Modern enterprises are exploring a variety of cloud models to manage their data and resources. For many, the big discovery is that choosing between private cloud solutions or public cloud computing will not adequately address their needs. In an effort to build viable infrastructures, organizations today are looking for a mix of function, security, return on investment, and flexibility, considerations best met by a hybrid cloud paradigm.
Why Hybrid Cloud
There are three key factors that constitute a hybrid cloud solution – public cloud, private cloud and automation or orchestration between them. The very definition of hybrid cloud speaks to the reasons why so many enterprises are adopting it, including greater flexibility and a more responsive infrastructure. Among the benefits of adopting a hybrid model are:
- Flexibility on demand – for instance, moving to public cloud to manage data bursts.
- Multiple platform support – offers the opportunity for systems to live where they logically belong: on premise or hosted; running on bare metal or virtualized; in a dedicated space or cloud.
- Rationalizes cost of ownership – hybrid solutions make it possible to accommodate integration with existing IT investments while maintaining security, improving performance and reducing the total cost of ownership.
Many organizations are experiencing exponential growth in data generation and storage needs, placing increased demands on computing resources. It’s not at all uncommon for users and developers to create workloads and then forget to remove them when they are no longer needed. Among the contributing factors to this cloud sprawl are poorly designed public cloud implementations and usage. Cloud sprawl has resulted in decentralized infrastructure, weakened security, and excessive cost structures.
This has created scores of highly motivated executives and managers anxious to regain control of their organizations’ data. It is also driving them to a more cost effective, cloud hybrid paradigm. They are finding the hybrid solution to be more cost effective for several reasons, including:
- It contains many public cloud features but the costs are easier to manage
- Supports a single web interface, enabling centralized cloud management from a one-stop gateway
- Provides users with the freedom to only pay for resources consumed without contractual minimums or reserves
- Hybrid cloud offers a centralized, controllable cost structure
Another advantage of the hybrid model is that it enables an enterprise to more effectively deploy its existing IT resources. Mission critical activities can remain concentrated in-house, while infrastructure as a service can be implemented as needed. There are many benefits to engaging the services of a cloud manager, including:
- Implementation – experienced experts can ensure an efficient, successful managed cloud setup
- Set data management priorities – using an analytic, consultative approach, a service manager can help to establish priorities, prevent duplication and redundant policies, and rationalize data management
- Establish safeguards – a qualified service manager will insure that security is not breached during the transition and that effective security measures are in place
- Troubleshoot – effective monitoring systems are established and the service manager provides support should a problem arise.
Summing it Up
Hybrid cloud solutions can be an ideal fit for any organization looking to better manage its infrastructure. Chief among its benefits are flexibility, ease of control and more effective management of infrastructure costs. In weighing the pros and cons of adopting hybrid cloud solutions, also consider the value a professional cloud services manager can bring to your endeavor.