In 2015, enterprises, systems integrators and service providers will start to realize that the term “hybrid cloud” isn’t so black and white. Hybrid cloud, or better yet, Hybrid IT is a new approach to networking that should create a perfect harmony between on-premise, private, outsourced and public cloud environments.
City Network is one of the first infrastructure providers in Europe to launch a public cloud built on OpenStack which is available across multiple connected data centres. In this post I have a conversation with Johan Christenson, CEO of City Cloud, about this groundbreaking development in public cloud services.
The trend towards standardisation in the cloud IaaS market means it’s becoming possible to commoditise cloud infrastructure and trade it like any other commodity. One of the world’s leading stock exchange organisations, Deutsche Börse Group, is now applying its expertise to the cloud IaaS market.
Service providers are in a transitional phase between traditional hosting and cloud services, influenced by a change in customer demand. This is in turn causing a fundamental shift in how service providers source and operate their data centres. Where in the past service providers opted for tier 1 or 2 data centres to optimise margins, I see an increasing trend towards the use of higher quality data centres.
Times continue to change for European hosting providers. With more enterprises drawn to cloud-based infrastructure (IaaS) by the promise of cost reductions and increased scalability, traditional hosting and integration revenues are coming under pressure.
Global cloud providers are increasingly considered as the main competition in the eyes of local and regional service providers in Europe. According to Interxion’s annual research of the European hosting and cloud market, 37 percent of respondents view global providers as their main competition, which represents a significant spike from last year’s response of only 13 percent.
When it comes to public and private cloud solutions working in conjunction with each other, ‘hybrid harmony’ isn’t really that far away.
The challenge is that enterprises expect service providers to meet their capacity demands, without sacrificing the real-time performance. The problem for service providers is one of expectations – enterprises are accustomed to private cloud services, which offer a reliable, low latency, high throughput connection.
A trouble free migration to a cloud environment makes life a lot easier on all stakeholders, but often enterprises are led to believe the process is all smooth sailing. However It’s not as simple as copy and pasting, but with proper planning, you can avoid the headaches.
Large enterprises and Service Providers are quickly realizing that they’ll need to connect directly to their Cloud Providers in order to achieve a hybrid IT reality for themselves or their customers— but few want to do so through open Internet connectivity.
Significant challenges for onboarding arise from the fact that most applications running in a legacy IT environment are not designed to run in the cloud. Therefore, successful migration to the cloud is dependent on a careful and thorough planning period. I’ve compiled a list of 7 essential steps to help your business through the onboarding process.
Not surprisingly, the first applications enterprises typically choose to onboard are those already running in a virtualized environment. But not all virtualized applications are ‘cloud friendly.’ As such, enterprises must commit to early planning in order to prepare their workloads for cloud environments. This cloud onboarding process has 7 essential steps.
The times of one-service-fits-all cloud solutions are over. With the growing adaptation in the Netherlands of new cloud technologies, and the growing number of specialist cloud providers, the cloud landscape in the Netherlands is diversifying and maturing.