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May 13, 2020

Can AWS, Google, and Microsoft Save IT from the Mires of Hybrid Cloud Complexity?

Scott Sinclair
Practice Director, Cloud & Infrastructure

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GettyImages-1171421825In my recent article at SearchStorage, I took a look the hybrid cloud solutions offered by several of the major public cloud providers, Google Anthos, AWS Outposts, and Azure Stack, and their potential to help solve the modern challenges of hybrid cloud environments.

IT has a complexity problem, as nearly two thirds (64%) of IT decision makers recently surveyed by ESG indicated IT is more complex now compared with just two years ago. And for those that identify IT as more complex, more than a quarter (26%) of them identify the need to leverage both on-premises data centers and off-premises cloud providers as a driver of that increased complexity.

It makes sense. No matter how easy leveraging cloud services may be, doing two things at the same time is almost always more difficult than just doing one of those things.

As hybrid cloud environments have becomes common across all types of IT organizations, nearly every technology provider offers solutions that span across on- and off-premises boundaries. But, in a recent ESG research study, IT decision makers expressed support for solutions from public cloud providers.

For example, 77% of respondents said they believe on-premises hybrid cloud services from the public cloud providers can help them accelerate their hybrid cloud strategies.

In the article, I take a deeper look at the technologies, but Google Anthos, AWS Outposts, and Azure Stack all offer the potential to help transform IT hybrid cloud environments, by:

  • Simplifying hybrid cloud planning and architecture.
  • Expediting and simplifying application development.
  • Reducing the risk, cost, and personnel burden.

Looking forward, it is impossible to ignore that recent events have changed the current state of business, and some of those changes may continue as businesses finds their new normal. Technology’s place as an essential driver of business opportunity and success will likely not change, however. As a result, I expect businesses to be even more focused on operational efficiency along with cost and risk reduction as they seek to leverage their technology investments moving forward, a trend which would only increase the interest in these solutions.

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