Getting the right technology, at the right time with hybrid cloud

The way organisations harness cloud is evolving rapidly in an era of changing business needs, expanding workloads, and burgeoning IT architectures.

This acceleration and expansion has prompted organisations to deviate from the traditional ‘cloud first’ model and embrace a more agile approach to service delivery, according to Adrian Lovell, chief technologist at HPE.

“I don’t often see cloud first as a strategy these days in the sense that we used to define cloud first,” he explains. “The meaning of cloud first has changed, rather than the strategy going away.”

“We talk about cloud operating models, rather than about cloud being ‘I must be in hyperscaler x or hyperscaler y’,” Lovell adds.

The maturation of the cloud computing landscape, combined with the expanding needs of organisations, means that cloud services have become “very much another outsourcing vernacular” that is treated in the same way as any outsourcing contract.

This means that traditional perceptions of cloud services have now given way to an approach which considers the wide variety of service options at an organisation’s disposal.

For the majority of organisations, hybrid cloud now offers the scalability and flexibility required for the modern IT architecture, says Lovell. Fundamentally, this is a case of “choosing the technology that I want, and what’s the best delivery mechanism for that technology”.

HPE GreenLake, Lovell adds, offers one of the “best delivery mechanisms” currently available in the marketplace and one that provides a “symbiotic relationship” with public cloud, which has typically been easy to consume and convenient for businesses.

“There’s no which way about it, the way you consume services from the major public cloud providers is fantastic. We haven’t been able to get a similar-feel user experience way to consume technology anywhere else,” he says.

“What HPE GreenLake brings is that service, that way of consumption, that ability to automate and get access to the tools, and features, and the widgets that you want in the location you want, as opposed to being constrained to one or two suppliers,” Lovell adds.

GreenLake also enables businesses to embed “a lot more diversity” throughout their technology stack.

“It gives you more flexibility to swap and change, should the world change, should your contractual agreements go in the direction you don’t like,” he says. “It gives you a bit more flexibility and that opportunity to say ‘actually, I want to do things this way, not that way’.”

Watch the video above for more insight from experts on how you can make best use of hybrid cloud.

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