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Hybrid Cloud Considerations for 2016

By now, the arrival of cloud computing is a foregone conclusion. Enterprises now faced with the changing information technology landscape have employed strategies to adjust, exploring public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions. Research from IDC corroborates these activities, with the firm reporting that by 2018, more than half of IT spending will be cloud-related.


Leading the cloud charge specifically is that of hybrid cloud. Though organizations have bought into the notion of cloud, they are hampered by legacy technology that is crucial to the business or have a desire to maintain technology assets on-premise. For information technology teams, hybrid cloud is beneficial since some deployments must remain on-premise for security and development purposes while other assets can be migrated. This is seen in new technologies like IBM’s Bluemix, where developers can produce innovations on their local machines and connect to other applications, scale for size and use, and automate deployments. Complementary and supplementary technologies like IBM UrbcanCode (Deployments) and SoftLayer (Infrastructure) offer similar hybrid cloud value.

With these practical considerations in mind, just how popular is hybrid cloud? According to RightScale’s 2016 State of the Cloud report, hybrid cloud adoption rose from 58% to 71%, with 95% of respondents now using cloud overall. For those looking deeper into the future, research firm Gartner believes that 50% of enterprises will use hybrid cloud by 2017 while IDC pegs the number closer to 80%. Either way, hybrid cloud is here and does not plan on going away soon.

When looking at your organization’s future, where do you see hybrid cloud factoring into day-to-day business? Will it impact how your engineering staffs innovate? Will it enable greater productivity? Will it lead to a more stable infrastructure, allowing for more peace-of-mind? Whatever the interests may be, join Perficient on May 5 as we explore how businesses can accelerate digitally in a cloud-first world. We’ll be joined by IDC Analyst Gard Little and Joel Thimsen, Perficient’s own director of Cloud and DevOps.

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Albert Qian

Albert Qian is a Marketing Manager at Perficient for our IBM PCS, DevOps, and Enterprise Solutions Partners focused on cloud computing technologies.

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