Placing the Need Before the Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Arguing over which kind of cloud is “best” for the enterprise is like arguing over what kind of apple tastes better than the others. Some people like the crispy sweetness of the Red Delicious, others the floral spiciness of the Courtland or the classic apple-taste of the Macintosh. And then the criteria change completely if you plan to bake a pie, make applesauce or press some cider.
 
The best cloud, therefore, is obviously the one that satisfies strategic and operational objectives to the highest degree, which means that most enterprises are going to rely on a mix of public, private and hybrid infrastructure to get the job done...
 
The public cloud has been available at scale for some time, which is why it has garnered much of the workload thus far. But with the enterprise finally making headway in converting legacy infrastructure into clouds, it stands to reason that public and hybrid solutions will start to show significant gains. This is being borne out by a recent report by Sandler Research, which pegs compound annual growth of the hybrid cloud market at 29 percent from now until 2019. Part of this is due to a demand push by vendors like Microsoft and Fujitsu, who are devising integrated on-premises-to-cloud solutions, but it also results from the desire among enterprise users to accommodate both the scale and management/security needs of key applications...

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