‘Enterprise use of cloud computing has evolved from the side lines of shadow IT to the meteoric growth in enterprise usage of private, public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments for a wide range of applications. Rapid growth in cloud usage now leads to complex private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments where a lack of administrative skills in cloud computing coupled with still maturing cloud management applications are now the biggest challenges to ongoing growth in cloud usage within the enterprise.

While it is clear that public clouds continue to be the most popular cloud platforms, private clouds have emerged from within the same environments and now dominate the cloud landscape as well. Therefore, it is no surprise that most enterprises see bridging the twothe hybrid cloudas a strategic endpoint. In fact, survey data as shown in Figure 1 below indicates that a large majority of all enterprise cloud users (70%) are currently engaged in hybrid cloud implementations or pilot projects.