Why Hybrid I.T. is Becoming the Cloud of Choice
Posted on April 18, 2017
Unless your organisation was “born in the cloud”, your ICT infrastructure is likely to be based on multiple platforms and a range of service providers. With the opening of telecommunications competition and web-based technologies, location of that infrastructure is no longer a barrier. Most technologies are now a commodity – along with the skills required to implement, manage, monitor and maintain it.
If you are looking for a solution that is both flexible and adaptable, hybrid cloud is perfect. You may opt for a mix of 90% in the cloud with 10% mission-critical legacy applications maintained on internal servers or it may be a 50/50 mix. It could be Public or Private Cloud and you might choose to retain technical skills in-house or engage managed services providers whose core business it is to deliver your technology requirements.
The point about hybrid cloud is you can create an individual solution to suit your organisation’s needs and know that if circumstances change, you are not locked into any one platform or provider.
There are a few factors you should consider to determine the right mix and Vocus’ expert teams can help you transition.
Few organisations operate 100% Intel-based infrastructure, which is easily migrated to Public Cloud and IaaS. One-size-fits-all compute and storage options may also not meet the needs of your legacy applications. In this case, Private Cloud options or co-location of your own infrastructure might be more appropriate. A key takeaway is to talk to your connectivity partner so you can identify where opportunities or risk lay in your plans.
Performance, Availability & Scalability
If you are operating or planning Big Data or Internet of Things (IoT) applications, enterprise-wide Business Intelligence (BI) or decision support systems (DSS), you will need to look at minimum latency and high data volumes.
Data Sovereignty & Risk Management
If you are holding private or ‘sensitive’ data – or just want to protect your customer data and intellectual property – where your data will reside is a critical consideration of Hybrid IT. A simple way to eliminate this risk is to ensure your IT infrastructure and data are held strictly within Australian-owned data centre facilities.
Create the right network paths
Regardless which cloud model you adopt, make sure you pay attention to the underlying connectivity layer. Pushing high volumes of data via the Internet to a public cloud is not ideal for performance and security. Even using SaaS (Office365, Salesforce) and PaaS options from the cloud need the right considerations. Look to direct connect cloud products from your telco to minimise lag and maximise opportunity for performance.
Transforming ICT Responsibilities
You may need to reshape your teams to concentrate less on day-to-day operations and maintenance and more on activity that delivers on the business strategy – which will lead to increased revenue and/or reduced cost.
The desire to adopt hybrid cloud models will only intensify as legacy infrastructure starts to be retired and organisations look to adopt more efficient and scalable solutions.
The key to maximising the scalability and flexibility of hybrid cloud is to have a carefully researched and documented infrastructure roadmap. Without a defined strategy, an organisation can end up with data, applications and services spread across a number of environments, creating an undesirable web to manage and maintain.
Importantly, make sure you do your homework. Getting to the Cloud can be fast and flexible, but you might miss out on all that’s promised if don’t do your groundwork first.
Talk to us about work we’ve done with customers that shows how we have recognised that their approach needs careful planning.