To keep you on top of the latest and greatest hybrid cloud technology news, we’ve rounded-up a list of recent topics.
IBM Acquires Hybrid Cloud Service Provider
Rick Whiting of CRN reports, “IBM is doubling down on its bet on OpenStack: Wednesday [June 3rd] the company disclosed that it has acquired Blue Box, a developer of managed private-cloud services based on OpenStack technology.” Mr. Whiting adds, “Blue Box, based in Seattle, provides businesses with a simple Private Cloud-as-a-Service platform based on OpenStack.” The new service will allow customers to integrate cloud apps with on premise systems in an OpenStack environment.
Readying Legacy Apps for the Hybrid Cloud
David Linthicum writes for Tech Beacon, “Hybrid clouds are desirable because they can deliver the best of both the private and public cloud worlds by letting you move workloads back and forth between the two platforms. You can also partition applications so that components can reside on both the public and private cloud” But, many of the applications you may be considering for the cloud are legacy. Here are a few of his tips to ready these apps for the cloud:
- Carefully select the right app – does it add value to the organization in a hybrid cloud environment
- Outline the technology trade-offs and possible technical issues
- Determine security, governance and disaster recovery needs
- Gain a thorough understanding of the source applications and workloads
When it comes time to move to hybrid cloud, Mr. Linthicum makes note of three choices: lift and shift, partition or refactor. Lift and shift, like its names implies, would typically require no significant changes to the app and IT needs to determine which environment it will work in best. Refactor, on the other hand, is a rewrite of the app to leverage cloud native features.
Share your thoughts on hybrid cloud and where your organization is on the cloud spectrum.