A provocatively titled blog post on CIO.com caught my eye: “CIOs' Cloud Strategy Must Include Public Cloud Services.” In particular, this comment by the author resonated with me: "... it has become clear to IT management that this public cloud computing 'fling' has become a serious commitment." The author posits that public cloud adoption isn't "headstrong software engineers covertly conducting shadow IT on their own time." Instead, enterprise public cloud adoption is being approved by executives in the applications group.
I whole heartedly agree with that assumption. But I also see public clouds being embraced across the enterprise—not just by developers as a test and development sandbox. For example, during high-peak times—such as Black Friday for retailers―you could burst IT workloads from your traditional IT or private cloud infrastructures to a public cloud. The public cloud manages that overload until workloads return to normal and you move everything back to your traditional IT or private cloud. That’s the beauty of hybrid cloud delivery.
However, the CIO.com blogger also goes on to say: "Apps are now in production and cannot be disrupted by transferring them to an internal cloud." What's preventing enterprises from transferring apps between different cloud delivery platforms? Is it lack of interoperability? Lack of standards? Is it the security implications? Or a lack of skills? I'd say it's a lack of a common cloud management platform.
Got common cloud management
William Van Winkle explains this well in his blog post for Tom's ITPro website: "Many enterprises want private cloud , particularly for mission critical applications, but then want to bring developers on board to assist with developing new apps in a public cloud built on the likes of Amazon, HP Cloud Services, or RackSpace. Such 'hybrid cloud' environments still need management and security, which is where support, either via third-party or improved internal IT, becomes critical."
The central theme of our recently announced HP Converged Cloud strategy is that all our cloud services and solution spanning private, public and hybrid clouds are interoperable. Through the use of open standards, we can provide a common management framework for all your applications, whether they're in traditional data centers, or private, public or hybrid clouds. A key enabler of this is the HP Converged Management and Security solution that helps you automate deployment, management and security across traditional and cloud environments.
Hear how HP customers are benefiting from hybrid clouds
But don't take just my word for how hybrid cloud delivery is helping companies innovate. Visit our Cloud Computing Hub and watch videos of IT leaders at ING Bank, British Gas Centrica and GS1, a not-for-profit supply chain community, describe how they are benefiting from HP cloud solutions.
For instance, ING is improving the time it takes to adopt new business services through cloud computing. By taking a well-managed approach to cloud computing, from private to hybrid to public clouds, ING anticipates a 30-percent reduction over time to the cost of IT.
I also invite you to read how three industry leaders—McKesson Corp, Vaillant Group and Hostworks, use cloud technology to fuel innovation, sustain growth and scale website availability.
Where is public cloud in your business?
Are public clouds an inherent part of your cloud strategy? Let me know your thoughts on public clouds and their place in the enterprise. Is public cloud a lone venture in your organization or deeply integrated with your traditional IT?