Why Hybrid Cloud
A little more than a month into 2016 and it’s becoming increasingly clear that this is the year when making the cloud a strategic part of your IT landscape is no longer optional. Mobile, analytics, and API’s are transforming virtually every industry and market segment. Cloud technologies have lowered the barriers to entry, which puts most organizations in a position where they need to either react to disruption happening around them or proactively look to disrupt new markets in search of growth opportunities.
A recent IBM Center of Applied Insights global study revealed that leading organizations are 2x more likely to be expanding into new markets with hybrid cloud and 5x more likely to be using hybrid cloud for cognitive computing initiatives. Further, 9 in 10 organizations have indicated that hybrid cloud has higher return on investment than either an all-traditional or all-cloud environment. IDC is predicting that by 2017 more than 80% of enterprises will commit to hybrid cloud architectures.
What The Analysts Are Saying
In light of all this, it’s interesting to note that recent analyst reports have been highlighting IBM’s hybrid cloud leadership.
- Forrester chose IBM as a leader in its Forrester Wave: Hybrid Cloud Management Solutions, Q1 2016 report, noting that 65% of the respondents to their Global Business Technographics Infrastructure Survey are managing multiple public and/or private clouds today. IBM’s strong capabilities include “powerful resource discovery and onboarding, configuration management, depth and breadth of available templates (patterns), role-based controls, and platform APIs”.
- Forrester has also named IBM a leader in its Forrester Wave: Private Cloud Software Suites, Q1 2016 report, with the IBM solution standing out due its OpenStack environment that keeps platform functionality true to code.
- Synergy Research has named IBM as the leading hybrid cloud provider in its report Worldwide Cloud Infrastructure Services Market Share, Q3 2015.
What I found surprising about these reports is what you won’t find. Some of the IBM competitors that have been shouting the loudest about their hybrid cloud capabilities and how superior they are – notably Oracle – is completely missing. You also won’t find many of the other ‘traditional’ middleware vendors that have been trying to reposition themselves as ‘cloud ready’ such as Software AG and TIBCO. I think this is an important consideration when you start to consider a technology partner that can help you deliver on your hybrid cloud strategy.