The Portland Group
CSCS Top Right Frontpage
HPCwire

Since 1986 - Covering the Fastest Computers
in the World and the People Who Run Them

Language Flags

Visit additional Tabor Communication Publications

Enterprise Tech
Datanami
HPCwire Japan

The Legend of the Hybrid Cloud?


On the surface, hybrid clouds make perfect sense and are in use today in multiple settings. The concept is simple and practical; by blending in-house resources with those in the cloud via numerous SaaS offerings or even more direct cloud storage paradigms, it is possible to leverage the cloud when needed while making sure that the confidential or secure information stays inside the firewall where it’s “safer” than it would otherwise be in the ether.

While there are several that are viable examples, the term “hybrid cloud” is being adopted by many new parties, some of which really don’t offer what the true (if there is such a thing) definition of hybrid clouds promise. This has prompted some to ask whether or not the hybrid cloud is something concrete or if it’s the product of marketing hype on the part of vendors who don’t want to appear that they are behind the times by not providing a product that has the word “cloud” tied to it.

The question is, where do we draw the line about what is practicable, functional hybrid cloud to begin with? After all, there are many hybrid cloud models that we see in action that make sense and have yielded good results. So why the questioning and where is it coming from?

This all comes to the surface after today, when Joe Panettieri at MSPMentor asked readers which companies were the ones promoting hybrid cloud offerings and suggested that those who could be listed were simply the ones who didn’t have a cloud strategy in place. He suggested that it’s “like 1995 all over again. Back then, Microsoft ‘internet-enabled’ all of its software, thanks to Bill Gates’ famed Internet Tidal Wave memo.

Now the cloud tidal wave is here-and every on premises hardware and software company wants to cloud enable their offerings.” He urged readers to be careful as “many vendors will simply slap a ‘cloud’ logo on their products, hoping partners and customers will drink the Kool-Aid.”

Panettieri and others who make similar assertions do have a point—since cloud is the latest craze, there are a boatload of offerings that present no cloud-like characteristics to speak of yet are being heavily branded as such. Until the fervor around the term has time to simmer and the real pieces of cloud in the NIST definition float to the top, it’s going to be up to end users and partners to make up their own minds about what a cloud is—and is not.


Full story at MSPMentor

Most Read Features

Most Read Around the Web

Most Read This Just In

Most Read Blogs


Sponsored Whitepapers

Breaking I/O Bottlenecks

10/30/2013 | Cray, DDN, Mellanox, NetApp, ScaleMP, Supermicro, Xyratex | Creating data is easy… the challenge is getting it to the right place to make use of it. This paper discusses fresh solutions that can directly increase I/O efficiency, and the applications of these solutions to current, and new technology infrastructures.

A New Ultra-Dense Hyper-Scale x86 Server Design

10/01/2013 | IBM | A new trend is developing in the HPC space that is also affecting enterprise computing productivity with the arrival of “ultra-dense” hyper-scale servers.

Sponsored Multimedia

Xyratex, presents ClusterStor at the Vendor Showdown at ISC13

Ken Claffey, SVP and General Manager at Xyratex, presents ClusterStor at the Vendor Showdown at ISC13 in Leipzig, Germany.

HPCwire Live! Atlanta's Big Data Kick Off Week Meets HPC

Join HPCwire Editor Nicole Hemsoth and Dr. David Bader from Georgia Tech as they take center stage on opening night at Atlanta's first Big Data Kick Off Week, filmed in front of a live audience. Nicole and David look at the evolution of HPC, today's big data challenges, discuss real world solutions, and reveal their predictions. Exactly what does the future holds for HPC?

Newsletters

Stay informed! Subscribe to HPCwire email Newsletters.

HPCwire Weekly Update
HPC in the Cloud Update
Digital Manufacturing Report
Datanami
HPCwire Conferences & Events
Job Bank
HPCwire Product Showcases


Xyratex

HPC Job Bank


Featured Events


HPCwire Events