Cloud is increasingly on the agenda and the digital transformation of organizations often requires more than one cloud for operations. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, BJSS, Check Point, Cilnet, Claranet, Colt, Enimbos, Infor, Noesis, S21Sec, Schneider Electric, SoftInsa, and Warpcom share their vision of the hybrid and multicloud cloud market.
The disruption caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19 reinforced the critical importance of companies being agile to adapt their capacity to constant fluctuations and changes in their markets.
The pandemic has exponentially increased the consumption of cloud solutions. IDC analysts estimate that by 2022, nearly 90% of organizations worldwide will have a hybrid combination of dedicated on-premises or private clouds, multiple public clouds and legacy platforms to match their needs. However, its implementation may face some difficulties.
Currently, organizations have numerous workloads spread across several clouds. However, there are some that are more likely to live up to the benefits of hybrid clouds.
José Miguel Pereira (Noesis) refers that the potential return and the risk and complexity “are used to understand who are the natural candidates to place workloads in the cloud. Naturally, workloads where the risk is lower, where the value is more immediate and the transition carries little risk of disruption are the candidates that cloud providers try first with end customers. Then, there are clearly workloads that may not make sense to move them without doing an end-to-end transformation of all platforms”.
For many companies the first wave of the pandemic came with a heavy bill from cloud service providers. After the emergency phase, cost rationalization is resumed. There are solutions available on the market for companies to have a correct balance of costs between on-premises and the various cloud providers.
The cloud allows applications to be made available more quickly, but for that it is necessary that the release of code is more agile, being one of the biggest drivers of transformation. Containerization and the cloud can be enablers for this driver.
José Miguel Pereira, from Noesis, is convinced that “all container frameworks have an incredible potential for disruption. Every time we manage to reduce complexity through abstraction, it naturally introduces enormous value to the development chain. The continuous integration and continuous deplyoment processes can be catapulted to another level of maturity with these frameworks. We know that the curve is not linear, because the know-how that exists in this topic is not yet widespread ”.
The hybrid cloud and the multicloud depend on a great interconnectivity between locations. Applications like artificial intelligence and IoT take computing to the edge. It is estimated that in the future computing will be increasingly decentralized.
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Changing a company's IT infrastructure is a complex process, where various issues, such as security, compliance, legacy and the investment itself, have to be addressed. The technology has been democratizing access to the hybrid cloud, and has allowed the conversion of the traditional on-premises.
In the new hybrid and multicloud environments, security challenges are multiplied by several sites. Organizations need to have a defined cybersecurity strategy with, for example, user authentication, resilience against cyberattacks or monitoring threats.
Originally publish (in Portuguese) in IT.Insight