Hybrid Cloud Computing is the next generation of Cloud software, it is the future of The Cloud. Hybrid Cloud Computing is the mixture of Public Cloud services, with Private Cloud Services. Yet, each embodiment of The Cloud receives the same critiques. They are still being debated now ultimately, affecting the development of Hybrid Cloud Computing. Theorists have debated many issues including state surveillance and monitoring (Andrejevic, 2009), risk of data breeches including hackers (Kuyoro, IbIkunle & Awodele, 2011), a question of trust in the Cloud infrastructure including confidentiality and privacy- who have access to the data (Zissis and Lekkas, 2012), and the secondary use of data (Winkler, 2011). Firstly, you must understand what Cloud Computing is, at a basic level it is “data centers or server farms” (Kerr and Tang, 2012). Mell and Grance (2011) expand upon this stating it is “…a shared pool of configurable computing resources e.g. networks, services, storage, application and services”. In simple terms, if you run a business and acquire a lot of data which needs storing, take pictures on your mobile or tablets or create a document that you need access to later, it can be saved to ‘The Cloud’. It’s a set of servers, in a big room somewhere (data centers), which hold all your data allowing you to have access to it creating a feeling that technology is everywhere, can be accessed anywhere, at any time. It is a ubiquitous technology.
Ubiquitous Computing is considered as the third wave of computing, it is the period in technology where it recedes into the background so, Cloud Computing is a ubiquitous technology. Mell and Grance (2011) suggest this within their analysis “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access…” hence, the epoch of ubiquitous computing has begun within the technological world. Dourish and Bell (2011:9) quote Weiser (1991) describing ubiquitous technologies as “the most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are
indistinguishable from it”. The Cloud platform has ‘weaved’ itself into everyday life for example, when you purchase a laptop Cloud software is offered as part of your deal, or comes readily installed onto the computer. Knowhow offer cloud services as part of purchasing their insurance for your laptops.
Over a year ago, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft announced their partnership and plans to develop Hybrid Cloud Computing through Microsoft Azure- Microsoft’s Cloud using HPE’s infrastructure and services. Microsoft News Center (2015) published an article providing details of their partnership, claiming their aim is to help customers optimise their IT environments through Hybrid Cloud Computing. To solidify their partnership to the public, two software programs were released during their partnership announcement. They are HPE Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System and HPE Flexible Capacity and Support for Azure demonstrating they had begun working towards the next generation of Cloud Computing beforehand, producing working support systems. Schwartz (2015) describes the HPE Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System as “…a converged rack mountable system designed to run Microsoft Azure within the data center” simply the beginning stages of producing a Cloud Platform out of their two services. However, technology-based blogs run by experts indicate that there have been concerns about the partnership such as the similarity to Amazon Web Services whom are also producing Hybrid Cloud Computing demonstrating that they are not the first to attempt to bring Cloud Computing into the next generation. Also, the market for Cloud software and platforms is continuously developing, with competitors bringing new products to sell to consumers which has left some concerns that both organisations may fall behind in the market.
Around five months ago, at a Discover London Tech Conference representatives from the partnership made three announcements about their progress in the Hybrid Cloud environment which will be released later this year. Firstly, new enhancements to HPE Flexible Capacity and Support for Azure that will coincide with the Azure Stack Release, to include support for it. Secondly, HPE/Azure Stack Solution that they have built on a ProLiant DL380 Server- a complete compute storage, network and software system. It has been explained as an “integrated system that will deliver Azure-compatible infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to businesses from their on-premises data center’s (HPE, 2016). IaaS and PaaS are the service models, which The Cloud service is built as for example, you could purchase a Cloud service which offers ‘platforms’ to you as the customer. Thirdly, HPE Oneview and Microsoft Operations Management Suite and this allows the customer to retain visibility and control across their Hybrid Cloud System.
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