Hybrid cloud adoption is up from 58% to 71% year-over-year, according to the RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report. There’s ample evidence that hybrid cloud will be the platform of choice for enterprises in the near future because of the wide array of benefits offered, including:
- Reduce cost by utilizing public cloud usage for processes that require less security
- Flexibility of business operation
- Security mitigation by storing sensitive data away from the public cloud
- Resource optimization
In short, a hybrid cloud comprises both on-premise resources and remote server-based cloud infrastructure – either private or public cloud or both. There are undeniable benefits for those adopting the hybrid cloud to leverage IT resource access on demand while keeping vital data secure. Vendor options, like the Codero On-Demand Hybrid Cloud, are also evolving, now offering exceptional infrastructure, services and resources.
In evaluating whether hybrid cloud is the best option for an organization, one should know that it’s not a one-size-fits-all model. Here we leverage our experience in sharing the top considerations for companies evaluating a move to the hybrid cloud.
What goes where
One of the most compelling benefits of hybrid cloud is the power of choice. While some workloads may run best on dedicated servers or a private cloud, others might do better on the public cloud. The delicate part is determining guidelines to help resolve what runs where.
Integration is vital. Hybrid cloud implies a structure that is implicitly heterogeneous. Solutions will vary and be in separate environments. You have to answer the question of how these services, applications, and data at varied locations (on-premise and in the cloud) can communicate securely.
Does your business depend heavily on core IT systems for day-to-day operations? If the answer is ‘yes’, then capacity planning should be a major consideration when evaluating a possible realignment to a hybrid cloud environment. In businesses with spikes in resource demands (think e-commerce around the holidays), cloudbursting adjustments need to be made to handle the increased demand in IT resources.
Security, compliance and risk
Does your industry have stringent, well-defined data privacy regulations? Organizations in the healthcare or insurance space, for example, are bound by federal HIPAA compliance protocols which require them to tightly control the storage, processing and handling of sensitive consumer data. Any company considering hybrid cloud needs to have a strategy for maintaining data privacy, where necessary.
Backup and disaster recovery strategy
With data and applications in different locations, it’s critical to have a backup and disaster recovery strategy that will work across your environments. Companies need to plan for a strategy that can have them up and running as quickly as possible.
Successful implementation of a hybrid cloud strategy requires good planning. Organizations need to assess systems and processes and determine what they desire from a hybrid deployment.
If you’re considering a hybrid cloud partner, choose wisely and select partners like Codero who support your business model and understand your needs.
For more on hybrid cloud implementation considerations, download the Codero whitepaper – A Comprehensive Overview of the Hybrid Cloud. Learn more about the power and agility offered by a hybrid cloud deployment, including:
- Definitions of the hybrid cloud with possible deployment models
- Key considerations in evaluating and adopting a hybrid cloud environment
- Benefits and common use cases for hybrid cloud deployments
- Critical elements of a successful implementation
- Checklist for evaluating a hybrid cloud solution provider