Moving entire IT infrastructures into the cloud is an unrealistic goal, and businesses need to take a hybrid approach instead, according to Dell's cloud strategy leader.
Gordon Davey (pictured) said in an interview with V3 that cloud computing is "overhyped", and that cloud vendors have enticed companies to make major shifts to the cloud without considering a model that works for their business.
"I think it's definitely a case of cloud as a buzzword is overhyped. The idea of cloud for the sake of cloud doesn't really stand out," he said.
"The problem comes from customers that have seen the buzzword and want to get the benefits and are just jumping on the bandwagon because it is an industry hype thing, rather than actually evaluating the benefits that a true cloud can bring, and applying that to their business requirements."
Davey outlined the need to take a more considered approach, adopting an IT strategy that mixes on-premise infrastructure with cloud components to harness the technology without escalating IT costs and complexity.
"The future is going to be hybrid. It's horses for courses - putting the right workload on the right platform," he said.
"It's that balanced approach that I think we're going to see much more often, rather than trying to put everything into the cloud and potentially failing."
Davey's position is unsurprising given Dell's approach of acting as a 'middleman' between cloud service providers and end users, providing hardware, software, services and consultancy to enable businesses to use cloud computing in a way that works for them.
"We see our role as enabling the cloud industry, being that underlying technology," he said, going on to detail Dell's five pillar approach to acting as a cloud middleman rather than developing its own end-to-end cloud offering.
The strategy involves consulting on a customer's cloud needs, helping provide cloud infrastructure, brokering deals between vendors and users, providing security, and managing how multiple cloud services are deployed in a single business.
Davey claimed that Dell's strategy will help companies take a more tailored approach to cloud adoption, adding: "A properly deployed cloud for the correct workloads in hugely beneficial."
Dell is not alone in promoting a hybrid approach to cloud adoption. Microsoft is adding hybrid cloud capability to the next version of Windows Server.
For more information on the cloud, visit the Intel IT Center.
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