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Deploying Applications within a Hybrid Infrastructure

Charles Chong, regional solution architect of Asia Pacific & Japan at F5 Networks | May 18, 2016
To enterprises, moving to a hybrid cloud environment is a natural evolution of their business. It is no longer a question of whether there is a need to migrate apps or not, but when to deploy them on the hybrid environment.

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Businesses are heavily investing in hybrid cloud. A recent study by MarketsandMarkets suggests that the hybrid cloud market could grow from US$25.28 billion in 2014 to a staggering US$84.64 billion in 2019. It is obvious that leveraging the hybrid cloud has become the new normal. 81 percent of business leaders in various industries are moving toward a hybrid cloud environment globally. To enterprises, moving to a hybrid cloud environment is a natural evolution of their business. It is no longer a question of whether there is a need to migrate apps or not, but when to deploy them on the hybrid environment.  

The journey towards the hybrid cloud is driven by flexibility, cost efficiency and availability. However, many enterprises are still lacking the necessary elements required to adopt a hybrid cloud environment.  Application services form a crucial part in the hybrid cloud infrastructure, as complexity increases with both environments that support business operations. Having ubiquitous and consistent application services in all enterprise locations is critical in delivering a seamless, scalable and secured operation in a hybrid environment. 

Apps Are Everywhere-App Services Should Be Too

In the old world of servers and clients, the most common method of ensuring the smooth delivery of applications was load balancing. This today is no longer sufficient, as the proliferation of mobile devices and applications, along with increased workforce globalisation, has dramatically altered the IT landscape and its requirements.

Today, arrays of application services are being deployed to ensure the flawless delivery of applications to end-users. Application services are a collective set of services that has risen to fulfill the needs of putting information and data in the hands of users via applications seamlessly Applications would not be able to function without the robust bedrock of application services that have been designed to support them.

Application services are not merely tools - they form a fundamental part of today's modern IT fabric. Application services enable availability, performance, security and access, and have advanced in richness and contribute to the apps that play a central role in the daily exchange of information and data by businesses and users.

What all this means is that the data centre infrastructure is fast evolving to one where users access applications from a multitude of environments (on-premise data centres, private and public clouds, and SaaS) on a variety of corporate and personal devices. It is increasingly common for a line-of-business (LOB) executive to deploy applications to meet the LOB's specific business needs, while still working with corporate business apps. Without strategic consideration of business objectives and IT resources, complexity is bound to cripple the potential of an intelligent, agile IT infrastructure for businesses.

 

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