The hybrid cloud computing environment is slowly being adopted by organizations to manage workloads on-premises as well as externally. With the on-demand availability of private as well as public cloud resources, hybrid platforms do suit most enterprises.
The adoption of hybrid cloud models is expected to grow at such high rates that nearly half of the larger organizations would have hybrid platforms in place by 2017. As per MarketsandMarkets research report, the $25.28 billion hybrid cloud market as reported in 2014 is estimated to grow to $84.67 billion by 2019.
A hybrid model provides businesses with a competitive edge through significant on-demand resource utilization, the ability to switch between clouds, and flexible high-end solutions such as:
- Cloud integration
- Cloud management
- Cloud security
Hybrid computing solutions are offered by various cloud solution providers in different service model categories such as SaaS (Software as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service).
With the objective of providing highly scalable and flexible resources on-demand. The decision to select a hybrid cloud provider is a significant milestone for any business as it involves a hefty investment, making it imperative for a company to understand clearly how resources are being utilized right now or are planned to be utilized in the future.
With that in mind, let’s go through a list of Cloudwards top 10 hybrid cloud solution providers and the services they offer, in no particular order of preference.
VMWare’s vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) helps establish control over the business cloud environment through vSphere. vCHS is regarded as a secure hybrid cloud service that lends support to current workloads, new application development, as well as third-party apps.
This cloud service operated by VMware lays down a solid platform for seamless transition from the data center into the public cloud through the use of tools like vCloud Connector, vCloud Automation Center, and vCenter Configuration Manager.
vCHS is offered by VMware as three subscription-based, IaaS products that include Disaster Recovery Cloud, Dedicated Cloud (single-tenant private cloud) and Virtual Private Cloud (multiple-tenant).
2. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
AWS is one of the most renowned hybrid cloud solution providers that offer IaaS and PaaS cloud service models. It has always been known to offer the best public cloud computing services. For enterprises, AWS now seamlessly integrates private data centers with public cloud resources through services like Direct Connect.\
This service reduces network costs and improves bandwidth throughput. For organizations that need to integrate data centers (within company firewall) with the public cloud platform to handle peak usage spikes, Amazon Web Services empowers integration of on-premises, role-based access control systems like Active Directory with the AWS IAM (Identity and Access Management) service.
3. Microsoft Azure
For the private cloud, Microsoft serves clients with IaaS along with management capabilities. For public cloud services, Microsoft has the Windows Azure platform (PaaS solution) to support new cloud application development and smooth migration of current enterprise applications to the cloud.
The new Cloud Platform System (CPS) from Microsoft can handle legacy infrastructure or sensitive information of organizations on-premise, through the use of the same management tools as that of the Azure public cloud.
Rackspace offers various combinations of infrastructure resources that include cloud servers to provide higher scalability on-demand, along with workload balancing. This hybrid cloud vendor offers a combination of dedicated hardware hosting, and multi-tenant systems of virtual hardware resources to fulfill the varied cloud requirements of an organization.
RackConnect establishes connections between cloud resources and a Cisco ASA Firewall ensures the protection of the server connections. Rackspace vendor offerings also include VMware-based virtual servers accompanied with SAN storage capabilities for company operations.
5. EMC Corp
This cloud service provider offers simple and highly agile hybrid cloud solutions in the form of Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. EMC lays focus primarily on simplified cloud deployment with pre-configured bundles that are built on VSPEX and Vblock infrastructures.
The Vblock system helps deliver efficient and agile hybrid clouds (with a converged infrastructure), data center transformation, and ITaaS (IT as a Service). VSPEX is the industry’s leading integrated, reference architecture to customize a company’s infrastructure needs, and speed up the hybrid cloud transformation.
The basic offerings of EMC revolve around the extension of cloud capabilities for an enterprise. It provides a choice amongst Microsoft, VMware and OpenStack.
Hewlett-Packard offers CloudSystem as a complete open platform for hybrid cloud computing solutions based on OpenStack architecture. This HP CloudSystem leverages available resources and tools to integrate servers, networks, storage, security, and management based on HP Cloud Service Automation and Converged Infrastructure.
These cloud services from HP help automate the application to infrastructure life-cycle for companies, thereby, leading to a converged, flexible, and integrated cloud platform.
This renowned cloud solution vendor offers customizable services for the hybrid cloud environment. Companies can selectively opt for IBM Services Management Extensions for a hybrid cloud platform.
LotusLive and WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Appliance are IBM cloud management solutions with hybrid extensions. Suitable hybrid cloud offerings include IBM extensions for Tivoli solutions such as Netcool Impact, Service Automation Manager, Monitoring Agent, etc.
8. Cisco Systems
The primary aim of this vendor is to assist enterprises in dealing with the rapid changes in the requirements for cloud computing scalability, workloads, etc. With its Intercloud (a global cloud of clouds) offering, Cisco provides access to efficient IT services meant for everyone.
They play a major role in identifying and deciding the perfect hybrid cloud computing solution for a business and help it gain a competitive edge over its competitors.
Dell offers cloud services in the form of a Cloud Manager that is available for companies as SaaS or on-premise software. It gives organizations the required control inside their own data centers.
Dell Cloud Manager ensures efficient management of a company’s cloud infrastructure through appropriate availability and automation of applications across multiple cloud platforms.
This cloud vendor offers an open source, hybrid cloud environment, with Application Programming Interfaces to build cloud-computing apps for the Amazon Web Services platform.
The basic aim of this vendor is to ensure smooth integration of different AWS services (EBS, EC2, or S3) between on-premise and cloud networks. It provides a single management point (central management control) for public and private AWS cloud platforms.
Make sure to consider all the available options and features for your organization when checking out Cloudwards’ top 10 hybrid cloud solution providers.
Do you know of any other reliable, hybrid cloud provider which offers good cloud services? Please share your opinions and thanks for reading!