Trends Report

Cloud Management In A Hybrid Cloud World

How I&O Can Deliver The Cloud The Business Wants

July 30th, 2013
Dave Bartoletti
With contributors:
Doug Washburn , James Staten , Heather Belanger


Cloud platforms are increasingly a viable option for a growing set of enterprise workloads. Business-aligned developers are aggressively leveraging public cloud platforms to build and deploy new elastic applications and to extend legacy capabilities. They have come to expect speed, choice, and cost transparency. Meanwhile, nearly half of enterprise IT shops claim to be building a private cloud in 2013. The future enterprise IT infrastructure is therefore a hybrid mix of public and private clouds, but who will manage this new IT portfolio? Today, cloud developers are often doing it themselves out of necessity, but they should be focused on coding and testing, not cloud service management. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have the operations management skills, but they have not yet earned the right to take over cloud management. In this report, we explain how the I&O role changes in a hybrid cloud world, how I&O pros need to accelerate the cloud application delivery life cycle to exceed business expectations of cloud, and which cloud management capabilities I&O must master to take on the role of hybrid cloud manager.

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