We recently covered what we see as the big topics of of 2014 in “Predicting Cloud Integration trends in 2014”, including an explosion of endpoints, Big Data, and hybrid IT architectures. This week we dive deeper into integrating the modern hybrid cloud architectures and how they can help your business.
Though we’ve seen exponential growth in cloud services over the past 5 years, many enterprises still need to keep some of their apps and data closer to home. This could be for security purposes, greater efficiency in development, or compliance reasons.
Take the Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix. Apollo Education Group administers the education of hundreds of thousands of students, including many who attend courses online. According to a blog post by Mike Sajor, CIO of Apollo Education Group, in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO blog, “Our information systems have to be reliable, scalable and cost effective to support this magnitude of users and we have to be agile and fast to develop, implement and deploy new systems and services to improve learning outcomes. To address these rigorous demands, we built the “Apollo Compute Platform,” a multi-tenant cloud architecture to integrate our internal data center, inclusive of our private cloud platform, with multiple off-premise providers”. In this case a hybrid cloud architecture was necessary to ensure the success of their many students, not to mention the success of the business overall.
There will be businesses using fully public cloud and those using only an on-premise data center, but it is clear that the future for most enterprises is the hybrid cloud. The flexibility afforded by running some applications internally and others in the cloud is inarguable. For instance, customer data can be stored on-premise in situations where specific security requirements or compliance issues are key drivers, while a business’ customer facing apps can run on public cloud to burst to a higher speed as needed. This is only one of many possibilities for running a modern hybrid cloud architecture. For many other organizations the reality is that some parts of the business have the ability to migrate and adopt new cloud technology faster than others. Companies don’t want to be held back from the adopting cloud tech just because they can’t move 100% of their infrastructure online.
Of course, a business still needs a way for their hybrid architecture to communicate, which means integrating their different applications. After all, as a recent Rackspace case study states, “Building modern hybrid applications requires being able to “talk” to all of the resources you have available to you using some kind of automation or orchestration tool”.
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