Several deals solidify the hybrid cloud’s status as the cloud of choice

By | August 23, 2019

The hybrid cloud market is anticipated to grow from $38.27 billion in 2017 to $97.64 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.0% throughout the forecast period, according to Markets and Markets.

The research company said the hybrid is rapidly becoming a leading cloud option, since it provides various advantages, including cost, efficiency, agility, mobility, and elasticity. One of many reasons is the need for interoperability standards between cloud solutions and existing systems.

Unless you are a startup business and may be born in the cloud, you have legacy data systems that have to be bridged, and that’s where the hybrid comes in.

So, in rather short order we have seen a lot of new alliances between the old and new guard, reiterating that the demand for hybrid solutions remains powerful.

Back in April, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Google announced a deal where HPE introduced a variety of server solutions such as Google Cloud’s Anthos, along with a consumption-based version for the supported HPE on-premises infrastructure that’s incorporated with Anthos.

Following up with that, the two only announced a strategic partnership to create a hybrid cloud for containers by combining HPE’s on-premises infrastructure, Cloud Data Services, and GreenLake intake model with Anthos. This allows for:

Bi-directional info freedom for information mobility and constant information services between on-premises and cloud
Software workload freedom to move containerized program workloads across on-premises and multi-cloud surroundings
Multi-cloud flexibility, providing the choice of HPE Cloud Volumes and Anthos for that which works best for your workload
Unified hybrid management through Anthos, so clients can get a unified and consistent view of the applications and workloads Irrespective of where they reside
Charged as an agency through HPE GreenLake
This really is a furthering of an already existing venture between IBM and Cisco designed to deliver a secure and common developer experience across on-premises and public cloud environments for constructing modern applications.

Cisco said it will encourage IBM Cloud Private, an on-premises container application development platform, on Cisco HyperFlex and HyperFlex Edge hyperconverged infrastructure. This includes support for IBM Cloud Pak for Applications. IBM Cloud Paks deliver enterprise-ready containerized software solutions and developer tools for building programs and then readily moving to any cloud–private or public.

This structure delivers a secure and common Kubernetes experience across on-premises (including edge) and people cloud surroundings. IBM’s Multicloud Manager covers tracking and management of all clusters and container-based applications running from on-premises into the border, while Cisco’s Virtual Program Centric Infrastructure (ACI) enables customers to extend their network material from on-premises to the IBM Cloud.

Equinix expanded its collaboration with IBM Cloud to bring private and scalable connectivity to international businesses via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). This supplies personal connectivity to IBM Cloud, such as Immediate Link Exchange, Direct Link Dedicated and Direct Link Dedicated Hosting, which is secure and scalable.

ECX Fabric is an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that enables any business to attach between its own distributed infrastructure and some other company’s dispersed infrastructure, including cloud suppliers. Direct Link provides IBM customers with a link between their network and IBM Cloud. So ECX Fabric provides IBM customers using a bonded and scalable network link to the IBM Cloud service.

At precisely the same time, ECX Fabric provides secure connections to other cloud providers, and most customers would rather have a multi-vendor approach to avoid vendor lock-in.

“Each of the partnerships focus on 2 things: 1) supporting a hybrid-cloud platform for their existing customers by reducing the friction to leveraging each solution and 2) leveraging the unique strength that every business brings. Each of those solutions are unique and will be unlikely to compete directly with additional partnerships,” said Tim Crawford, president of Avoa, an IT consultancy.