2. Hybrid – Why a hybrid approach to analytics just makes sense
Today, Qlik offers you a choice of deployment options. You can choose to leverage our public cloud Software-as-a-Service offering – Qlik Sense Cloud, or you may choose to deploy on-premise or in a private cloud leveraging the infrastructure of your choice. YOU get to choose where you want your analytics to run.
However, the truth is that an either/or choice does not truly represent where the vast majority of customers are today in their IT investments, and where they plan to be over time. Most customers that we talk to have both data and applications that run on-premise, behind their firewall, as well as data and applications that both originate and run in the cloud. In other words, the world is not black-and-white, it has many shades of grey. That’s why a true hybrid approach is required to help support both where customers are today, as well as help them migrate more of their workloads off-premise over time as they so choose. A hybrid cloud approach to analytics is key to enabling a customers’ cloud strategy, vs. dictating it. That is why we fully embrace the direction of hybrid cloud analytics.
3. Hybrid Cloud Analytics – What to look for
The simple definition of hybrid cloud is a computing environment that uses a mix of on-premise, private cloud, and/or public cloud infrastructure to deliver services, with orchestration between the platforms (i.e., hybrid cloud joins multiple clouds, or on-premise installations with cloud-based installations). Under that general definition, many vendors will claim “hybrid cloud analytics” in their marketing verbiage. However, you have to get into a little more of the details to better understand what value you are getting.
For example, being able to publish an analytical application (or sheet for some) from an on-premise installation to a cloud offering could be valuable, but it’s not hybrid cloud analytics. There are a few key ingredients that we use to define our approach for hybrid cloud analytics:
Customer-Defined Strategy, Not the Vendor
These are just a few of the ingredients we believe are key to providing a true, hybrid cloud analytics solution. But before wrapping up, I’d also like to include one more key point – a hybrid cloud environment is also defined by the customer. What do I mean by that? I mean that a hybrid cloud solution should not dictate where or which cloud the customer must use to pair their on-premise installation with. Yes, we will happily enable our customers to work seamlessly between their on-premise installations with Qlik Sense Cloud, but they can equally choose to work with a private cloud solution running on 3rd party public cloud infrastructure. Although this point should seem obvious, we already see some large vendors in the space ignoring this critical point, as they believe they can dictate your choices. Shameful.
Hopefully I’ve been able to shed more light on the direction we are aggressively pursuing at Qlik. It is our desire to help our customers bridge the world of on-premise data and analytics, with cloud-based data and analytics, accessed from anywhere on any device, and managed as one. We will continue to invest in this direction, and deliver more and more capabilities that support this vision as we go. After all, this is all about empowering our customers, and enabling their cloud strategy.
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