The Evolution and Future of Hybrid Cloud

By Shantanu Kaushik

The cloud computing and infrastructure associated with the hybrid cloud has made a swift shift as a mainstream solution. As enterprises and organizations today need solutions that cater to the evolved requirements of cloud management, the cloud computing approach had to evolve with it. The demand for an agile framework grew ten-fold. An environment that allows multi-cloud integration and a seamless shift of services to meet business transformation and expansion goals was desperately needed.

Alibaba Cloud took the call and developed a hybrid cloud solution that caters to enterprises and organizations that want to adapt and evolve. An environment like this needs to be capable of taking on any digital transformation needs. It should be able to update itself to meet industry-leading practices like Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. We discussed this topic in our previous article about the Alibaba Cloud Hybrid Cloud platform.

This approach led to a paradigm shift in innovation and escalated the evolution cycle rapidly. Enterprises can leverage the tools and services that are seamless in approach and have been deeply integrated into the Alibaba Cloud Hybrid Cloud platform.


Every piece of technology or solution evolves over time. This mainly happens when a certain technology gets to the core of any business need and accelerates it for better business continuity, expansion, and profits. Communication and travel applications are the best examples of this scenario.

The Question

The Answer

This is an evolutionary stage where business transformation is now equal to digital transformation. With organizations just starting to make the shift, a rapid upgrade to a more expensive solution-based approach might seem far-fetched. With any architecture or platform, the foundation and core model of any practice is always profitability. The approach and goal to get there at any scale initially start with an agile and efficient practice that focuses on continuous innovation.

Hybrid Cloud 1.0

Alibaba Cloud has been constantly transforming its cloud services to better meet the needs of customers, such as the optimization of the highly-backed API Gateway and storage solutions. This has been the backbone that has enabled numerous enterprises to take on digital transformation.

While there is no industry-standard definition of what a hybrid cloud should be comprised of, it can easily be defined as a solution that combines the traditional and cloud approach to form a hybrid cloud.

The Evolution Standards

Hybrid Cloud 2.0

APIs | Significance

With APIs, using containerized applications boosts security and availability, presenting a more scalable solution. This segment of evolution will make use of more upgraded container services. Alibaba Cloud has a great visualization that showcases this:

Alibaba Cloud and its team of experts came across many challenges that the organizations were facing when migrating their practices to the hybrid cloud. These challenges included a huge gap between the on-premises and cloud infrastructure. The resource and security requirements had barriers to overcome for a proper deployment and usage scenario.

The Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes came with the hybrid cloud 2.0 architecture as depicted above. The new architecture enables the installation of a Kubernetes cluster running in an on-premise data center. This enables the Container Service to manage the cluster on the cloud.

The Next Hybrid Cloud


NEXT in Line

  1. Managing a Hybrid Cloud C Alibaba Cloud

The views expressed herein are for reference only and don’t necessarily represent the official views of Alibaba Cloud.

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