The Specter of Performance and the Adoption of Hybrid Clouds

2016 has been acknowledged as the year of the hybrid cloud, with explosive growth still forecasted for the coming years. “In fact, 2016 will be a big year for solutions built on hybrid cloud architectures with 65% of Asia Pacific enterprises to commit for its implementation”, said Chris Morris, Vice President, Cloud and Services, IDC.
Other analysts agree, Holly Maloney McConnell, a Principal at North Bridge Growth Equity, said “Cloud has been gaining momentum year by year. Looking at the adoption rates and trends at such a detailed level, it’s undeniable that the most successful technology leaders of today and tomorrow are scaling in the cloud.”
In the latest iteration of North Bridge’s “The Future of Cloud Computing Survey“, some unique perspectives into cloud adoption trends, were revealed. The survey showed that public cloud adoption increased by over 43% since 2011, while private cloud adoption increased over 48% in the same period. However, hybrid cloud adoption had grown to 20% since 2011 for those surveyed, which consisted of nearly 1000 survey participants.
Cloud technologies and the concept of bridging public and private cloud offerings has become so ubiquitous in business today, that a new narrative of interconnection is being written by those slaving away in data centers. A narrative that almost borders on a “cloud first” ideology. However, the move to hybrid cloud solutions is much easier said than done.
One of the biggest challenges comes in the specter of performance, a poltergeist that adds latency to transactions and is further empowered by physical distances. A challenge that KEMP Technologies co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Peter Melerud is well aware of.  After all, KEMP is in the business of load balancing and ADC (Application Delivery Control), two technologies normally associated with traditional data centers.
Melerud said “Hybrid Clouds are introducing a new performance dynamic to the enterprise. One that combines both the benefits and shortcomings of cloud and on premise technology.”
Melerud added “Nowhere is that more evident than with upcoming technologies, such as Microsoft’s Azure Stack.” Microsoft Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that enables organizations to deliver Azure services from within their own data centers. It is the potential of that new paradigm that will fuel and accelerate hybrid cloud growth, yet adopters will need to be ready for the performance implications that come with hybrid cloud deployments.
To that end, Kemp has redeveloped Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) for Azure to work effectively with Azure Stack. That effort resulted in an offering that brings load balancing to a hybrid cloud deployment, without having to invest in new onsite hardware. A critical consideration for those looking to adopt hybrid clouds, without the typical expenses associates with re-engineering on premise solutions to operate as private clouds. Kemp publicly demoed the technology in September of 2016, offering a view into how to achieve hybrid cloud technology.
Kurt Jung, Senior Research Analyst at KEMP technologies said “Since KEMP Loadmaster already provides advanced application delivery on physical appliances, bare metal, virtual, and cloud, it only makes sense that KEMP would jump into Azure Stack so early to kick the tires.”