Next-generation hybrid cloud powers next-generation business

Hybrid cloud can help address the barriers to successful cloud deployments

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Despite the growth of cloud over the past decade, for most organizations, only 20 percent of workloads have made their way to the public cloud—and these are not yet companies’ core mission-critical workloads. The 80 percent that remains is where real enterprise value lies.

Hybrid cloud permits public clouds, private clouds, and on-premises IT to interoperate seamlessly. Standardized technology interfaces across these three enable businesses to innovate with scale and agility, improving responsiveness and constraining cost, despite growing complexity.

Security is central to a successful cloud deployment. Hybrid cloud allows apps to run—and data to be stored—in the IT environment best aligned with specific security, regulatory, and governance requirements.

The intrinsic interoperability and portability of hybrid cloud means organizations are not locked in to either one environment or to one individual public cloud vendor. They can place their workloads in the best spot—and operate between environments and different public cloud providers.

Hybrid cloud also allows enterprises to manage their cloud transition dynamically, selecting acceptable levels of downtime and overcoming the constraints of legacy systems and silos. It can help address the barriers that determine the difference between successful and unsuccessful cloud deployments.

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Meet the authors

Ken Keverian

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, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM

Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM

Steve Robinson

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, General Manager, IBM Hybrid Cloud

Anthony Marshall, Senior Research Director, IBM Institute for Business Value

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