Analysts and experts are pretty much in agreement that the end state of the current digital revolution is an architecture heavily supporting the hybrid cloud -- an architecture that facilitates non-disruptive cloud migration and enables organizations to deliver applications and vital services through a combination of seamlessly integrated private clouds, public clouds and on-premise systems.
Greater agility, improved workload distribution, faster delivery of new innovative services, and a unified infrastructure that ensures real-time reporting and advanced analytics top the list of hybrid cloud drivers. And, of course, there's less investment in hardware and lower TCO.
Here's a sample of predictions on the future of the hybrid cloud:
- As reported in Network Computing, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017, according to Gartner. Hybrid cloud computing is at the same place today that private cloud was three years ago, says the consultancy.
- According to the 5th Annual Cloud Survey conducted by North Bridge in 2015, hybrid cloud use is expected to double in two years. North Bridge's survey also states that only one in four hybrid cloud users believe their organization is leveraging 50-100 percent of their hybrid cloud capabilities.
- According to IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2016 Predictions, more than 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017.
- According to a Cloud Computing Market: Technology Models, Challenges, and Business Benefits report, of the cloud computing implementation types, hybrid cloud is expected to gain interest over the next 12 months and see a greater budget allocation in 2016, compared to 2015.
Complexity stifles hybrid cloud adoption
- According to an NTT Communications survey of 300 CIOs, 56% of CIOs agree with the statement: “The complexity of our IT environment is holding back from placing more of our ICT in the cloud." 58% cite complexity of existing IT environment as main barrier to cloud adoption; and 42% say they want to migrate to the cloud but it is too complex.
- According to a CIO Insight Report, managing hybrid deployments combining in-the-cloud and on-premises solutions ranks among the key drivers of IT complexity.
SAP simplifies the hybrid cloud
As reported by InformationWeek, SAP expects its cloud business to increase sevenfold by 2020, reaching $9.2 billion from $1.3 billion in 2014 -- a year in which SAP' cloud revenue grew 45%.
To achieve this ambitious goal, SAP (and SAP Partners) must do everything in their power to minimize, nay, eliminate the complexity currently hindering hybrid-cloud models.
SAP HANA affords customers the opportunity to easily deploy hybrid scenarios for unprecedented IT flexibility and accelerated business innovation, and equally vital, enables businesses to execute their IT strategy at their own pace, based on their unique needs, while keeping all the integration and business benefits of existing SAP solutions in tact.
More specifically, with SAP Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS) offerings such as those from NTT DATA’s Dimension DATA or SAP’s own HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) -- both single-tenant, private managed cloud offerings, its support for SAP S/4HANA -- SAP’s next-gen Business Suite purpose-built for HANA, and its seamless integration with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform -- an open platform-as-a-service that provides unique in-memory database and application services, SAP customers can smoothly migrate to a hybrid environment, greatly simplify the architecture of mission-critical applications, and rapidly introduce digital business innovations.
The new Spring 2016 edition of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, announced at SAPPHIRE NOW, helps companies across all industries and lines of business (LOBs) to extend existing on-premise and cloud apps, integrate cloud applications and build entirely new ones, enabling customers to incorporate new cloud functionality with existing on-premise business applications to help meet business requirements faster.
Included in the Spring 2016 edition of HCP is a new API Business Hub that provides partners, customers and developers with centralized access to APIs for HCP and other SAP applications, greatly simplifying innovative hybrid deployment models.
The latest release of SAP HANA Platform (SP 12), announced at SAPPHIRE NOW, features a new hybrid data management service in the cloud that enables companies to quickly and easily embed cloud agility into their on-premise data management environment.
The new release also includes an invitation-only beta program designed to help strategic customers get direct hands-on access to hybrid data management services in the cloud.
Announced in May just prior to SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP Solution Manager 7.2, designed for SAP customers who are using SAP S/4HANA or intend to migrate to cloud-based solutions, is purpose-built for hybrid support, greatly simplifying the task managing software environments that are partially on-premise and partly cloud-based.
Contact NTT DATA today to learn more about how SAP opens the floodgates to the hybrid cloud.