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Hybrid Cloud Platforms: Empowering Versatile Workload Management

By: Nisarg Shah, Enterprise Solutions Architect at Nth Generation

It's evident that organizations recognize the value in freeing themselves from the burden of managing physical hardware and infrastructure, allowing them to redirect resources towards innovation and enhancing customer experiences both internally and externally.

Public cloud promises that. However, a full-scale migration to the public cloud is often complex, and it's less common unless an organization is starting with a clean slate.

At Nth, we've observed a growing trend where organizations are strategically embracing public cloud services for specific use cases, leveraging their significant advantages. Here are some notable examples:

  • Certain local municipalities in Southern California are transitioning from maintaining physical secondary data centers to establishing disaster recovery sites in the cloud.

  • Organizations are migrating their on-premises file shares to the cloud, providing universal access and long-term file archiving solutions.

Regarding the choice of public cloud providers (AWS, GCP, Azure), the answer typically spans across multiple platforms, reflecting a multi-cloud approach rather than exclusive reliance on one provider.

To facilitate this multi-cloud strategy, organizations are turning to “Hybrid Cloud Platforms.”

What is a Hybrid Cloud Platform?

Hybrid cloud platform is a concept where the basic building block is essentially a piece of software. This software is typically a custom operating system built using Linux kernel as hypervisor, programmed with a distributed architecture.

Multiple instances of this intelligent software (collectively a platform) can be installed on commodity hardware, whether on-premises or in the cloud, to create one or more clusters and to provide a scalable and highly available infrastructure.

These platforms also offer a “Modern Management Console” with native API-based automation and robust analytics, significantly reducing the maintenance and operations cycles to nearly zero. With just a few clicks, users can enjoy simplicity and self-healing capabilities, ensuring efficient workload management across diverse environments.

One Platform, Any App, Any Location:

  • With the recent surge in public cloud adoption, it’s clear that simply lifting and shifting workloads can become expensive unless they’re refactored or reprogrammed based on cloud-native programming principles.

  • Hybrid cloud platforms solve this challenge by serving as a single operating system across all clouds, abstracting the underlying infrastructure from applications and workloads.

  • Furthermore, they offer a single console to manage workloads across on-premises, AWS, GCP, or Azure, eliminating the need to log into each provider's UI individually.



Hybrid cloud platform offers a unified solution:

  • Unified Management: Connect and manage private, public, and edge locations seamlessly from a single, intuitive console.

  • Seamless Integration: Enable smooth integration between private data centers and public clouds, ensuring operational continuity.

  • Flexible Workload Management: IT teams can effortlessly manage and migrate virtual machines (VMs), containers, and applications across various hyperscalers without the need for costly retooling or extensive conversions.

  • Freedom from Vendor Lock-In: Hybrid cloud platforms provide freedom from cloud lock-in, allowing organizations to adapt to changing needs and opt for the most cost-effective solutions without being tied to a single public cloud vendor.

Top Hybrid Cloud Platform Providers:

  • Nutanix provides one of the most highly adopted hybrid cloud platforms which allows organizations to extend their on-premises environments seamlessly to public cloud providers, enabling simplification of application and data mobility.

  • Qumulo’s Scale Anywhere ™ platform is a 100% software solution for organizations to efficiently store, manage, and simplify all the unstructured data workflows in one platform, anywhere – at the edge, in the core, or in any cloud. 


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