Organizations are rapidly adopting cloud-computing environment to improve IT agility and increase cost efficiencies. With different sets of requirements for different types of applications, enterprises are leveraging hybrid cloud solutions. Hybrid cloud environment combines on-premises private cloud with public cloud services. The combination works together seamlessly as a single platform to get maximum benefit and improved performance from each component.
The shift to a hybrid cloud can become complex. While working on the best approaches to security, compliance, governance, and management, it turns out that finding a one-size-fits-all solution or tool is practically impossible. So, how IT leaders should strategize for successful hybrid cloud adoption and management?
Understanding the essentials is primary. The choice of tools that make tasks related to hybrid cloud management easier is next to setting up the requirements and approach. Most IT executives make the mistake of hurrying into picking up right tools and technology. An approach to hybrid cloud management should take into account the security, compliance, data, and governance.
Following are five concepts that one needs to look into before comprehending a strategy for hybrid cloud adoption.
5 Essential Checkpoints to Simplify Hybrid Cloud Adoption
#1. Figure out what’s being managed
Talking about hybrid cloud management, this seems like the most important thing to know. IT managers need to understand the profiles of the workloads that will run on the public and private cloud. They also need to know the applications’ functions, including how they communicate with the end users, manage data, how they handle security, networking, performance, etc.
Pondering over following questions will strengthen the understanding:
– Who is the point of contact within the organization for a particular workload?
– What is the significance of the workload and how critical it is in business perspective? This is seen as the number of resources assigned to manage the workloads on the hybrid cloud with the view to bring value to the business.
– What are the timings of the running workloads? Some may run continuously, while others are triggered during similar schedules of a day. The idea behind is to figure out the way it should be managed within the hybrid cloud.
– How to decide the deployment of workloads? Which one should run on a private cloud or public cloud or at times both places?
#2. Know security and governance requirements
Nowadays, security and governance requirements play a major role in strategizing hybrid cloud data management. These are driven either by the customers or the senior management. In order to meet these requirements, the data on storage or moving over a network needs to be secured.
IAM (identity and access management) is a framework that will allow you to control user access to critical information and assign an identity to data, people, devices, and servers. It provides data governance functions, with which you can ensure secure and relevant data movement.
Dealing with following issues is the main here:
– Security and Performance: Securing data identity, on storage or moving over a network, pulls down the application performance.
– Policy management: Policies written and enforced for governance need to be understood by resources managing hybrid cloud to avoid conflicts.
#3. Build a system administrator dashboard
To manage storage, networking, security, and compliance on the hybrid cloud are complex. As private and public clouds have their own native interfaces, dealing with them requires the complete knowledge for each. Here, a smarter way could be to introduce an abstract layer that can manage cloud services using a single interface.
For instance, to monitor performance, various cloud services provide different approaches and interfaces, and a single pane of glass interface can deal with these differences on your behalf.
#4. Know the SLAs
SLA or service level agreement is an official contract between a service provider and a client. It specifies a specific level of service from the provider for a said period, failing to which will incur penalties. The management layer needs to understand end-user expectations related to performance and hence define aspects of SLA. When integrating with public cloud environments enforcing an SLA adds to the complexity.
A smart way could be to define user, and business expectations and the hybrid cloud managers use them as the guidelines.
#5. Know the management tools
As discussed above, picking up the right tools is a matter of understanding your own requirements. There are plenty of tools available and each managing areas such as programming interfaces, resources, performance, networking, security, etc.
Once the requirements and its patterns are defined, it’s then matching up with the right set of tools. At times, you won’t find all the necessary tools, and then you may want to consider custom tools. In fact, the choice of moving to the hybrid cloud can itself go on toss again if the management tools are not helping in automating the management of your workloads. In such cases, leaving a workload off a hybrid cloud is OK as it was difficult to manage and was becoming costly.