Recently, Forbes.com published a very interesting article titled; “What's Right For Your Business? Private, Public, or Hybrid Cloud?”, featuring Jeff Borek, Worldwide Program Director for Cloud Computing at IBM. In the article, Jeff talks about how cloud computing affect our business and which cloud model- private, public or hybrid is effective to implement in the business.
According to Jeff, for the past five plus years, businesses have debated: How will cloud computing affect our business? Is it best to adopt a public cloud approach, or opt for a private cloud solution? Not unlike a political debate, there have been highly motivated players on both sides of the argument, lobbying aggressively for their point of view. While the pro-public cloud crowd has long argued that the only way to go is with an ability to consume IT and related services on a pay-per-use model, the pro-private camp is quick to remind clients that enabling private cloud capabilities—either on site or in a privately hosted environment—provides the highest levels of management visibility, control, security, privacy and physical proximity to data.
So, what’s the right answer? The article describes three things that today’s business leaders are realizing about cloud computing:
1. Neither private nor public clouds are going away any time soon. IDC, a leading research firm, predicts strong spending for both public and private clouds, and states each segment continues to grow fast, with a 13 percent compound annual growth rate through 2017 to greater than $20 billion annually.
2. Yet gradually for many clients, the best solution will be a hybrid cloud approach. By developing the ability to mix and match the best elements of both private and public clouds, a company can evolve their existing IT assets, while selectively using the other forms of cloud computing to support greater flexibility and rapid business innovation.
3. Finally, as with any new technology area, it’s important to align with cloud ecosystems based on open technologies in order to maintain choice and vendor interoperability—and Infrastructure matters, irrespective of which type of cloud model we choose. Moreover, it’s essential to include IT security plans as a key element of our overall cloud strategy.
The article also highlights when it’s time to implement an effective cloud strategy, working with a vendor that has deep understanding of the technical aspects of providing both private and public clouds will help us make the right choice. IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients excel while choosing the right cloud model for their businesses. Underscoring this leadership, the US Open Tennis Championships—from August 25 through Sept. 9—the United States Tennis Association has all of its technology powered in an IBM cloud. I encourage you to read the complete article and visit ibm.com/cloud and discover which cloud model fit best for your business. Do not forget to join the conversation at @IBMcloud or @IBMSDE on Twitter.