One reason is confusion over how enterprises define multi-cloud: Just over half of those polled defined it as including a combination of either public or private clouds along with on-premise infrastructure. (That is also a widely accepted definition of “hybrid clouds”.) Meanwhile, 23 percent of respondents said multi-cloud includes all three: public and private clouds along with their own datacenters.
“Provisioning applications that required manual steps and operations that used to take weeks or months, can now take minutes or even less in order to stage and provision new applications.”
Enterprises don’t need a more modern data center. I repeat, enterprises don’t need a more modern data center. They need to to be able to leverage a variety of data centers that support a variety of services, and they need the I&O team to provide support in order to ensure efficient and effective service delivery. The I&O team cannot be defined by the hardware they own and operate.
Also in 18 months, Fathers said, vCloud Air will have around 100,000 customers, up from the current “thousands”. Winning more customers will come down to increased interest in hybrid cloud, but also the addition of the NSX network virtualisation product to vCloud Air.
From Steven Sinofsky:
As an enterprise, the pragmatic thing to do is go public cloud and operate existing infrastructure as legacy, without trying to sprinkle cloud on it or spend energy trying to deeply integrate with a cloud solution. The transition to client-server, GUI or Web all provide ample evidence in failed bridge solutions, a long tail of “wish we hadn’t done that” and few successes worth the effort. As a startup, it will be tempting to work to land customers who will pay you to be a bridge, but that will only serve to keep you behind your competitors who are skipping a hybrid solution. This is a big bet to make in 2015, and one that will be the subject of many debates.
Some good white-collar toolchain commentary too:
Gone are the days where the enterprise productivity ninja was the person who could make the richest document or presentation. The workflow of static information, in large, report-based documents making endless rounds as attachments, is looking more and more like a Selectric-created report stuffed in an interoffice envelope.
Today’s enterprise productivity ninja is someone who can get answers on their tablet while on a conference call from an offsite.
I don’t really like the term “hybrid cloud,” preferring the more descriptive “multi-cloud.” But, hey, who am I to argue with the people?