Implementing a hybrid cloud is an intricate process, requiring good planning and even better execution. Choosing a cloud provider can be a challenge in and of itself. The landscape of cloud vendors is highly varied – from the startups to the huge players and everything in between.
It’s especially important to find a hybrid cloud services vendor – like Codero – that is a good fit for your organization. It’s unlike evaluating a public or private cloud provider, which can be clear-cut, since features like functionality and price can be juxtaposed at a glance. With a hybrid cloud environment, buyers need to evaluate how potential vendors address the cloud solution and how that solution interacts with the buyer’s on-premise solution and/or private cloud.
When our customers are evaluating a hybrid cloud environment, most want to discuss three main criteria: data locality, security, and price. This post addresses those factors and two others that should be considered when reviewing potential vendors for hybrid cloud deployment.
When it comes to the physical location of the cloud services, organizations should consider a few factors. First, the data center should be close to potential users geographically, if data access sensitivity dictates, to mitigate latency. From a disaster recovery standpoint, companies might ask if the provider stores information at multiple locations.
Nearly 40% of those surveyed in a recent Zenoss report cited security as their top concern for cloud services. It’s even more important in the case of hybrid computing where security protocols need to be coordinated across public cloud, private cloud, and/or on-premise.
The main issue with performing a vendor cost evaluation is that the comparison is rarely apples-to-apples. Cloud providers can vary greatly in their services and abilities – especially the mechanics of the environment like memory capacity, CPU clock speed, and other features. Examine the value brought by each potential vendor as a whole rather than side-by-side.
Addressing Specific Business Goals
Every company is different and their needs are unique. Organizations need to make sure they choose a provider that is vested in understanding their specific objectives. Be wary of a cookie-cutter model and one that promotes technical gains over business advantages. Companies should give preference to a vendor that has specific experience in their industry.
Orchestration of Different Cloud Services
In a hybrid cloud environment where each cloud service may have a unique, independent system of managing and provisioning, orchestration layers become critical. Ask potential cloud services providers if they can provide an orchestration layer as a solution to the problem of disparate environments. Usually this is accomplished with APIs, but be sure activities can be tracked from a central layer.
These concerns are simply the preliminary steps in evaluating a potential hybrid cloud solution provider. As with all solutions, understand how it functions with your environment and performs against your requirements before investing.
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