Hybrid Cloud – is the Destination (not the Journey)

By Lizelle Hughes, Solutions & Alliances Manager, NetApp ANZ


So, why does a traditional storage vendor, like NetApp, embrace the Cloud?


There is no doubt that Mobile and Cloud are the biggest market disruptors in the industry today. The SmartPhone puts an amazing amount of information and services in the hands of a consumer. And, Cloud infrastructure solutions bring a tremendous amount of agility to enterprises. With agility comes (some) loss of control… loss of control of where the data resides, security of the data, cost of moving the data and so much more. So, is there some middle ground to enjoy the benefits of an agile IT-as-a-Service environment and maintain some degree of control?


Hybrid Cloud architectures appear to be the answer! Fundamentally, this means some IT services are in-house and some are provided “as a service” from a Cloud provider. Hybrid is perhaps not an interim step to get to an “all IT in the Cloud” model. It is not the journey. It is the Destination…. Most large IT departments will have some IT services provided and managed by an in-house IT department, and some provided from the cloud.


Hybrid Cloud architectures can also include:


  1. Ability to move workloads and data across multiple cloud providers
  2. Half in, half out – that is, for a single workload, computing in the cloud can connect to data external to or next to the cloud
  3. Combination of services used by the enterprise such as infrastructure (IaaS), platform (PaaS) and software (SaaS)
  4. Production systems residing on-premise while backup & archive reside in the cloud
  5. Production systems residing on-premise while disaster recovery (DR) is in the cloud (or vice versa)
  6. Extending on-premise security solutions to the cloud
  7. Extending on-premise identity solutions to the cloud

Data is at the centre of Hybrid Cloud architectures. Data is also the most important corporate asset. This makes data management and control one of the most important considerations when deciding where to put your data.


NetApp data management solutions can help with the first five architectures above.


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Data has gravity. It is hard to move terabytes and petabytes of data. The actual data (not the infrastructure) is the most important asset in the game. Hybrid Cloud architectures offer customers choice. It is all about flexibility for customers to choose where they put their most important and sensitive asset.


For customers, the NetApp message is simple: Your Data. Your Choice. Your Control.


As Cloud Computing ramps up in Australia, hybrid cloud architectures emerge the winner. Most customers will choose a specific workload or application to move to the cloud… and a hybrid cloud solution offers flexibility in architecting that workload.


Next stop in this journey? Managing data across multiple clouds – from Hybrid Cloud to Multi-Cloud.


Recommended Reading

Choose Your Cloud. Control Your Data

Rent, Lease or Buy? Consuming Storage in the Cloud

The Multi-cloud Challenge

The Importance of Data Control in Hybrid IT

The Evolving Public Cloud Landscape