It’s a crowded hybrid cloud market and there are many players with many offerings. It’s easy to get lost in this maze of choices. But the success of your hybrid cloud hinges on whom you partner with. Choose wisely.

The next time you can’t find something interesting to watch on Netflix, try this: Watch the hybrid cloud reality show. It has all the elements of a good drama including old enemies cosying up with each other (as the audience waits for the inevitable backstab), power plays as insecure old veterans battle newcomers and jockey for power, and the twists and turns as dark horses take everyone by surprise.

And we’re just in the middle of this show as the hybrid market keeps heating up. According to this report, the hybrid cloud market is going to go from $33 billion in 2016 to $91 billion by 2021. That’s a 22 percent compounded annual growth rate.

All that growth is being driven by a new realization among IT departments everywhere: There’s no going back on the cloud.

Gartner puts it nicely: By 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today.

IDC says that “more than 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in IT organizations.”

That’s the worldwide number. In its report, The State of Cloud in Southeast Asia, IDC predicts that “70 percent of enterprises in the Southeast Asian countries will commit to a hybrid cloud strategy.” Why all this interest in hybrid clouds? Quite simply because it represents the best of both worlds. Driven by a need to undergo

Why all this interest in hybrid clouds? Quite simply because it represents the best of both worlds. Driven by a need to undergo digital transformation, IT leaders are turning to cloud platforms, only to realize that neither an only-private nor only-public cloud strategy will meet their business’ needs. According to IDC, 60 percent of the top 1,000 companies in the Asia Pacific region will center their corporate strategy around digital transformation by the end of 2017.

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HAN CHON - DIRECTOR, DATA CENTER GROUP, LENOVO ASIA PACIFIC
Han Chon
Director, Data Center Group, Lenovo Asia Pacific

Based in Singapore, Han leads Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) and Cloud initiatives for Lenovo in the Asia Pacific region. He has over 20 years of experience within the IT industry.