How Hybrid Cloud Will Impact Desktops, Users, and Management

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One of the most dominant forms of cloud today is the hybrid cloud model. In fact, IDC recently predicted that more than 85% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to multi-cloud architectures by 2018, driving up the rate and pace of change in IT organizations.

In a hybrid cloud, a company can still leverage third party cloud providers in either a full or partial manner. This increases the flexibility of computing. The hybrid cloud environment is also capable of providing on-demand, externally-provisioned scalability. Augmenting a traditional private cloud with the resources of a public cloud can help businesses manage any unexpected surges in workload.

Here’s the other reality – many hybrid cloud initiatives revolve around end-user demands and evolving business requirements.

Gartner analysts said that by 2020, cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come in more or less at par in terms of spending.

“As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. “Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multisourced environment.”

Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities.

So, what does hybrid cloud ultimately mean for applications, desktops, users, and management?

Hybrid Cloud and the End-User Environment

The end-point environment will continue to evolve and user management will become even more important. Aside from the fact that virtualization and hybrid cloud projects will continue to increase, there will be even more emphasis on the user layer. The best way to keep a user productive is to allow them to have their settings and experience the same computing interaction between any device. Hybrid cloud systems will allow organizations to become truly flexible in the types of services they can deliver.

Hybrid cloud technologies which focus on the user’s experience aren’t only improving user management practices – they are making the user happier and much more productive. Better infrastructure management, increased user visibility, and more control over the user experience will help organizations align their IT goals with the needs of the business.

When you deploy hybrid cloud with the end-user in mind – there are some big benefits in getting this right. Consider these three points:

  1. A more productive workforce. Imagine being able to dynamically load-balance your environment to ensure optimal performance. Or, creating greater levels of availability and confidence for the end-user. All of this creates a more productive workforce which has constant access to their data, apps, and critical workloads.
  2. Fewer calls to helpdesk and less end-point management for the IT group. Hybrid cloud also allows you to leverage cloud-based end-point and end-user management resources. For example, VDI and application delivery can stay onsite, while you leverage an ITSM that’s cloud-based. From there, you can leverage the powerful connection between on premise and cloud resources to automate user control and resource delivery. All of this translates to less management and a more self-regulating ecosystem.
  3. Greater abilities to scale. When you transform application and infrastructure architectures, service delivery, DevOps, and even production operations via a hybrid cloud architecture – you fundamentally change your ability to scale for the positive. The other big element here is the dynamic ability to onboard and offboard users. Hybrid cloud allows you to create OPEX scale models where you simply don’t have to acquire gear to support temporary users.

Remember, the cloud model is here to stay. In fact, more organizations are expanding their infrastructure directly into some type of cloud platform. Yes – initially, there were concerns about the operation of a cloud. It was a new technology, adoption was low, and many businesses were worried about resources. However, we’re way beyond that. The modern cloud has come a long way.

When going on a hybrid cloud journey – know that you don’t have to do this alone. There are amazing partners which will not only help you define your cloud path, they’ll take your end-users directly into the planning process. This means designing cloud services, various types of hybrid delivery models, focusing on key applications, and always keeping end-user performance in mind. There are a lot of benefits in moving to a hybrid cloud platform; the trick is getting a good start. Once you do, you’ll clearly see the direct benefits of working with a powerful hybrid cloud infrastructure.

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Bill Kleyman

CTO at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the CTO at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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