Hybrid Cloud - For Everyone? Or No One?

                What the cloud? Hybrid Cloud? It seems like if you follow the cloud and IT sales community companies are migrating all their data, or some of it, to the cloud. Where that data is sent to is the big business with Amazon Web Service, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, IBM and even Google.

                Amazon Web Services seems to be the most popular choice for public cloud services recently. They have a huge market share and they are really great for new companies that don’t want to invest in physical hardware such as servers and storage units. AWS takes care of all that in their datacenter/cloud infrastructures globally and allow clients to pay as you go and grow.

             This saves a ton of money for clients in the beginning phases to a mature organization. This scenario can be applied to any of the other providers I mentioned such as Azure and Google as they are really massive and compete in the same space. It’s really how you feel about the cloud, do you want control? Some control? No control?

                When I was selling for an integrator called MTM Technologies a few years back, more like 7 years ago, we were starting to get into applications and desktop virtualization. That meant you needed some heavy servers in the office or in the datacenter and then you went with server virtualization to consolidate, p2v as I’m sure it’s still called. Then you have applications and applications are where it’s at to do what we do daily work wise or personal. The creating of Virtual Machines made life way more efficient for IT teams to manage servers, desktops and applications. 

               Those apps need to be developed and just 7 years ago they were being developed in your datacenter or in your on premise datacenter. We made some money selling those solutions and then you stack on professional services to install and you’re golden. From the point of view from customers though it’s expensive but you have complete control over your environment.

                Fast forward AWS, Azure, Google, IBM come out with public cloud offerings and they partner with massive companies like Cisco and Citrix to create a service that allows you to offload all those applications and servers and compute power into their cloud. You subscribe monthly and pay for what you use and save money in the process. This new wave of deploying applications is saving millions of dollars worldwide for IT teams of every kind. Check out the video from this past years AWS Re:invent conference. Pretty Cool stuff.

 

              The catch is you will lose control of the infrastructure, it isn’t yours, and you’re just renting it from the cloud provider of your choosing. If there is an outage you’ll be affected, but what you lose in control over your hardware, you gain in piece of mind that you’ll never have to think about a server refresh again. I talked with one of my current customers about the subject a few months ago and I have the exchange from my LinkedIn chat here as well. Great insights by someone who is actually applying the hybrid cloud mentality. 

 

Daniel

What do you make of this?(in regards to the video above) I think massive dollars and nobody is getting deep like this other than vanguard themselves. I'm ignorant and think everyone forgets about the internet to run this stuff.

Customer

i think its foolish to try to push all workloads into aws. there is a place for on-prem and a place for cloud. i think people are ignorant when they try to sell you one or the other. in the environment we are working in, most people may benefit from a hybrid approach where they can extend their infrastructure from on-prem to cloud.

Daniel

I agree. It seems like you can get really caught up trying to optimize AWS and still get hit with a big bill. The mixed approach is a good bet for sure.

 

                What if though you made that investment in on premise servers and storage units or even built out a datacenter already with all that gear. You still want to achieve some savings and keep control over what you already have. That is hybrid cloud, a mix of a little bit of public cloud and you keep the rest of your resources in the datacenter you’ve already built. What you take to the cloud is your choice, it could be old files that you want to store in the cloud and bring back when needed.(It'll cost to bring your files back)

                There is a product for that among all the different providers, Glacier comes to mind with AWS or even S3. If you want to move your application development to the cloud, Google has a nice solution for you called App Engine. You really don’t have to fully commit one way or the other, you can take little bites here and there with your network until you are fully ready to take that leap of faith into a full cloud environment. Hybrid is your clear choice.

                In conclusion, how do you feel about giving up control of your network is the real question. As humans I tend to believe because I feel it myself that if I build something from the ground up I am not going to give it up. It has to be a real game changer for me, save time, money, frustration all wrapped into one guy. Changing anything will be hard but show me the value in changing and I’ll try it out. Same principal in going to a full cloud environment but with a hybrid cloud you can satisfy your curiousity while maintaining a level of control of your network environment. If you want to add or give me some of your insight feel free to comment!

 

Daniel Macias – Fiber Sales Professional