
To cope with challenges brought about by digital disruption, banks with cloud computing systems are looking to hybrid cloud systems to improve their agility and resiliency. According to research done by Forrester Research, banks in mature markets such as Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore are seeking to improve the customer experience by revitalizing their data centers through the use of a combination of hybrid cloud approaches.
With Hybrid Cloud, companies can integrate on-premises data, services and workflows with other solutions running in the cloud.
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