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    Top 6 Hybrid Cloud Comparison in the World

    March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017

Top 6 Hybrid Cloud Comparison in the World

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Deciding on a hybrid cloud provider has additional challenges over a public or private cloud offering. When you are looking at a private or public cloud you compare features and functionality based on one environment. However, with a hybrid cloud you have to look at the solution provided in both your environment and what is external to your environment.

Pros

Cons

Final Verdict

Microsoft

Common set of management tools for Microsoft shops.
Application focused with a large catalog.
Nano server could be a game changer.
Linux and other non Microsoft OSs supported but not embraced.
System Center is very complex and expensive.
Little Java support.
Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform uses an application centered hybrid cloud approach. For Microsoft shops running Hyper-V, Azure is an ideal fit. Customers running VMware are supported, but implementation is not ideal.

VMware

Extensive experience in cloud based OSs.
Supports a wide range of OSs at the client end.
Common tools for management for both on and off premises.
Most hybrid clouds come from authorized partners and not directly from VMware data centers.
Product suites are a collection of separate products loosely bundled, which can cause confusion for support, purchasing and upgrades.
VMware is a bit late to the hybrid cloud provider market and is basing its entry on the partner eco-system. VMware has the technology but whether it can get it all to work together smoothly remains the question.

Amazon

Extensive experience in the public cloud market.
Mature and extensive catalog offerings.
No private cloud management software to date.
Hybrid cloud implementations are limited to Direct Connect Service.
While not a true hybrid cloud provider Amazon has the technology and experience to vault to the head of the pack. Strong customer demand is driving efforts.

Rackspace

Infrastructure focused hybrid cloud approach.
Rackconnect and OnMetal services help to focus on a consistent and predictable model.
Supports a wide range of vendors and OSs
Infrastructure only offering with few products regarding application specific catalogs. Rackspace has a strong focus on infrastructure and consistency. While the company does not have an extensive application catalog as other providers,  customers have more predictability in how their applications will perform.

EMC

Suite of existing products that works with certified providers with some value added consulting services. A collection of disparate VMware and EMC products bundled for a hybrid cloud solution. A very storage centric approach to the hybrid cloud.  Value add comes from consulting and not the software. The recent Virtustream acquisition will help unite the products for ease of management.

HP

Looks thoughtful and extensive on paper. Dedicated to open source concepts and efforts. HP is set to play a major role in the open source cloud space, however the company’s direction is still unclear. Strong dedication to open source and extensive partner network. Could be a strong force in the OpenStack efforts in the enterprise.

Credit: Brian Kirsch