The hybrid cloud may be primed for widespread uptake in 2014, with more businesses electing to link their on-premises infrastructure with scalable resources from Amazon Web Services. An AWS hybrid cloud provides enhanced security, more predictable costs and greater versatility for workflows such as development, testing and disaster recovery than purely public solutions, and companies are starting to notice.
Hybrid Cloud Deployments Lead to Better Cost Management and Control
Enterprises may spend more than ever on public clouds in 2014, although many may do so with the intent of integrating these technologies into existing setups. IDC predicted that total cloud spending would grow 25 percent year-over-year in 2014, topping $100 billion.
Even as overall cloud spending rises, investing in hybrid infrastructure empowers companies to get more for their money, trimming unnecessary expenditures while boosting developer productivity through smarter utilization of resources. A hybrid strategy reigns in the variable cost of public cloud, often replacing it with fixed pricing, and leads to better efficiencies from more powerful on-premises hardware. The result is the effective scaling-out of IT operations such as development and testing via a private cloud that can leverage public resources as needed.
"The enterprises that have already started their [cloud] journey still see the cloud as their on-premise extension, hence they use it to generate replications for QA and Dev," explained Ofir Nachmani in a piece for SYS-CON Media. "This year, mature ones will take one step forward, looking for solutions to enhance their test and dev cloud deployments in order to take the next step and move their production workloads to the cloud."
Setting up a cloud for dev and test is a great way to get started on journey to the cloud, since it helps teams get acclimated to self-service, elastic environments. Moreover, the hybrid cloud via Eucalyptus/AWS enables greater operational flexibility and lowers costs by building upon these private clouds that were first used for development and testing. Companies gain more granular control over data and can easily use additional server instances to handle application testing and deployment.
Some companies have been reticent to adopt public cloud, and while these organizations could turn to a purely private cloud solution, they may be limiting their options for future application development and deployment. Hybrid cloud technology provides a way to avoid the limitations of purely private and public offerings by infusing private infrastructure with the near-infinite scalability of public cloud leaders like AWS.
More specifically, Eucalyptus' solutions allow operators to setup seamless compatibility with AWS, moving workloads to a lower-cost private cloud while still retaining access to AWS resources. Policies can even be standardized between AWS public and Eucalyptus private environments.