It’s time to dissect the hybrid playbook and call out “lift and shift” for what it is: a recipe for disaster, writes David Safaii, CEO at Trilio
We’ve heard the hype: hybrid cloud is the future. It’s limitless. It’s the ‘ideal’ IT model. It spins ethernet cables into gold. All for the low, low price of £9.95!
But when we consider why hybrid cloud strategies have become so popular, it really comes down to simplicity. Organisations want the flexibility of public cloud with the control of private cloud — and the line between the two should be seamless.
In reality, we’re quite far from a unified hybrid cloud platform that can deliver on these lofty requirements. But that’s beginning to change, and it all comes down to containers.
Containers have forced companies around the world, both new and old, to rethink their cloud strategy. After all, containers aren’t designed to be static; they’re not tied to any one cloud or virtualized infrastructure. Containers DEMAND hybrid cloud.
This is an instance where the IT demand for simplicity over complexity — while still maintaining ultimate control — has pushed the marketplace to evolve. How can vendors move workloads across multiple technologies, clouds, and data centres without interrupting production environments? How can developers gain on-demand / access to the resources they need when they need them? How is IT going to pay for all this? For all these reasons, containers have redefined the requirements for hybrid cloud environments to require a tightly integrated ecosystem of tools.
IBM’s $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat further confirms this market shift.