Hybrid Cloud platforms

Updated: October 07, 2021

2021. IBM Cloud Satellite brings IBM public cloud on premises

While IBM's primary cloud message over the past few years has been about multi-cloud, it has continued to offer its own public cloud and has targeted it at complex enterprise workloads that typically run on mainframes or other systems. The new platform IBM Cloud Satellite is intended as an extension of the IBM Public Cloud that can run inside the customer's data center or out at the edge. Like IBM's other hybrid cloud offerings, underneath the hood IBM Cloud Satellite runs on Red Hat OpenShift, the Kubernetes management environment. It works by adding the mechanism of a Location that signifies an instance of IBM Public Cloud outside IBM's data centers.

2021. Cloud infrastructure startup CloudNatix gets $4.5M

CloudNatix, a startup that provides infrastructure for businesses with multiple cloud and on-premise operations, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. Built on open-source software like Kubernetes and Prometheus, CloudNatix works with all major cloud providers and on-premise networks. For DevOps teams, it helps configure and manage infrastructure that runs both legacy and modern cloud-native applications, and enables them to transition more easily from on-premise networks to cloud services.

2020. Cast.ai nabs $7.7M seed to remove barriers between public clouds

When you launch an application in the public cloud, you usually put everything on one provider, but what if you could choose the components based on cost and technology and have your database one place and your storage another? That’s what Cast.ai says that it can provide, and today it announced a healthy $7.7M seed round. With this service you can use Amazon’s RDS database and Google’s ML engine, and the solution decides how to make that work based on your requirements and price. You set the policies when you are ready to launch and Cast will take care of distributing it for you in the location and providers that you desire, or that makes most sense for your application.

2020. IBM is acquiring APM startup Instana as for its hybrid cloud platform

As IBM transitions from software and services to a company fully focused on hybrid cloud management, it has acquired Instana, an applications performance management startup with a cloud native approach that fits firmly within that strategy. With Instana, IBM can build on its internal management tools, giving it a way to monitor containerized environments running Kubernetes. It hopes by adding the startup to the fold it can give customers a way to manage complex hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

2020. Cloudbolt announces $35M to help manage hybrid clouds

CloudBolt, a startup that helps companies manage hybrid cloud environments, announced a $35 million Series B investment today. The move to cloud and DevOps, which was supposed to simplify everything, has actually created new complexity, and the tools CloudBolt sells are designed to help companies reduce some of that added complexity. What they do is provide a way to automate, secure and optimize their workloads, regardless of the tools or approach to infrastructure they are using. CloudBolt was founded in 2012 and has around 200 customers.

2019. AWS Outposts brings Amazon cloud to data center

Amazon announced general availability of Outposts - a private cloud hardware stack they install in your data center. There are certain workloads like running a factory that need compute resources to be close because of low-latency requirements. That’s where Outposts could play well, and where similar existing solutions in his opinion fell short because there wasn’t a smooth connection between the on-prem hardware and the cloud. The hardware is equipped with a slew of services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon ECS, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service and Amazon EMR. Amazon is following Microsoft and Google's footsteps that already have their own hybrid cloud offerings for customers: Azure Arc and Google Anthos.

2017. VMware Cloud is now live on Amazon Web Services

Last fall VMware announced partnership with AWS, and now the two companies uveiled combined solution for Enterprise - VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that delivers the same architecture, capabilities and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS. While AWS runs its own VMs, it’s not the same as those that VMware runs in a data center, and that creates a management headache for companies trying to run both. By letting companies move to AWS and continue to run the VMware VMs in the public cloud, they get the best of both worlds without the management problems.

2017. Microsoft launches new tools to help enterprises move to its Azure cloud

Microsoft says that 80 percent of the companies it talks to want to use a hybrid cloud approach and to help them move to its cloud platform Azure, the company is launching a number of new tools. The most important of these is the new Cloud Migration Assessment service. With this, companies can scan their existing IT infrastructure and get an estimate for what it would cost to move these services to Azure (and how much they could save in the process). Azure users can now also get a discount for moving their Windows Server licenses (with Software Assurance) to Azure. This new Azure Hybrid Use Benefit can save them up to 40 percent and is obviously meant to make it more attractive for existing Windows Server users to move their workloads to the cloud. For those who want to make that move, the Azure Site Recovery (ASR) tool is also getting a minor update. This service is mostly meant to help enterprises orchestrate their disaster recovery plans, however, it can also be used to migrate existing virtual machines to Azure.

2016. Cisco is buying cloud management platform CliQr

Cisco announced that it is buying CliQr, a provider of application management solutions for hybrid cloud environments, for $260 million. CliQr was already working with Cisco, with the company’s solutions integrated across several of Cisco’s data center switching and cloud solutions, the company said. The acquisition of CliQr comes at a time when we’re seeing some other interesting moves from other enterprise services companies to build up their hybrid cloud services. Last week, IBM announced a deep partnership with VMWare specifically to expand its own hybrid cloud offering (and it’s also made some acquisitions of its own in the space, for example buying Cleversafe last October). RedHat acquired Ansible also last October. And Microsoft’s acquisition of Aorato was also aimed at improving its security offerings for hybrid cloud environments.

2015. VMware will make Google Cloud Platform available to its customers

Google is teaming up with VMware to make select Google Cloud Platform services available to VMware customers via vCloud Air, VMware’s hybrid cloud platform. Google BigQuery analytics and Google Cloud Storage, as well as Google’s Datastore and DNS services, will be available via vCloud Air sometime later this year, with other Google services potentially coming later. Depending on execution, both companies can claim a win here. VMware gets four Google services, including the powerful BigQuery analytics, to woo enterprise customers. Google gets to put some of its best and brightest IP in front of the enterprise cloud users it craves. Google needs a better hybrid cloud picture and VMware needs to prove its cloud can play with the big boys (or boy, meaning Amazon Web Services).

2014. HP buys Eucalyptus to link Openstack and Amazon Web Services

HP, which is basing its cloud strategy on OpenStack, has decided to buy Eucalyptus, a backer of a rival open-source cloud technology. And Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos (once known for his anti-OpenStack rhetoric) will lead the company’s cloud effort as SVP and general manager of HP’s cloud Business. Company executives didn’t provide much detail about integration plans, but stressed that Eucalyptus brings valuable experience in deploying private clouds that interoperate with Amazon Web Services to HP and that those AWS “use patterns” will come in handy as HP continues to push its OpenStack-based private, public and hybrid cloud vision into enterprise accounts. On the enterprise cloud market HP competes with Red Hat and IBM on the OpenStack side of the spectrum and VMware and Microsoft on the proprietary cloud side.

2009. Amazon announced Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon has launched a new service Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, allows IT to connect to an isolated set of AWS resources to a data center using a VPN connection.  The new solution integrates traditional IT infrastructure with its EC2 cloud service. That means that Amazon has created a hybrid cloud that can work securely for the enterprise, balancing the need for encryption with the low cost and scaling power that the cloud provides.For Amazon, it's an endorsement of the hybrid approach, but it's also meant to combat the growing interest in private clouds. VPC is currently in limited beta and doesn't work with the S3 cloud storage service or any other parts of AWS.