Several deals solidify the hybrid cloud’s status as the cloud of choice

The hybrid cloud market is expected to grow from $38.27 billion in 2017 to $97.64 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.0% throughout the forecast period, based on Exchange and Dollar.

The research firm said the hybrid is rapidly becoming a leading cloud option, as it provides various advantages, including cost, efficiency, agility, mobility, and elasticity. One of many reasons is that the need for interoperability standards between cloud solutions and present systems.

Unless you are a startup company and can be born in the cloud, then you’ve got legacy data systems which have to be bridged, and that’s where the hybrid cloud comes in.

So, in rather short order we have seen a bunch of new alliances between the new and old guard, reiterating that the need for hybrid solutions remains powerful.

In April, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Google announced a deal where HPE introduced a variety of server solutions such as Google Cloud’s Anthos, together with a consumption-based model for the validated HPE on-premises infrastructure that is incorporated with Anthos.

Following up with this, both just announced a strategic partnership to create a hybrid cloud for containers by combining HPE’s on-premises infrastructure, Cloud Data Services, and GreenLake intake model with Anthos. This allows for:

Bi-directional data mobility for information mobility and consistent information providers between on-premises and cloud
Software workload freedom to move containerized app workloads across on-premises and multi-cloud environments
Multi-cloud flexibility, offering the option of HPE Cloud Volumes and Anthos for that which works best for your workload
Unified hybrid management through Anthos, so customers can get a unified and consistent view of the applications and workloads Irrespective of where they reside
Charged as an agency via HPE GreenLake
This really is a furthering of an already existing partnership between IBM and Cisco designed to deliver a secure and common developer experience across on-premises and public cloud surroundings for building modern applications.

Cisco said it will encourage IBM Cloud Private, an on-premises container application development stage, on Cisco HyperFlex and HyperFlex Edge hyperconverged infrastructure. This includes support for IBM Cloud Pak for Applications. IBM Cloud Paks provide enterprise-ready containerized software solutions and developer tools for building programs and then readily moving to any cloud–private or public.

This structure provides a secure and common Kubernetes experience across on-premises (including edge) and public cloud environments. IBM’s Multicloud Manager covers tracking and management of clusters and container-based software running from on-premises into the border, whereas Cisco’s Virtual Program Centric Infrastructure (ACI) will allow customers to expand their network fabric from on-premises into the IBM Cloud.

Equinix expanded its collaboration with IBM Cloud to bring personal and scalable connectivity to global businesses via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). This provides private connectivity to IBM Cloud, such as Immediate Link Exchange, Direct Link Dedicated and Direct Link Dedicated Hosting, which is scalable and secure.

ECX Fabric is a web-based, SDN-enabled interconnection service that enables any business to connect between its distributed infrastructure and some other company’s dispersed infrastructure, such as cloud suppliers. Direct Link provides IBM customers with a link between their network and IBM Cloud. So ECX Fabric provides IBM customers using a secured and scalable network connection to the IBM Cloud service.

At precisely the exact same time, ECX Fabric provides secure connections to other cloud suppliers, and many clients prefer a multi-vendor strategy to avoid vendor lock-in.

“All the partnerships concentrate on 2 things: 1) encouraging a hybrid-cloud platform for their present customers by decreasing the friction to leveraging each solution and 2) leveraging the exceptional strength that every business brings. Each of the solutions are unique and will be unlikely to compete directly with additional ventures,” said Tim Crawford, president of Avoa, an IT consultancy.