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Building a hybrid cloud strategy guide

Building a hybrid cloud strategy guide

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by Lauren Horwitz

Managing Editor, Cisco.com

For years, companies struggled in their journey to the cloud given the complexity of cloud environments. But, after a decade, cloud integration and management are getting easier.

Table of contents

The journey to the cloud requires a mix of models and architectures.

Check out news on trends hybrid cloud architecture, hyperconverged infrastructure and networking virtualization and how these trends are reshaping enterprise IT.

View recent data on cloud adoption trends.

Check out our video interviews on cloud opportunity and challenges and our 10 recommendations for building a hybrid cloud architecture.

Introduction

The journey to the cloud requires a mix of models and architectures.

As cloud environments play a larger role in business operations, they offer value, including flexibility, agility, reduced costs and increasing revenue. Enterprises that need to innovate and pivot quickly often turn to cloud services. At the same time, companies have many data center assets that they can’t move to the cloud. Some applications can’t be easily migrated. Other data may be subject to regulatory requirements that prevent that data from residing in public clouds. According to Gartner data, 80% of active virtual machine workloads still run on private infrastructure.

As a result, companies often pursue a hybrid cloud architecture, where some data and applications reside in companies’ own data centers and some data and apps reside in public clouds. In this hybrid cloud strategy guide, we explore how companies are dealing with this mixed journey to the cloud.

Read on for more news, trends, video and data on hybrid cloud strategy and multicloud in the sections below. And check out the entire introduction here.

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News

Check out news on trends hybrid cloud architecture, hyperconverged infrastructure and networking virtualization and how these trends are reshaping enterprise IT.

As enterprises become more pragmatic about their paths to the cloud, company adoption is increasing.

IT is no longer a custodian of legacy infrastructure, but a technology service broker for the business and an ambassador of change, say Gartner analysts.

The journey to the cloud isn’t a straightforward path, says a Gartner expert. It involves a mix of computing styles.

Hyperconverged infrastructure is proving its worth among IT shops that need the agility of on-demand infrastructure without going to public clouds.

Enterprises see the merits of hyperconverged infrastructure to modernize, automate and centralize IT resource management. But adoption hinges on closing the IT skills gap.

Edge computing technology is an undeniable reality, says a Gartner expert. IT’s pushing computing power to the edge to keep pace with trends like IoT and immersive environments.

DevOps helps secure the path to the cloud.

There is ample debate about the IT skills gap. But if there is one, we can start to fill it through investing in employee training and developing an employee pipeline.

As companies develop new applications and move to cloud-based models, the marriage of DevOps and containers makes sense for data center modernization.

Data

View recent data on cloud adoption trends.

According to data from a variety of sources, cloud adoption rates for enterprises will continue to rise.

Video

Check out our video interviews on cloud opportunity and challenges and our 10 recommendations for building a hybrid cloud architecture.

Enterprise hybrid cloud adoption is gaining steam. The technology has matured, and enterprise attitudes have changed. But in fact, companies are really on a journey to a mix of cloud strategies.

Companies now see the light on cloud computing architectures. But they likely need to address the cloud skills gap in their IT departments to manage their environments most effectively.

If you’re considering building an enterprise hybrid cloud, consider these 10 recommendations to manage your environments—and your expectations.

Lauren Horwitz is the managing editor of Cisco.com, where she covers the IT infrastructure market and develops content strategy. Previously, Horwitz was a senior executive editor in the Business Applications and Architecture group at TechTarget;, a senior editor at Cutter Consortium, an IT research firm; and an editor at the American Prospect, a political journal. She has received awards from American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), a min Best of the Web award and the Kimmerling Prize for best graduate paper for her editing work on the journal article "The Fluid Jurisprudence of Israel's Emergency Powers.”