Talking About Hybrid IT with @LoraineLawson

Over at ITBusinessEdge, Loraine Lawson published a discussion we had recently, which was primarily focused on the Informatica Cloud Winter 2012 release. The conversation ended up getting into the topic of “hybrid IT.” I was asked if companies are really pursuing Private Clouds and had this to say:

“If you’re, you say that private cloud is like a unicorn, it doesn’t really exist and it’s everyone liking the benefits of cloud computing but feeling like there’s too much risk in terms of security and data privacy and those sorts of things. At Oracle Open World, I had several enterprise architects come up to me and say there’s two things I want to talk about: cloud computing and Big Data. And I said, so you’re an enterprise architect and you’re trying to figure out a blueprint for your company? Absolutely.

When it comes to cloud, one guy went so far as to say, “We will not do any public cloud in our company. It’s going to be 100 percent private.” And then you ask him are there any SaaS applications in your business? “Oh, yeah, they’re all over the place.” Well, good luck, right? Good luck shutting all that down and going 100 percent private, it’s just not going to happen. That’s why I think it is going to be a mix. It is going to be hybrid, whether it’s public-private, whether it’s cloud and on-premise. Hybrid is the new black.”

Accurate? Way off? I’m interested in the discussion.


3 Responses to “Talking About Hybrid IT with @LoraineLawson”

  1. 1 Kubilay 2012/01/18 at 3:14 pm

    I get this point, yes we need to talk. Please no show fight marketing with words like Public/Private/FalseCloud and all the showmanship that comes with it, enough said. Private, SaaS or Public or Hybrid I question not. What is important is how much data, how quick and how deep you integrate. Ok, not only the sales spreadsheet but let’s put all the ERP systems and the back office systems every single mighty spreadsheet and great database in the cloud, all peta-bytes (can we?) and shut down all the ‘On-premise’ servers. Happy? We will still need integration, funny enough this time the integration will take the form of being Cloud to Cloud c2c, good old HTTP and there still will be APIs, rules, security and transformations! Especially when you will want to connect from Uncle Bob’s company to Auntie Mary’s company. Cloud won’t solve that unfortunately. Cloud may make you get rid of your Hard Disks, although not possible with all these slow loading API based drip-drop-trickle SaaS Applications which count every row, one by one. What we need is to be able to deploy loads of data to the cloud and back to the premise, fast. If that is called Hybrid and is a fast black, it will win.

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