About a month ago, Flexiant had the pleasure of hooking up with Jon Collins, author, technology commentator and director at Inter Orbis at Structure:Europe. Later this week I’m catching up with him again to discuss all things cloud – as we like to do here at Flexiant.

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Jon wrote an interesting article on CloudPro entitled, “Cloud society: hybrid cloud is dead; long live hybrid.” A catchy title and one that sounds similar to our blog from 2012 “Private Cloud is Dead.” In the article, Jon summarizes that the word ‘hybrid’ exists because evangelical IT vendors admitted defeat “in that mere marketing could not overturn several decades of computational best practice.”

He writes:

The hybrid notion came with a palpable sigh of relief across the whole industry. Yes, businesses could benefit from using scalable hosted infrastructure, or web-based software packages. Equally there would be times when building custom systems would make more sense – it would be madness to suggest anything else. This meant that rather than pinning hope on silver-bullets-as-a-service, organisations could go back to a model in which the best combination of tools are chosen for the job.

Jon highlights two areas of importance for the hybrid model. One is cloud orchestration and as expected, we are particularly interested in his view. He says that orchestration will grow in importance because it “can take place across the gamut of available resources, whether they are hosted or in-house… [and that] system components are opening themselves up to being controlled.”

The article also highlights the importance of integration between private and public cloud systems i.e. the hybrid cloud. Jon highlights that now the rhetoric between the two opposing cloud systems has passed (although I’m not certain it is completely behind us), integration will become center-stage. He writes:

Not only do data paths need to exist between systems wherever they are situated, but also timeliness of transfer needs to fall beneath an acceptable threshold.

I would go a step further and suggest it is not just about integration between the two different clouds – a very important step towards public cloud completely – but it is also about integration between various computing systems and different software vendors capabilities that will give cloud customers an advantage.

So what is the service provider to do? Well they need the ability to handle orchestration and integration of cloud services, easily, for the customer. So if the end user wants a little bit of private and a little bit of public, service providers can offer both within their own datacentres with smooth integration enabled between the two.

Furthermore, if the end user wants a little bit from this vendor and a little bit from that vendor, the service provider must also give them what they want, easily. But how can they do that? Well more to come on this in a few weeks.

Jon concludes:

So, the hybrid king may be dead, but long live hybrid – as long as it means more than just marketing and offers genuine answers around both integration and orchestration. The answer was never going to come from a single place; the key to the future is deciding how to make the best of all resources, wherever they are situated and however provisioned.

Stay tuned for more on this!

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