The Coming of the Hybrid Cloud

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NEWS ANALYSIS: As the line blurs between on-premise and public cloud computing, demand will be greater for external expertise to make sense of it all.

The primary issue with integration in the cloud comes down to the maturity of the organizations using it, said John Joseph, vice president of marketing at Scribe Software. Going into 2016, however, Joseph said he expects to see a significant wave of integration activity at all levels of the enterprise.

"A lot of the cloud applications are currently disconnected," Joseph said. "Most organizations are still focused on getting cloud applications up and running. Then they'll focus on integration."

The Next Big Opportunity

Still, the channel for the most part remains firmly convinced that hybrid cloud computing represents the next big opportunity for solution providers. While a recent survey from Verizon Enterprise Solutions shows that many application workloads are clearly moving into the cloud, there will still be plenty of application workloads that will not move into a public cloud. As a result, IT environments are by definition becoming hybrid clouds, which creates additional levels of IT complexity that solution providers are uniquely positioned to address.

"Somebody still has to manage it all," said Ralph Blanco, president of Executive Computer Management Solutions, a solution provider based in Struthers, Ohio. "Customers want someone to manage their data regardless of where it is."

Similarly, Jeff Robles, senior business consultant for I.T. Solutions of South Florida, a solution provider based in Lake Worth, Fla., notes that, when it comes to the cloud, solution providers simply need to be savvy about where they pick their spots.

"When it comes to Microsoft Exchange, for example, we try to get it into the cloud," Robles said. "But the customers still need someone to function as their CIO regardless of where something is deployed."

While it may still be unclear just how homogeneous versus heterogeneous hybrid cloud computing may actually turn out to be, there's no doubt that as the line between on-premise and public cloud computing continues to blur, the demand will be greater for external expertise to make sense of it all.

Michael Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for more than 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWEEK, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.