Hybrid Cloud Computing – Server Virtualization – VMUnify
At a recent NASSCOM Cloud and Mobility summit, the topic of discussion was “The Myths of the Hybrid Cloud.” With a reach out to address the common myths surrounding the Hybrid Cloud, I presented my topic themed ‘Hybrid Cloud is for every enterprise.’
Before decoding this topic, let us try to understand what the Hybrid Cloud is made of. Hybrid Clouds are created when a Private and Public cloud act as one, with the same kind of policies, the same network, etc.
If we closely observe private cloud vendors or analysts in this area of specialization, it is not difficult to believe that ‘private cloud’ is the way forward after server virtualization. To address this very need, we developed VMUnify. We came up with a beta release for the Indian market and approached multiple enterprises (banks, government, manufacturing, defense, etc.) for proof of concepts (PoCs). While our prospects were aware of the private cloud, with VMUnify, we gave them a first glance of a ‘private cloud solution.’ Since these enterprises were already into Server Virtualization, the virtualization paradigm was well understood. This made the migration to the cloud easier.
The PoCs were doing fine, but after a month or so, when we approached them again to discuss the next steps, we ended up with either a lack of interest or a refusal for future services. A majority of the prospects were unsure of what they can do with the private cloud.
We were back to square one! After spending close to a year on developing this solution, we realized that our target market was not yet ready for this solution. We have however currently discovered an alternative market and pursuing it at the best of our capabilities at this moment.
Well, anyway, getting back to the topic of discussion, with us testing the waters, here’s what we concluded with: We can broadly classify an enterprise’s workload into two major categories – fixed and variable. Fixed workload can be associated with application servers for which, the numbers of current and future users / consumers are clearly understood. Server Virtualization is the answer for these workloads.
If the workloads are variable (which typically happens with an application that is outward facing such as Online Tax Filing application, a gaming application, etc.), where the workload count can be anywhere between one and something really large, the cloud is the answer. Whether it has to be private or public can be decided by considering other factors such as cost, type of the application, capabilities of the infrastructure, etc.
Every enterprise has instances of fixed or predictable workloads, but not every enterprise has variable workloads. Also, not every enterprise may want to host a variable workload in-house.
We can come to a rational conclusion by understanding that a small set of enterprises which have variable workloads, who would also prefer to deploy it on their own infrastructure, a Private Cloud implementation is the way to go.
If some of the enterprises decide to take advantage of Public Cloud resources along with the Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud would be a perfect fit. Looks like this percentages likely to remain low for a long time! What’s your take on it?
Source: GoArticles by Author Nisha Verma who is an experienced IT person and loves writing on the different aspects and fields related to IT. I love writing on latest trends and innovative technologies. For further details visit cloud service providers and cloud computing model.
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