Hybricity – The New Age of Cloud Computing

The world of Infra is changing, fast. Cloud, Hybrid, DevOps and Service Integration combined with Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and “Software defined everything” is changing and shifting infrastructure – I call this shift “Hybricity”.

This shift is moving Infrastructure from a once only technical focused capability, where infrastructure capabilities like MHz[1], RAM[2] or FLOPS[3] was the only target, to a business enabling capability where outcomes are business focused.

Infrastructure is becoming more “business aware”. This shift is driving the “componentisation” of standard Infrastructure services to enable easier application. The shift will allow us to construct and consume infrastructure like using electricity…today.

When you are plugging our toaster or TV into our wall socket, you do not care how electricity is being delivered to the wall socket for you to consume. So you expect same from Infrastructure.

Or “when you start your car to drive from A to B you do not care about what material the pistons are made of, nor care at what position the spark will ignite the fuel in the cylinder. You want to press the pedal and off you go”. Again, the same goes for Infrastructure – it should just work; in a turn-key fashion without having to mess about with deep technical and mechanical aspects.

Next to the “componentisation” of standard Infrastructure services (the Lego approach) Infrastructure is increasingly automated (read DevOps), hybrid (read mix of private and public cloud services) and software based (for compute, storage and network).

The need to orchestrate capabilities both from a Business and from an IT perspective is increasing. On one side we have been driving a new area for Infra called Service Integration. In short Service Integration [5] is Capgemini’s approach to establishing an end-to-end visibility, reporting and accountability for services that are delivered by multiple suppliers. On the on the hand cloud and cloud based IT services are moving more and more into a hybrid model; creating, consuming and providing IT capabilities either on / off premise or hybrid.

This dual-sided approach is referred to as Hybricity.

We have been talking about “aligning business and IT”; to create perfect fusion to maximise value for money. So the idea of combining both business service orchestration and infrastructure orchestration is not new. What is new is the pace and wider impact of both developments. Service Orchestration and Infrastructure orchestration is developing fast with many vendors expanding their reach and scope to stay relevant in the market.

Thanks for Reading.

About the Author: Gunnar Menzel has been an IT professional for over 25 years and is the VP and Chief Architect Officer for Capgemini’s Infrastructure Business. Gunnar is also currently the President for the Open Data Centre Alliance. His main focus is business- enabling technology innovation

[1] MHz =  Mega Herz
[2] Ram = Random Access Memory
[3] FLOPS = Floating Point Operations per Second
[4] Capgemini Technovision 2015, https://www.capgemini.com/blog/cto-blog/2014/11/welcome-to-technovision-2015
[5] Capgemini Service Integration, https://www.uk.capgemini.com/service-integration
[6] Gunnar Menzel, The Future of Infra, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/future-infrastructure-invisible-infostructure-part-2-gunnar-menzel?trk=mp-reader-card)

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