Interconnection Trends: Organisations Embrace Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid cloud connectivity matures as more organisations seek diverse approaches to IT infrastructure.
To stay on-premises, or move to the cloud? In this past, this may have seemed like a binary choice. But as the industry continues to mature, more organisations are taking a hybrid approach to their IT infrastructure, using bespoke combinations of public and private cloud systems, and on-premises infrastructure.
This exploration is leading to shifts in the way cloud providers build their offerings and how organisations use those services – and it might mean the industry needs to reconsider how it handles connectivity.
Cloud providers reassess their offerings
Early in the cloud adoption boom, many providers committed completely to fully cloud-based offerings, designed to be a complete replacement for on-premises infrastructure.
But now, as more organisations choose to use a mixed approach to the way they handle their IT, providers are being forced to diversify from pure cloud to end-to-end solutions that support a myriad of different infrastructure set ups.
Hybrid-friendly offerings are vital for cloud providers that want to keep organisations on the books. Microsoft Azure Stack and Red Hat have been prominent within the hybrid space, and AWS has recently joined with its fully managed on-premises offering, Outposts, signalling wider adoption among solution providers as well as customers.
The DIY approach to hybrid cloud
Just because a hybrid cloud environment incorporates multiple cloud solutions, doesn’t mean it needs to be a wholly outsourced endeavour.
The beauty of a hybrid approach is that you’re not confined by the offering of a single vendor – you have the opportunity to build and curate an infrastructure that’s aligned completely with your organisation’s individual requirements. This means you can meet exact specifications, rather than just choosing the option that represents the best fit.
That means you don’t have to overcommit to an infrastructure that’s too expensive or complex, or will need further investments to make it fit for purpose. You can pick and choose the components that make the most sense for the IT environment you’re creating. Organisations can have the perfect mix of public and private cloud options, as well as on-premises data centres for functions and processes with specific data sovereignty requirements.
Hybrid cloud demands connectivity
Integrating public, private, and on-premises components requires strong interconnectivity to ensure the whole infrastructure works as one. After all, the benefits of having a carefully designed environment that takes advantage of the different perks of on-premises and the cloud will be lost if your infrastructure can’t communicate effectively.
At Megaport, we’re expecting this trend to boost business requirements for dedicated interconnection services. Customers are going to be looking for connectivity options designed to ensure all the different facets of the IT environment work together with security, consistency, and scalability. That’s likely to translate into organisations requesting faster average port speeds and having higher demands for reliable uptime and broader bandwidth.
This is just one of seven key interconnection trends we’ve identified – and we’re tracking its progress throughout this year and beyond. Read our guide to the industry’s top interconnection trends to learn about the rest.