The Hybrid Cloud will be the best of breed for the next five or more years, according to Infosys Cloud services vice president and global head, Vishnu Bhat.

From an Infosys perspective, Bhat said the technology consulting firm saw the value of the hybrid Cloud with its Cloud strategy three years ago.

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"While it may not always hold true for SMBs, for large enterprises we expect to see more than 60 per cent of workloads over the next few years come out of a hybrid Cloud setup," he said.

The legacy infrastructure, assets and workloads that remains in place in a lot of enterprises is expected to lead the push to Hybrid Cloud.

"Leveraging existing IT with datacentres will provide a significant number of benefits in bringing about automation," Bhat said.

"We believe a good Cloud ecosystem is hybrid in nature, which in turn brings in a good deal of compatibility, scale and size, and automation."

Together with legacy

For Bhat, the hybrid Cloud brings the strengths of public and private Cloud together in an optimal fashion, as well as encourages a strong level of compatibility in the IT landscape.

"It allows for a significant amount of agility and speed, particularly the time to market benefits that the Cloud promises," he said.

Instead of demanding immediate change, Bhat said the hybrid Cloud enables organisations to keep their core systems that are legacy in nature, and continue to leverage that existing investment until it is time for an upgrade.

"The hybrid Cloud brings in the benefits, agility and cost benefits of the public Cloud, while at the same time allowing you to continue with your current investment until you are ready for the next stage of transformation," he said.

With the Cloud evolving rapidly, Bhat said an ecosystem that is hybrid in design and based on enterprise needs has the ability to evolve with the technology.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.