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Hybrid Cloud Trends to Watch Out for in 2021

Hybrid Cloud Trends to Watch Out for in 2021

Red Hat chief architect Emily Brand says that the enterprise shift to hybrid cloud as the standard is evident in recent developments in the cloud landscape that are blurring the lines between the public cloud and the traditional data center. This in turn is giving companies that embraced hybrid cloud earlier an advantage.
“With the recent announcements by the major cloud vendors encouraging hybrid cloud, our existing customers who have been preparing for this are now in the unique position to be ahead of their competitors who may be all-in on one cloud provider,” Brand says.
Expect hybrid cloud’s status to be cemented in 2021 as IT leaders and organizations become more intentional and strategic about their hybrid cloud architectures. And that’s the first of five hybrid cloud trends worth monitoring in the year ahead. Let’s take a deeper look.
1. Hybrid becomes entrenched as the go-to IT infrastructure model
Even though plenty of companies “accidentally” adopt a hybrid cloud model, they’re now realizing that it affords them greater strategic control over what runs where. Cloud does not have to be an either/or
In the year ahead, expect a growing focus on developing smart hybrid cloud strategies that maximize the benefits of this approach. These plans should include essentials like resource utilization and cost optimization, application modernization roadmaps based on what’s best for the organization (rather than abstract benefits), tighter data governance, stronger security postures, and more.
2. Cloud platforms themselves turn increasingly hybrid
The “rush to the public cloud” phase is likely to ebb relative to recent years. That’s because organizations no longer always need to actually move an application to a public cloud platform to achieve the benefits that come with doing so. They increasingly can gain the same or similar advantages in their own datacenter; cloud-native technologies like Kubernetes should not be confused with “cloud-only,” per se.
Cost savings are typically a key factor when considering lift-and-shift to the cloud, which is beginning to look less and less attractive due to the highly optimized on-premises cloud environments of the future.
3. Workload-environment fit is a major priority
All of the above points to a growing trend toward more holistically and thoughtfully rationalizing the application portfolio on a case-by-case basis. Put another way: Forward-thinking organizations are better able to match workloads to the best environment based on a range of criteria that matter to them most, whether cost, performance, compliance, skill sets, industry-specific needs, and so forth.
King thinks we’ll hear more about repatriation – essentially, cloud migration in reverse – and it will simply be the result of more priority being placed on workload fit, not because of some generalized abandonment of cloud and its benefits.
4. Edge computing drives hybrid cloud adoption
Companies end up with hybrid cloud architectures for many reasons. But there’s one that is increasingly fueling intentional adoption.
Edge computing has emerged as one of the most important drivers given that edge is an explicitly hybrid approach to computing. It spans from the enterprise computing core out to the edge of Telco and other service provider networks and from there, to user sites and sensor networks. Edge contrasts sharply with multi-cloud silos given that consistent platforms and management is a necessity for edge architectures to function effectively.

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