Hybrid Cloud is the New Black
by Chris Hale
Vice President of Technical Marketing, Virtustream
Flexible, dynamic IT is all the talk, and Cloud Computing (especially the hybrid cloud) appears set to become the new business network.
The challenge for large enterprises is that they are time poor, yet information and demand rich. While cloud-native start-ups can leapfrog traditional IT architectures and jump straight into the cloud, enterprises cannot. Investments in equipment, software, personnel, and data center facilities cannot simply be written off in favor of ‘asset light’ public cloud services.
Build a Roadmap to Cloud Transformation
The reality is that building and managing a hybrid cloud is not as simple as sometimes portrayed. For one thing, the migration path involves a lot more than just deploying a private cloud and linking to a public service. Even the initial assessment phase involves multiple tasks like evaluating changes to existing infrastructure, determining appropriate public resources and setting the proper migration parameters.
There’s also more to hybrid cloud than just interconnection and movement of workloads. Onsite and in-the-cloud systems must be orchestrated to work together as a single system, and workloads should be able to run in the public cloud domain without rewriting the application code or redesigning the network architecture, security policies, or business logic.
Enterprise IT leaders also face the increased challenges of managing enterprise governance, security and risk management associated with unsanctioned consumer apps creeping into the workplace, or supporting the myriad of devices that come with BYOD. Compatibility and interoperability issues come into play as well, given that the public and private components of the hybrid solution feature different architectures, tool sets, management frameworks, and service catalogs. Disparities among these elements must be abstracted away just to ensure proper migration — not to mention seamless “inside” and “outside” application development and execution environments.
Dynamically Orchestrate, Manage and Scale
The hybrid cloud can provide self-service ‘stretch’ resources that augment what’s already in the enterprise data center, delaying or even eliminating the need for additional CAPEX in favor of an OPEX approach. Enterprises need to be able to quickly, seamlessly and securely, move workloads, including those that are mission-critical, to and from the public cloud.
Hybrid cloud offers a way to satisfy the resource requirements of line-of-business managers, application developers, and IT operations personnel, with on-demand access, self-service rapid provisioning, and scalability – combined with the need to maintain a secure, reliable, policy-driven IT infrastructure.
Putting the “Hybrid” in Hybrid Cloud
For enterprises, getting the most out of a hybrid cloud implementation will take more than just swiping a credit card to order some cloud virtual machines. For better or worse, by focusing primarily on the distinct infrastructures which form the hybrid cloud, simple definitions of the concept serve to obscure both the power and challenge inherent in enterprise hybrid cloud.
It is, in fact, the “hybridization”—really, the integration—of distinct cloud infrastructures, rather than simply the distinctness of those infrastructures, that allows enterprises to see benefits or return on investment.
A true hybrid cloud provides an integrated operational and user experience that allows enterprises to maximize benefits such as speed and agility, reliability, utilization, capacity and cost reduction.
In order to deliver a true hybrid cloud, businesses must consider how they will integrate disparate infrastructures while providing a common approach to meeting the security, governance, and administrative challenges that such an environment presents
As a leading provider of enterprise-grade cloud software, infrastructure and services, Virtustream is uniquely positioned for hybrid cloud computing that meets the needs of businesses running large and complex applications, including SAP, Oracle and other legacy systems.
Download our Hybrid Cloud whitepaper and find out how Virtustream can help you manage and orchestrate a hybrid cloud transformation.
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