KPMG: Hybrid Cloud is the way ahead for enterprise

As the distinction between public and private clouds continues to blur, hybrid Cloud will be the choice of companies

Talking about the future of cloud technology, Abhijit Varma, Director, Management Consulting, KPMG said that he expects hybrid cloud to be the route that most companies will take in the medium term, during an interview at the recently held Computerworld India IT RoadMap 2012 event in Bangalore.

"It will take some time for perceptions to change about the public cloud model," said Varma as they are mostly seen as catering to the B2C model.

He stated that there is a "huge gulf" between having an individual user transition to a public cloud - which will just require either online or remote help - and an enterprise moving to adopt public cloud, or for that matter any new technology.

Given the requirements, Varma stated that enterprises' would need better assistance to help them transition to the cloud so that any issues relating to enterprise architecture, compliance, privacy, etc are promptly taken care of. Enterprises "need a helping hand" for making such transitions to newer technologies, he reiterated.

So while for now companies will have a bias towards deploying private cloud, Varma said that over time the distinction between public cloud and private cloud will continue to blur, eventually leading to the adoption of a hybrid solution.

This is when "the battle lines will be drawn", he said referring to how companies will then have to appropriately adapt their infrastructure to accommodate such a change.

He pointed out that the existing IT vendors also have a role to play in encouraging organization's to take to the cloud. Varma mentioned that a good starting point for private cloud providers would be for them to begin offering their own customers more innovative cloud technology plans rather than currently focussing on trying to address their competitor's client's needs.

Varma talked of how the cloud migration process is helped if the CIOs of companies have just been recently hired, as they will have less of an attachment to legacy systems, and will be consequently more willing to adopt newer technologies rather than stick with the older ones.

"We underestimate change in the long run, and overestimate change in the short term", he added when talking about the complexities IT decision making process.

While on the topic of IT decision making, Varma also touched upon how behavioural analysis, a field he takes a personal interest in, plays an important part in how decisions are made.

He spoke of how there are 2 parts to the brain, stating that "one (part) which is more intuitive and the other which is more slow, studied, and measured."

"We might believe that we are rational and take measured decisions, but we would be surprised how much our instinctive brain comes into play when taking critical decisions and calls," he added.

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