Planning for Life on the Hybrid Cloud

When an enterprise is on the verge of cloud adoption, there is one inevitable question: What type of cloud platform will we use? This is often the genesis for seemingly endless choices: 100% private, 100% public cloud, or both? Whether by trepidation or by reputation, “both” has become the favorite answer. Almost overnight, more and more organizations have embraced a hybrid cloud approach to either improve their in house IT solutions and/or optimize their app/site infrastructures.  This choice has seemingly become a universal one, with almost 90% of organizations on track to use a hybrid cloud platform by 2020.

Much of its popularity has to do with the flexibility and power that a hybrid cloud environment provides. For starters, enterprises are not forcibly locked into a single cloud provider (yet), which, means there’s no single point of failure that can bring down a whole cloud ecosystem. Conversely, the root causes of each inefficiency are often limited to one cloud service as opposed to the whole. This has lead to an emerging market for system management tools has helped streamline hands-on manipulation of the platform but also the data that pours out from it, allowing teams to make data-driven decisions and tweak each cloud platform on the fly. For some cloud teams, these tools can prove to have a better user experience to fix the problem, a massive benefit for teams that are trying to learn how to manage their cloud services.

While it may be the popular choice, hybrid cloud adoption isn’t an easy road. What many enterprises are finding out is that a hybrid cloud strategy has evolved from an end goal into a transition strategy either to public or private cloud excellence. For starters, hybrid cloud environments are especially vulnerable to zero day attacks. Cloud team have to not only juggle the security settings of multiple applications but also ensure that they are up to date on the modern patch and that account credentials are entirely secure. Mission-critical legacy applications that are not cloud friendly also create an issue, and much of their success is related to whether the cloud team is not only familiar with the app but also the question.

To that end, having real expertise with the public or private cloud becomes a major benefit. This leads to rely on managed service providers to make the difference for their hybrid cloud environments, and hopefully take the leap from a transitional strategy to a permanent one.

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