Hybrid Cloud Is More Sterile Than Mules

Grazed from WindowsITPro. Author: Cameron Laird.

My grandparents worked with mules. While few contemporary readers are familiar with these crosses of male donkeys and female horses, US farming in the early twentieth century included a crucial role for six million (!) of them. I get the promise of hybrid vigor. Heterosis--the biologic term for hybrid payoff--is not guaranteed, though. Some hybrids never work out. Private-public computing clouds are in that category.

Keith Townsend says so in his recent "Why there's no compelling use case for hybrid cloud", and he's right. The original aim was that a modest private cloud could overflow its bursty loads to the unlimited capacity of the public cloud. The private cloud would form a less-expensive baseline, and peak demand could pay the higher costs of peak capacity...

That sketch excluded too many crucial parts of reality. Creation of a "single pane of glass" to consolidate views of private and public resources has often--always?--proved to be more expensive than the computing it manages. The consequence: organizations end up assigning loads exclusively inside or outside their perimeters. The only operational hybridization they exhibit is between the two managerial regimes...

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