Hybrid cloud services set to surge in 2018

Cloud vendors’ services partners are likely to play an increasingly critical role in the successful implementation of hybrid solutions and, more broadly, hybrid cloud environments for end customers in the coming year, according to analyst firm, Technology Business Research (TBR).

According to TBR cloud and software practices practice manager, Allan Krans, this expected increased reliance on partners is largely due to the anticipation that hybrid cloud and hybrid IT management tools will take on greater importance in 2018.

“Although cloud has simplified much of the technical complexity of traditional IT for customers, hybrid implementations return it,” Krans said in a paper prepared for TBR’s 2018 Predictions series.

“Management headaches related to cloud implementations have been growing as the scale and scope of solutions expands, and integration across clouds and on-premises environments undoubtedly magnifies these challenges.

“So, while the desire for solutions that can be portable, fully integrated and flexibly delivered has never been higher, the management of workloads being implemented into sprawling hybrid environments will remain the bottleneck for how much additional hybrid adoption will occur in 2018,” he said.