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Cloud and the Hybrid Edge Are the Future of IT and the Internet

Over this series of articles, we’ve had some fun busting myths, overcoming misconceptions, and showing how the use of the right tools and Internet performance technologies can help businesses better leverage the cloud and build a high-performance hybrid-edge infrastructure that makes their organization agile enough to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment.

But the time for busting myths is over. To wrap up this series of articles, let’s talk about truth, and where the Internet and business technology is heading.

The cloud itself has been the subject of more wrong guesses, misconceptions and myths than almost any technology of the last fifteen-plus years. Back when it first arrived (and went through a number of different monikers including ASP, grid, utility and on-demand computing), many thought that cloud computing would be something used primarily for desktop applications and suites. The idea was that things like word processors and spreadsheets would mainly exist online, while business-critical systems like databases, ERP and sales would stay within the firewall.

As it turns out, the exact opposite happened. Cloud has evolved into a primary platform for many of these core and business-critical enterprise systems, and Aberdeen (and most other) research now shows that a majority of applications and services have moved to cloud-based systems (including public, private and hybrid). Cloud has turned into a market worth over a hundred billion dollars.

Despite all of this, some organizations are still unsure if cloud, and especially hybrid cloud, will be key to their future success.

It can be strange to think of the world of business technology as resistant to change, but sometimes that is the case. There are even a whole number of maxims about the fear of the new and disruptive (like “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” or “no one ever got fired for buying IBM”).

However, businesses don’t succeed in today’s innovative and transformative environments by being overly cautious. The rapid rise of new technologies and processes has shown that organizations that take smart steps to understand, leverage and optimize innovation gain considerable advantages over competitors. And few technologies offer as immediate a benefit as hybrid cloud.

With a properly implemented hybrid environment, organizations don’t have to throw out the old to make room for the new.

They can keep many of their on-premises systems, and even maintain direct control over vital enterprise applications and databases. And with integration with the cloud, they enable these systems with new powers (sort of like a comic book hero) that make these key enterprise systems more flexible, more resistant to downtime, and constantly available to keep the business humming.

Aberdeen research has shown that organizations that work to optimize and manage the Internet and hybrid edge on which these environments run gain even more advantages. In the Aberdeen report How Internet Traffic Steering is Shaping the Hybrid Cloud Edge, we found that businesses with these technologies in place see faster resolution of issues and downtime, improved performance, and even improved security.

With these kinds of benefits and advantages, there’s no reason for businesses to fear the move to cloud and the hybrid edge. In fact, the biggest risk is to do nothing and try to stick with out-of-date IT infrastructures.

Over this series of articles, we’ve looked at the importance of hybrid cloud and the benefits it can bring, we’ve seen how leading businesses are using powerful solutions like traffic steering to avoid Internet performance issues and downtime, and we’ve analyzed how myths and fear of change can leave businesses falling behind their competitors.

With these kinds of benefits available, it makes sense that more and more organizations will continue to take advantage of these technologies to transform their business.

And maybe all the common misconceptions about cloud and the hybrid edge can go where they belong, back to the lost myths of the past.


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Whois: Jim Rapoza

For more than 20 years, Jim Rapoza, Senior Research Analyst and Editorial Director at the Aberdeen Group, has been using, testing, and writing about the newest technologies in software, enterprise hardware, and the internet. He previously served as the director of an award-winning technology testing lab based in Massachusetts and California. Rapoza is also the winner of five awards of excellence in technology journalism, and co-chaired a summit on technology industry security practices. He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and expositions, and has been regularly interviewed as a technology expert by national and local media outlets including CNN, ABC, NPR, and the Associated Press.