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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hybrid IT Fuels Demand for Open Cloud Management

Hybrid IT is the result of combining internal and external services -- usually from a combination of on-promise data center and public cloud computing resources. But what are the perceived benefits of hybrid IT? What does the hybrid IT market look like today? Here's recent research findings that offer answers to these questions.

According to the latest market study by Technology Business Research (TBR), the need for better collaboration across traditional IT organizations and their Line of Business (LoB) internal customers -- for resource allocation decision making -- is primarily driving hybridization.

Besides, there's growing demand for an open cloud infrastructure management solution that provides total visibility and control over all cloud computing assets, without the unwanted limitations of the traditional legacy proprietary IT vendors.

TBR estimates the hybrid cloud integration market will generate $8 billion during 2015, with 14 percent year-to-year growth rate, and that's just for for integration. When taking into account the broader public and private cloud computing market pull-through, that's being driven by hybrid IT integration, then the upside potential for growth is significantly larger.


Today, 24 percent of all large enterprises have already begun their hybrid IT transformation process. TBR believes that all forward-thinking CIOs hybridize their infrastructure to some degree, and many other enterprise IT managers will likely start to expand their integration across Cloud-to-Cloud and Cloud-to-On-Premise resource management solutions.

"Hybrid cloud integration will be the key to improve business processes, standardize the usage of cloud and provide a cheaper, efficient method of data storage for vendors," said Jillian Mirandi, senior analyst at TBR. "Since the previous fiscal year, the hybrid cloud adoption rate has increased by nearly 10 percent over the last six months and will continue to do so over the next few years."

To date, according to the TBR assessment, recognized legacy IT vendors -- such as IBM and Microsoft -- have led the proprietary hybrid cloud market with out-of-the-box connections across their own portfolios. However, the rise of open-source frameworks -- from vendors such as Red Hat -- and pre-built integration connectors will expand hybrid IT capabilities, enabling enterprise customers to choose best-of-breed cloud computing technologies.

The extensive TBR analysis viewed the long-term opportunities for hybridization, the rates of cloud adoption and spending trends that will influence integration. They concluded that the digital business transformation goals of many organizations will continue to drive the need for cloud consulting professional services, in support of the ongoing take-up of progressive DevOps methodologies and the deployment of automation platforms.

TBR also points out that enterprises still have concerns around data ownership, storage location, and monitoring usage and internal controls. However, cloud computing security-related concerns, which have topped the list of adoption barriers for the last few years, are now decreasing.

TBR believes this is due to vendors building protection into management tools to address security issues, a growing number of global data centers and third-party security firms securing specific assets of cloud computing technologies, and improved CIO understanding of the cloud services arena.

During this study, TBR surveyed 2,200 decision makers in large enterprises across North America, EMEA and APAC to understand the overall cloud computing marketplace, and identify the key IT industry players that will lead growth in the open hybrid cloud arena.