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Cloud Files Episode 2: Hybrid Happens

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Today, we’re bringing you another episode of our new podcast, Cloud Files, where I sit down with top cloud industry analysts and reporters to discuss the big questions and challenges today’s enterprise CIOs face when moving to the cloud.

In our latest episode, I’m joined by Melanie Posey, Vice President at 451 Research and General Manager of the firm’s Voice of the Enterprise research, and Chris Preimesberger, Editor of Features and Analysis at eWEEK, to discuss the evolution of the enterprise cloud market. In particular, we explore the key technological developments of the past decade that set the stage for the proliferation of the cloud, the latest trends in enterprise cloud adoption, and the reason why every enterprise inevitably embraces hybrid- and multi-cloud. 

Here are a few highlights:

Conversations about cloud have turned the corner

As the cloud evolves, the conversations enterprise business leaders are having about it does too.

“There are very few organizations sitting around and saying ‘Should we go to the cloud; should we not go to the cloud?’ That ship has sailed already,” explains Melanie Posey. “Now, the conversations are more about which workloads can be moved to the cloud and how to optimize them.”

By that same token, enterprise business leaders have also become more grounded in their strategies and expectations for cloud migration. Once viewed as a panacea, reachable by “lifting and shifting” on-premises IT into a new cloud environment, it’s now widely understood that not all workloads run better in the cloud.

“There is a growing realization that cloud is not necessarily cheaper on a byte by byte basis, but some of the other benefits are the flexibility and agility and scalability,” said Posey. “This quickly came to the fore when organizations stopped trying to lift and shift legacy IT to the cloud and started doing cloud-native programming and development.”

Technology is not what’s driving enterprise cloud adoption

In recent years, cloud technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. “We've had this huge perfect storm of IT factors that have come together in the last five years,” said Chris Preimesberger. “We now have unlimited storage, processors that do incredible loads on very low power, lean software, massive networks, and new architectures and applications that are incredible. This means we can really realize the value and the promise of the Cloud at the enterprise level. We couldn't do this during the bubble years, of 2005 to 2010. Now we can.”

However, while cloud innovation has helped set the stage for widespread enterprise cloud adoption, the true driver behind its growth in the enterprise is far more basic: survival. “I would say the tipping point for Cloud is not so much technology,” said Posey. “It's what the technology enables your business to do in terms of business velocity and business transformation. You can't transform your business with legacy IT and managing everything on prem. It's just not going to happen.”

Hybrid cloud is inevitable for most enterprises

As more enterprises move to the cloud, research clearly shows that hybrid and multi-cloud are the most common environments.

“Where everybody lands is some kind of hybrid IT or multi-Cloud type environment,” said Posey. “About 60% of organizations are fully expecting to have a hybrid environment, which is defined as a combination of on-premises and off-premises resources, various different types of cloud (public and private), and to some extent bringing some non-Cloud infrastructure into the mix as well.”

“We are going to see more and more work processed outside the data center,” Preimesberger added. “It’s happening out there in the devices, and in the branch offices, and in the wild, where the research is being done.” As a result, we can expect to see more cloud-agnostic cloud environments in the future.

“You know, nobody sits down and says ‘Okay. You know what? We're going to have a hybrid IT strategy. Let's sit down and work out what our hybrid IT strategy is going to be.’,” said Posey. “Hybrid, like a lot of things in life, just happens. Nobody plans for it. It is what it is -- let's figure out how to deal with it.”

In other words, hybrid happens.

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