Dual-Source Virtualization Clears Path to Open Hybrid Clouds

At enterprises everywhere, private clouds are
catching on. And increasingly, businesses are
finding that an open hybrid approach to building
private clouds is the best way to maximize
their benefits—cost-effective, flexible computing
and storage capacity without single-vendor
limitations. That conclusion is causing IT leaders
to seek out alternative providers of virtualization
technology as well as technology to
manage a heterogeneous virtual environment.

How important is it to build an open hybrid
cloud? In a recent IDG Quick Poll of U.S. CIOs
involved in purchasing cloud solutions, more
than one-third of respondents say they highly
prioritize an open hybrid architecture, and the
importance of open hybrid grows with company
size. Forty-eight percent of respondents
at companies with 500 or more employees
consider the ability to build an open hybrid
cloud to be a critical/very important priority.

“Standardization on a single vendor mainly
has to do with weighing the benefits versus the
costs,” says Chuck Dubuque, Red Hat senior
manager of product marketing. Small businesses
might be happy with a standardized
environment of a single OS, single virtualization
platform and single hardware vendor, he says,
but midsize to larger companies are likely to
have more complex IT needs—as well as pools
of Linux, cloud and other expertise in-house.
These companies are more likely to want to
avoid locking in with a single vendor, whether
for virtualization technology or hardware.