Among the key topics addressed during the Microsoft event in Paris, hybrid cloud earned quite a buzz. According to the cloud provider, it is the royal way towards cloud for enterprises.
InterCloud attended experience18 in Paris on 6 and 7 November. Microsoft’s French event was built on Microsoft’s “Tech intensity” narrative: while each company is becoming a technology company, its “Tech intensity” relies on two pillars ie adoption and capabilities. The first business day was dedicated to adoption and use cases of IA, Cloud and IoT, and the second technical day dealt with how to build technological capabilities like the hybrid cloud.
Three years ago, “more than half (55%) of C-level executives, business unit leaders and decision-makers were unable to identify all the basic attributes of hybrid cloud*.” To refresh our memory, hybrid cloud is composed of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures that remain unique entities but are bound together by technology enabling data and application portability**. We have indeed come a long way from there; today, 81% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, of which 51% have adopted a hybrid cloud strategy.*** And Gartner forecasts that by 2020 hybrid will be the most common use of the Cloud.
Consistent hybrid cloud
This model is also hailed by all CSPs as the royal way to cloud. At experience 18, Julia White, Azure Corporate Vice President, laid emphasis on Microsoft hybrid cloud’s consistency: “Azure Stack is an extension of Azure on-premises”. To illustrate one of Azure Stack’s main uses cases Peter Weckesser, Airbus Defence and Space´s Digital Transformation Officer shared his company’s usage: storage and data analysis “meeting Airbus’ customers’ requirements” since “military systems cannot be put in the public cloud”.
Building on a 35% YoY acceleration of Azure adoption by large companies***, Microsoft has focused on providing tools to facilitate and automize portability between private and public clouds. Supporting the DevOps approach spreading with cloud-first strategies, Ms White presented the latest Azure DevOps tools. For instance, Azure Kubernetes Services simplifies the deployment and operations of Kubernetes and enables to dynamically scale the application infrastructure.
Avoid tunnelling cloud transformation
Ready-to-use services are more than ever needed by MNCs engaged in a cloud strategy. At the business day’s plenary session, Nicolas Braud Head of Tunnel Labs with Bouygues Public Works explained how data has become his small team’s main asset. It took two years to build an algorithm that analyses the big data collected by the tunnelling machine’s full logistical chain. Commenting on Azure, he detailed: “I don’t have a full IT department and a large developer team at hand to work on software and platform development, that’s why we need a platform immediately available to build a data lake within a few days.”
Another interesting cloud transformation feedback was shared by Raphaël Viard, CTO of e-SNCF: “I recommend CIOs to focus on getting their teams trained and certified to build a common work language and take better decisions. I also strongly advise taking an end-to-end approach to automation. And my last tip is to avoid tunnelling your transformation: at SNCF, we have one huge strategy to move 60% of our legacy apps to the public cloud, but we are also running many smaller projects at the same time.”
* US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition