CIOs should 'reset' hybrid cloud expectations
No single hybrid cloud offering is perfect, advises Red Hat
CIOs need to reset their expectations about the possibilities of hybrid cloud when considering it as a technology enabler, according to Alessandro Perilli, general manager of Red Hat's Open Hybrid Cloud Platform.
Speaking to ITP.net at the Red Hat Forum in Dubai earlier this week, Perilli said that, though the hybrid cloud market is maturing, no currently available solution is perfect, and that there was still a long way to go when it comes to the capabilities of hybrid cloud.
"CIOs need to accept the fact that there is no such thing as a fully automated environment - that is just a marketing claim. Yes, there is some level of automation, and we definitely have the assets - as you will see more often - that are capable of doing a lot of orchestration and automation," he said.
"I'm just saying that there is a difference between the level of automation that existing technologies on the market can provide, and that one-button, turn-key, fully automated platform that doesn't exist."
Once CIOs have accepted that hybrid cloud offerings were limited in what they can do, Perilli said that they should then look very closely at the hybrid cloud vendors that they are willing to work with.
"They need to realise that, exactly because no solution is perfect despite all the marketing claims, what is more important is the trust, the relationship, the credibility that the vendor has," he said.
Perilli went on to bemoan vendors that claim to offer everything an enterprise could possibly need. He said that many vendors offer bundled solutions containing up to 12 different products, and that no organisation would realistically use all of those products.
Instead of opting for bundled offerings, Perilli said that enterprises should take a step-by-step approach to hybrid cloud build-outs, choosing each piece of technology extremely carefully.
"Yes, you can build a cloud in six months, but that is just the beginning. You need to add pieces and evolve the solution, and get more mature and add more control, and more capacity management. You don't build all those components overnight. It's like you're starting a new legacy," he said.