The use cases for cloud infrastructure are broad and suitable for organizations that require scalable infrastructure to support e-commerce, dynamic applications and rapid development/testing cycles. As more and more companies become experts with managing their AWS cloud resources, the need to add greater flexibility and control is driving AWS hybrid cloud setups with on-premises resources.
More organizations are seeing the cloud as a way to streamline coordination between developers and IT departments. With a dedicated dev/test cloud, teams can ensure that they get the optimal environments for testing and refining their software quickly and at lower overall cost. Applications are increasingly updated on rapid schedules, making it more important that companies have the level of continuous integration and delivery that the cloud and automation can provide.
What's the current state of the private cloud? More organizations have been investing in on-premises solutions secured by the corporate firewall, but in some cases these deployments are not much more than glorified virtualization projects.
Developers are becoming more involved in IT operations, taking on a greater role in deciding how infrastructure is set up to support applications. By tapping into a dev/test cloud, a DevOps-practicing team can iterate more efficiently, pushing code out quickly, testing it, and using versioning control and automation to reduce time to deployment. On top of that, by leveraging hybrid cloud infrastructure, teams can gain greater flexibility through access to both on-premises and public cloud resources, which drives down expenses.
An AWS hybrid cloud is an increasingly useful setup for IT departments, providing enhanced security, flexibility and cost-effectiveness compared to strictly private and public models. Moving to a hybrid cloud, however, requires reconsideration of IT processes and infrastructure to get the best return on investment.
A growing number of businesses are interested in enhancing their data center or on-premises IT systems with public cloud resources. To this end, an AWS hybrid cloud, which can span both private and public resources, may be essential to ensuring that these setups facilitate superior application development and testing environments at a reasonable cost. With hybrid cloud revenue set to rise sharply over the next four years, more vendors are offering related solutions that are easy to integrate into existing infrastructure.
Much of the cloud industry's focus has been on the scalable infrastructure that the technology provides. While this feature is a key component of any cloud, it is not the only reason that 2014 is likely to be another good year for cloud computing. TechTarget recently highlighted comments from several cloud industry observers, noting in particular that organizations will likely look more toward cloud-hosted applications.
Eucalyptus recently partnered with Dell and made its cloud software available as part of the Dell Technology Partner Program. Eucalyptus solutions are now certified to run on Dell networking, storage and server infrastructure, giving application developers and Web companies greater operational agility via hybrid and private cloud solutions, while decreasing overall IT spend.
Why use a private cloud? Many IT managers have wrestled with this question as they modernize IT environments with an eye toward improving cost-effectiveness. There are several obstacles that have held back private cloud adoption, but they are addressable with better guidance. With company-wide support, private clouds and hybrid infrastructure can be front and center in application development and deployment strategies.