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Hybrid Multi-Cloud Strategy: Is this the Future of Cloud?

Posted by: Pravin Bolar On August 21, 2017 05:43 PM facebook linked in twitter

Cloud adoption is inevitable. The challenges enterprises face today are majorly in deciding how to take their journey to cloud. With five leading cloud players (AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle and IBM) coming to the forefront, enterprises now have a variety of options. More than 50% of enterprises have multiple cloud deployments and this is set to go beyond 80% over the next two years.

Cloud providers such as Microsoft and Oracle, coming from a software OEM legacy, are making their cloud platforms and PaaS services more attractive to move their software consumption from a high cost perpetual licensing model to a subscription based pay-per-use model. For example, a.Net app with MS SQL may be best ported on Azure while an Oracle enterprise app with Oracle database is best suited for Oracle Cloud because of license cost benefits.

Today, cloud assessment focuses on “cloud readiness” of various workloads with enterprises predefining their target cloud provider. This is starting to change with assessments being done for “cloud readiness with target cloud fitment” based on cost, performance, and native capabilities of various cloud providers.

With Microsoft bringing Azure Stack into the data center, VMWare taking its hypervisor to AWS, and Oracle bringing Oracle Cloud Machine into the data center, the ability to seamlessly move virtual machines between private and public cloud will now become a reality. This will enable capabilities such as dynamic workload movement, cloud bursting, and disaster recovery on cloud.

The above trends will create an environment where enterprise workloads are hosted on multiple public cloud platforms. Legacy workloads, industry/government regulatory requirements and enterprise security policies will in the meanwhile continue to drive the need for a private cloud for some of the enterprise workloads. Hence, a hybrid multi-cloud strategy will need to come into play.

A hybrid multi-cloud strategy will ensure better management and governance across private and public clouds. A unified cloud lifecycle management platform, cloud integration services, cloud cost management, and policy driven orchestration will be some of the key components of this strategy.

At Tech Mahindra, we believe - Hybrid multi-cloud should be the the utopian state enterprises should aim for while embarking on their cloud journey. Our iN Cloud Experience (iCX) blueprint forms the basis for enabling this multi-cloud strategy for our enterprise customers.

About Author

Pravin Bolar, Senior Vice President, Head Cloud Services, Tech Mahindra

Pravin Bolar heads the Cloud Services business in Tech Mahindra and is responsible for overall sales, solutions and delivery leadership of Cloud services globally. Pravin brings with him over 25 years of rich multi-functional experience in the IT Application, Infrastructure and Networking domain helping build enterprise solution strategies for several Fortune 500 clients. Follow him @pravinbolar

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