Two years ago, a colleague penned a blog titled “Why build an on-premises cloud?” And as I can only be described as an industry veteran these days, it’s always interesting to look back and ask, “What happened, and what’s coming next?”
At the time, the IT industry’s press spokespeople said that, eventually, all enterprise workloads would move to the public cloud. The implication was that this was the only way forward, because IT was “getting in the way of progress” by blocking development teams’ access to infrastructure resources and the new generations of developer platform services. What happened? Developer teams did indeed circumnavigate IT and took their project management frameworks, Waterfall (probably not!), Agile, Kanban, Scrum, manifestos, and vocabulary with them.
Although the new applications were developed to run in the hyperscale clouds, the important customer-facing, revenue-generating, legacy applications continue to run on premises. Lifting and shifting these workloads, although possible in some cases, solved nothing. Lifting and shifting legacy applications to cloud without reengineering and then calling them “cloud native” is blatant cloud-washing. And those who lifted and shifted their crown-jewel applications into the public cloud quickly discovered that they had lost elements of control. It was surprising how many public cloud event attendees I spoke to who were experiencing inconsistent application performance throughout the working day. Or perhaps it wasn’t surprising. Caveat emptor.
The challenge for the traditional IT function was how to compete. A quick jump onto free tier or freemium cloud services quickly showed just how easy it is to design, procure, provision, monitor, and run applications. This route also exposed the chasm between the existing on-premises IT services and the equivalent hyperscale cloud services. The automation, simplicity, speed, agility, security, and flexibility would quickly lead you to conclude that the IT press was right and that all enterprise workloads would, indeed, move to cloud.
But—not so fast! As you look across the various hyperscale clouds, you soon realize that there’s little interoperability consistency among them. Sure, the operations are similar—compute, network, storage, security, apps, and so on—but selecting one might lock you into their world. Taking off my NetApp hat and putting on my customer hat, if I were writing a requirements doc, I would require a solution that’s agnostic of the cloud platform. I would also require the interoperability, automation, simplicity, speed, agility, security, flexibility, protection, and confidence that I spent many years building into my on-premises operation.
On-premises and off-premises clouds should be seamless extensions of one another. The customer should be in a position to take advantage of the following benefits, in either public or private clouds, in a consistent, repeatable, and predictable way:
In summary, most organizations will require a holistic hybrid cloud solution that’s interoperable and cloud agnostic. Hybrid cloud is predicted by mainstream analysts to become the dominant cloud model. Chris Kanthan of IDC perfectly articulated the situation in his recent IDC Market and Trends blog, The Road to Hybrid Multicloud:
Cloud adoption is not a destination. It is a journey with tremendous rewards for those who are willing to face daunting challenges on this path of digital transformation. The Holy Grail in cloud computing is a frictionless, hybrid multicloud that provides consistent experience and unified management across multiple public clouds, private clouds, and even traditional infrastructure.
If you’re looking to achieve interoperability and visibility across all clouds, please take time to review our June 8 launch of the NetApp® hybrid cloud portfolio. There you’ll find new products, simplified management, financial flexibility, and data fabric services. I was particularly pleased to see on-premises support delivered across the NetApp cloud products—NetApp Cloud Manager, Cloud Backup service, Cloud Sense, Cloud Insights, and Cloud Tiering—and NetApp Astra™ Control aware data management supporting Kubernetes workloads across the hybrid cloud.
Laurence는 EMEA 전역에서 NetApp 제품의 시장 인지도를 높이는 일을 맡고 있습니다. Laurence는 비즈니스 성장에 역점을 두고 NetApp 제품을 고객 및 시장 요구사항에 맞추기 위해 노력합니다. 또한 모든 NetApp 제품을 두루 살피며 다양한 고객 요구사항을 깊이 있게 이해하여 제품군 전체에서 가치를 창출합니다. 풍부한 경험을 갖춘 전담 팀과 협력하여 이제 NetApp 클라우드 인프라 제품의 포지셔닝을 지원하는 캠페인을 개발 및 구현하고 있습니다. Laurence는 몇 년에 걸쳐 엔터프라이즈 IT의 모든 측면을 담당했으며 Oracle, Sun Microsystems, StorageTek에서 중요한 역할을 맡았습니다. 약 20년간 영국 기상청의 IT 수석 컨설턴트로 근무한 경력을 보유하고 있습니다.