More than ever, the CIO finds himself with a two-speed information system. It must maintain and evolve its existing IT infrastructure while migrating bricks step by step into the public cloud. This observation has not escaped the attention of cloud giants, who now offer hybrid solutions, building bridges between the old and the new world.

A way to bring new customers back to them, beyond the public cloud conversions. To approach this market, providers have adopted different approaches. “Microsoft Azure and AWS started with IaaS services before gradually expanding their offerings. Google makes the choice of the whole container. This is consistent with its strategy and solutions for a population of developers,” says Damien Rollet, cloud architect and DevOps at Ippon Technologies.

Google Cloud Anthos, the choice of the whole container

Anthos was undoubtedly the most commented new feature of Next’19, the Google Cloud conference held this year in early April. In fact, it is the new name of Google Cloud Services launched a year earlier. As for Azure and AWS, the web giant is offering to embed its technologies in its customers’ data centers. Originality, Anthos opens the way to multicloud by managing workloads executed on third-party clouds. And to speed up the transition, Google Cloud also announced Anthos Migrate, a beta version of a service that automatically migrates virtual machines from a local cloud to a public cloud.

Azure Stack, pioneer award

For once, Amazon Web Services (AWS) was defeated by Microsoft. After about a year and a half of pre-versions, Azure Stack was released in final version in July 2017. It is an extension of Azure that allows a company to run cloud services in an on-premise environment.

Typically, Microsoft started by providing IaaS services to recreate a cloud infrastructure on an internal perimeter with virtual machines, storage resources and a virtual network. The Redmond-based company can rely on its strong presence in data centers through its Hyper-V and Windows Server virtualization solution. 

AWS Outposts, the VMware asset

A new service announced in November 2018, Outposts is part of AWS’ strategy to conquer private clouds. Following the partnership with VMware introduced two and a half years ago, Amazon’s subsidiary is taking the hybrid world a step further.

Unlike Microsoft, which has established partnerships with manufacturers, AWS has chosen to offer an infrastructure (including hardware) designed by itself, promising the same level of service as its public cloud. A customer can perform EC2 calculation and EBS storage services on site. In addition to this IaaS layer, AWS plans to add services such as RDS, ECS, EKS, SageMaker and EMR over the coming months.