Cloud adoption is a huge part of digital transformation, however some organisations that we’ve spoken to have made the bold leap to cloud without really understanding if that is the right solution for their requirements. Of course the cloud can offer speed, security and scalability but this shiny tech can be really distracting. Some of these organisations have faced challenges around financial losses due to unexpected data costs and others have faced setbacks due to vendor lock-in contracts. Thorough planning is needed to fully understand the requirements, consider what volumes of data are included in migration and day to day operations, and build a strategy that works for the business.
An IDC survey reported that 93.2% of survey respondents are using more than one type of cloud infrastructure, and are moving to adopt a hybrid cloud approach in order to address their business needs. The survey found that these infrastructures were generally made up of one or two public clouds plus one or two private cloud environments. The survey highlights what we’re seeing day to day – that hybrid cloud strategies are becoming the enterprise ‘norm’.
Hybrid cloud strategies help to keep businesses competitive by reducing or controlling costs, maintaining performance and security to regulation and make sure that the organisation is protected against cyber threats.
So what steps do you need to take to be able to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy while keeping full visibility and control of your network?
Step 1: Identify appropriate data
Step 2: Understand the application stack when disaggregating/abstracting
Step 3: Transfer your data
Step 4: Architect redundancy and scalability
Step 5: Automate your configurations
Step 6: Monitor performance and availability
These are just the very high level points to consider when looking to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy. For a more in-depth look at these steps, with more information on the elements of a hybrid cloud strategy and the top 3 considerations of hybrid cloud connectivity, please download the 6 Steps to Hybrid Cloud Connectivity ebook.