Going as far back as 2011 you can see that HPE (HP as it was) had been betting on hybrid cloud.
In that year the company launched its HP Enterprise Cloud Services Compute platform, integrated with it was its CloudSystem, now in its ninth iteration.
The point being that HPE has had its eye on a hybrid cloud future for a long time.
As cloud has matured and changed, so have the demands of the customers. Today in releases we can see a greater focus on automation and orchestration software, something that the company offers.
HPE outlines the role hybrid has to play on its site, saying: “As more workloads move to the cloud, enterprises need to balance the pay-as-you-go benefits of public cloud with increased demand for the on-premises control of private cloud. Hybrid establishes the right cloud combination for both.”
The benefits of hybrid cloud include increased agility; hybrid lets you choose the best parts of public cloud with its speed, flexibility and tools with private clouds security and stability.
Control and optimised safety are major advantages of private cloud; something that hybrid lets you tap in to. Customers who remain fearful regarding the security of public cloud can be reassured by the hybrid model.
Typical types of workloads you might find a hybrid cloud environment includes batch workloads. These are designed to operate in the background and often process large volumes of data.
As they deal with large volumes of data they require large amounts of compute and storage resources, but can often be automated.
Transactional workloads often includes billing and order processing, with e-commerce spread across multiple partners and suppliers, it has to be managed across multiple computing environments.
Database workloads are common in the cloud and require tuning and management to support the service that uses the data from it.
HPE can boast some big name clients; 20th Century Fox deployed an HPE hybrid infrastructure, with the company saying it increased network capacity by 433%, reduced power consumption by 88% and increased average media processing and distribution speeds by 38%.
Other customer examples can be seen with Del Monte Foods, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Trustpower and Deutsche Bank.
In February this year HPE signed a ten-year, multibillion dollar agreement with Deutsche Bank that will see the company modernise the bank’s global IT environment.
The focus is on the wholesale banking infrastructure, with HPE providing dedicated data centre services on demand which includes storage, platform and hosting, part of the goal is to reduce costs.
The financial services industry is a heavily regulated industry, with compliance and reporting key factors that make private cloud a traditional choice.
However, as banks also require agility, public cloud can be beneficial to use for some applications and data, this is where the hybrid cloud model comes in to play.
Maintaining compliance and reporting standards with private cloud, while utilising the agility and services of public cloud can potentially offer banks a competitive advantage.
Being able to build faster is often cited as a reason for building in the cloud.
HPE’s Helion Developer Platform provides integrated services that are designed to quickly build cloud-native applications in a number of different languages. Integration with the HPE Helion OpenStack is designed to speed the transition from development to production.
By offering open source cloud technology, the company can increase the interoperability of its services. One of the leading contributors to OpenStack and a member of the Cloud Foundry mean that it helps maintain the benefits of open technology.
Hybrid isn’t necessarily a one cloud provider choice, with customers looking to deploy multi-cloud vendor strategies it is necessary to simply access another vendor’s services.
With this in mind, HPE offers Eucalyptus, which allows customers to build AWS-compatible private clouds.
As mentioned previously, management tools are an important element in managing cloud services, the Helion Eucalyptus Cloud Manager enables users to manage compatible S3 storage.
The outcome is that users’ no longer need separate tools to create, modify and delete bucks, or to upload and download. This is all part of the simplification of hybrid cloud use.
Continued enhancements to its hybrid cloud portfolio includes growing support for hypervisors such as; Microsoft Hyper-V, Red Hat KVM and VMware ESXi.