When businesses pursue a hybrid cloud strategy, they get a combination of customizability and security of private cloud with the scalability and flexibility of the public cloud.
SNP put together a list of some of the best practices to keep in mind while building a hybrid cloud.
Perform an Environment Assessment: The first step for a successful hybrid cloud implementation is to carefully assess your current workloads and identify which environments are suited for the public cloud, private cloud or traditional on-premises IT. Your mission-critical environments and most confidential data are not good choices for the public cloud, and regulatory requirements may prevent you from considering public clouds entirely. However, seasonal workloads are a nice fit for the scalability that a public cloud provides, as well as handling peaks and troughs in web traffic, non-essential workloads, and applications with a short shelf life.
Create Stringent Guidelines and Policies: Document policies and guidelines for applications and data that can and should be placed in a private or public cloud environment. Performance and regulatory requirements, mission-critical environments, geographic restrictions, and strategic core business applications are just some of the things to keep in mind as you create these rules of engagement.
Re-assess your Resources: A hybrid cloud solution opens your enterprise to new capabilities and new technologies, so you must assess how these vast resources can help address the needs of your business without limiting yourself by how you currently do things. This is a great opportunity to rethink your business processes and become more efficient as an IT organization.
Monetization: The hybrid cloud offers a lot of opportunities to save your company money, whether it’s the ability to expand capacity and performance when needed or augmenting your current IT team with additional management resources. Look at short-term opportunities to save money and then be more strategic. Every future CAPEX expenditure for hardware should be scrutinized to see if a public or hybrid cloud solution would help reduce or eliminate those costs. You’re basically moving your business from a CAPEX model to an OPEX model.
Manpower Management: Hybrid clouds are very complex and require expertise for implementation, migration, and management across compliance, storage, networking and virtualization. You could either train your in-house resources to build a hybrid cloud or rely on a trusted vendor or service provider to be part of your solution.
Implement Hybrid Cloud in Stages: The implementation of your hybrid cloud solution is the key to building trust with your executive management, end users, and even customers, so it’s not something to be done hastily. Test by migrating a few applications or workloads in your hybrid cloud and if successful, migrate additional workloads as you feel more comfortable and confident. The flexible nature of hybrid cloud allows you to continually modify and improve your processes until you’re satisfied.
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