Mixing and matching massively hybrid applications: the future of cloud

A year ago, IDC told us that 68 percent of organizations have adopted cloud for enterprise applications—and that it’s not just about cost, but about revenue increases as well. That study also says that 73 percent of respondents, who spanned both IT and line-of-business users, have a hybrid cloud strategy in place.

But when you dig further into those numbers, you’ll find that to most those respondents, “hybrid” means “subscribing to multiple external cloud services.” This can mean some applications in a portfolio run on one cloud while others run on a different cloud. To another 47 percent of those surveyed, “hybrid” means “using a mix of public cloud services and dedicated assets,” which conjures an image of a database running on-site sending data to a web or application server on a public cloud.

Those are nice definitions, but that’s not the future of cloud.

Application architectures have reached a point where massively hybrid applications are now possible, meaning those that mix and match from best of breed services on different public clouds. Imagine writing a text file on AWS S3 that causes the Azure text-to-speech service to generate an MP3 file, which gets written to IBM Bluemix object storage that hosts your website. The public cloud services are becoming more interchangeable in this way, and data gravity issues that are a relic of older, monolithic applications are becoming less important.

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