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Indian corporates go for a hybrid cloud

 A Zinnov study confirms  what we always suspected: Rather than make  hard  and irrevocable choices,  enterprises  like to hedge their bets when it comes to technology.
Bangalore, August 30 2017:  It is business sutra at its best.   In a nuanced and very desi way of  running corporations, Indian enterprises are shrewdly hedging their bets when confronted with new technology challenges like Cloud Computing.  For some years now, they have been told by techno-pundits:  You need to embrace the Cloud,  shift your key data assets from the confines of your physical  office -- or be left behind by the competition. 
They concurred -- with a caveat.  Like the archetypal  Indian trader who still keeps a portion of his  liquid funds in a steel  safe,   enterprises  have   homed on a model of cloud computing that allows them to have their cake and eat it too. Here's how:
 They were told that there were two distinct options -- public cloud and private cloud. The public cloud was offered by large providers like Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services. They operated  gigantic  data storage facilities and  an enterprise joined thousands  of others in hiring space in these facilities with the assurance that  its data was safe, secure and always accessible.  Much like hiring a bank safe deposit locker.
Another school  of thought recommended that you hold your precious data close to your chest: a private cloud was like your  personal strong box, the server and storage remained on your premises
Not swayed by the hype surround either  cloud camp, Indian businesses   have by and large,  embraced a via media called Hybrid Cloud. This uses a mixture of on-premises private cloud and third party public cloud, with data flowing freely between the two.  The private cloud  can  host sensitive or critical workloads, while  less sensitive data can be sent to the public cloud.
A study conducted by technology consultants  Zinnov,  with Microsoft,  and released last week,  reveals that over 40 percent of enterprises surveyed,   have planned or are planning to build a hybrid cloud infrastructure or transform their existing IT infrastructure. into a hybrid  model.  The resulting cost savings  could be between 5% and 30% depending on the delicate balance between the two clouds.
The motivation cited for adopting hybrid cloud solutions includes, lowering total cost of ownership (54 percent), facilitating innovation (42 percent), enhancing operational efficiencies (42 percent), and enabling companies to respond to and meet customer expectations more readily (40 percent). Zinnov analysed more than 50 global cloud channel partners and found that hybrid cloud deployments constituted 45-50% of their overall cloud business.
One motivation for adopting a hybrid cloud has to do with the variable nature of many  enterprises. Demand may peak at the festival season or in the last financial quarter. Then the hybrid cloud comes into its own. It can create a 'cloud burst' -- a temporary expansion of the public cloud to absorb the additional load. 
Another use case is  big data  processing. A company, could use hybrid cloud storage to retain its accumulated business, sales, test and other data, and then run analytical queries in the public cloud, which can scale to support demanding distributed computing tasks.
Microsoft has an interesting position in the cloud business: It  facilitates  a mix and match combo of public and private assets -- and this is perhaps why the Zinnov survey found that according to Indian users " the hybrid cloud solution offered by Microsoft Azure is the most economical."
Cautions  Zinnov CEO,Pari Natarajan: “However, enterprises need to select a hybrid cloud provider that can provide them with the right migration tools to enable seamless relocation of existing services - between dedicated private cloud and public cloud infrastructures - without lengthy or unplanned disruption to live service.”



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