Layered on top of these many and varied cloud foundation options are hybrid cloud services, said Norbert Thier, Senior Sales Manager at Nutanix.
“True hybrid cloud services introduce innovation into the mix, offering additional value beyond just distinct clouds with common management,” Thier said.
True Hybrid Services
Global enterprises consistently indicate they’re striving for the freedom to run workloads in the infrastructure best suited to them based on fluctuating criteria. The “best” location could be dynamically dictated by cost, compliance requirements, time-to-market pressures, occasional bursts of compute activity that require extra, temporary resources and other variables.
The desired location could be on-prem or off and enterprises want the agility to move workloads as requirements change, according to Thier.
“Together, on-prem and public cloud infrastructures able to support this fluidity can be considered true hybrid cloud infrastructure,” he said.
By extension, true hybrid cloud services – such as disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and virtualized desktop as a service (DaaS) offerings – operate seamlessly across the amalgamated infrastructure, with consistent access, security, and management functions delivered by a common interface.
“True hybrid cloud services make the cloud divide almost invisible,” said Thier.
“You don't want to tell business users that they have to change the way they work because you’ve moved to the public cloud, which operates differently,” he said. “You want to completely blur that line.”
Pulling It All Together
New line-blurring technologies are becoming available. One is Nutanix Clusters on AWS and Azure. Customers can use Nutanix Prism interface to manage their private cloud and move virtual machines (VMs), licenses and applications seamlessly across public cloud environments, including Nutanix, AWS and Microsoft Azure, according to Manjul Sahay, Senior Director of Product Management at Nutanix.
Another example is Xi Leap, a disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering built into the Nutanix Acropolis Operating System. Sahay said this built-in technology and service allows IT teams to fail over their on-premises systems to a public cloud using the same interface that controls their private cloud.
“These developments are starting to fill the workload portability and integration gaps that keep businesses from getting the most from their public cloud investments,” said Sahay.
Digital transformation, big data, remote workspaces, Internet of Things and other digital aspects will drive enterprises to multiple public clouds to quickly manage spikes in demand for IT resources or leverage new services. Increasingly, businesses are turning to new technologies like Nutanix Clusters, DRaaS, database as a service DBaaS, desktop as a service and other services that can run on and off premises.
“When companies can run and move these tools across private and public cloud infrastructure, they provide better customer experiences and operational efficiencies,” said Sahay. “Hybrid cloud is helping businesses build resiliency and agility to handle what comes their way in the future.”