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.
According to Krans, in addition to driving innovation at the tools and platforms level, hybrid infrastructure will also increase demand for services engagements.
This is where opportunities for partners arise, Krans suggests.
“The skills needed to deploy and manage hybrid solutions, from technology and complexity perspectives, are distinct issues that customers need to address as part of their hybrid implementations,” he said.
“Customers not only have to grapple with how to manage and control cloud solutions within their organisations, but they also have to manage cloud solutions at scale and during integration with other IT assets.