Co-authored by : Shonil Kulkarni
Select endeavors require the perfect combination of calibration, dedication, and innovation such as a mission to space. An interstellar journey is composed of countless intricate parts and hundreds of individuals with unique skillsets and perspectives, all of which combine to deliver a precise result. The success of such a colossal task depends on months of careful deliberation, precise knowledge, ample foresight, and experience of handling multiple moving parts. Just as we undertake this challenge to take a leap into the great beyond, businesses face a mammoth task as they begin their digital transformation journey.
This is the journey to attain the ideal cloud-based, on premise setup that optimizes business transformation goals and provides seamless hybrid cloud experience. Cloud technologies are the predominant enablers of modernized enterprise IT. This is critical since modernization is the cornerstone of agility, efficiency, and of ultimately unlocking immense business value. As a result, IT leaders carefully deliberate the state of their legacy, on-premises infrastructure with new cloud technologies. Simply lifting and shifting operations from the old to the new is not an effective modernization strategy. A complete reassessment of the technology stack is necessary.
For many industry front-runners, this reassessment has led them to the path of hybrid cloud technologies. According to McKinsey industry reports, the global hybrid cloud market will be worth $1.2 trillion by 2022. A combination of cloud hardware and infrastructure will comprise $250 billion of market share. As enterprises look for new ways to drive efficiency, reduce costs, and modernize IT, these numbers will continue to grow.
Be it healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, oil and gas, or automobiles, hybrid cloud addresses compliance concerns, reduces maintenance costs, and offers better inventory and supply chain management. Hybrid cloud technology combines the best aspects of both worlds. It merges the convenience and accessibility of public cloud environments with the security of private clouds by allowing greater flexibility in managing workloads and scaling IT infrastructure.
What Hybrid Cloud Can Offer
In a world interconnected with smart devices, social platforms, and digital-native services, the requirement for large scale computing platforms and infrastructure is imperative. Emerging trends in edge computing, IoT, and 5G network technologies are playing a key role in cementing the need for robust IaaS/PaaS solutions facilitating the delivery of digital-heavy services to clients on time. The development of cohesive cloud strategies that can achieve this goal and further the cause of enterprise IT modernization hinges on a reliable set up of data centers, networks, and applications. It allows stakeholders to maintain an equitable balance between factors such as data performance, workload migrations, compute, and storage capabilities, and business and IT needs.
The very structure of hybrid cloud serves up a common set of standards, tools, and application programming interfaces (APIs) which make DevOps and modernization far more streamlined and simplified. Hybrid cloud architecture is able to solve issues around latency and scalability by making bandwidth available to developers. By extending the data center to any co-location space from the premises, hybrid cloud services ensure business continuity and quick disaster recovery.
Powering the Hybrid Cloud Vision
Amazon Web Services (AWS) through AWS Outposts has been playing a key role in bringing the power of the hybrid cloud to enterprises worldwide. It allows users to leverage the entire range of Amazon’s cloud services suite — from APIs, infrastructure, and management tools, to support — across public or private cloud environments. This solves a major conundrum for AWS customers who continue to operate with on-premises workloads, especially for applications that are latency-sensitive or serve remote locations. In these situations, maintaining proximity to edge resources is of utmost importance.
AWS Outposts provides the hardware to enable AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models to run on an on-premises structure. It provides a common interface — APIs, tools, hardware, and functionalities — through which users can seamlessly and securely integrate their on-premises workloads with other applications in AWS cloud for a consistent hybrid experience.
Manufacturers, for instance, can run process control systems like SCADA on the shop floor while being seamlessly integrated with off-premises data centers. Healthcare institutions can run analytics on patient data quickly by storing the necessary information locally. Retail companies running large scale operations that involve e-commerce operations, in-person transactions, connected store experiences can leverage AWS’ database, container, and analytics services to run operations smoothly.
Over the years HCL has built its expertise across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, telecommunications, oil and gas, and others curating customized enterprise cloud strategies and solutions.
HCL is set to play a key role thein hybrid cloud computing space by extending its deep-domain and cross-industry expertise to support AWS Outposts as its launch partner.
This partnership will allow us to deliver a range of benefits to our customers, driven by agility, flexibility, and experienced relationships.