Hybrid cloud infrastructure has been the latest trend in enterprise cloud computing. Many organizations want a private cloud or traditional datacenter to pair with their public cloud to keep sensitive workloads and data in a safer environment. Enterprise hybrid cloud management can be difficult to manage internally which has led to the increased popularity of hybrid cloud management and cloud managed service providers.
Solutions Review recently had the chance to interview Oliver Presland, Ensono’s VP of global project management, to discuss hybrid cloud. Ensono offers hybrid cloud management in areas like managed infrastructure, mainframe, applications, and more. Presland gets into detail regarding the importance of hybrid cloud, who can benefit from it, and the best methods to go about it.
What challenges are enterprises looking to move to hybrid cloud facing?
Many organizations do not fully realize the challenges surrounding their existing legacy technology when moving to a hybrid cloud environment. These non-cloud, physical systems are critical in keeping businesses running, so it’s imperative that they are maintained.
In this case, organizations need a partner who can advise, design, deploy and continuously manage a full suite of hybrid cloud options. The right partner is key in avoiding governance and cross-vendor and cross-cloud challenges associated with managing a disparate group of specialists, one for each cloud.
What do you tell enterprises that are on the fence about hybrid cloud?
There is no single cloud that can best cater to all enterprise applications, infrastructure and service requirements.
A hybrid cloud approach allows organizations to develop the environment that suits the various applications and business requirements of their application portfolio. Using a hybrid cloud can solve pressing legacy challenges by embracing these technologies until they can be transformed in the future. This gives organizations flexibility both now and in future as applications and infrastructure requirements evolve. By working with a service provider, businesses can avoid lock-in and minimum contract spend commitments with cloud vendors themselves.
What value do traditional datacenters bring in a cloud-driven world?
Many of the world’s enterprises run mission-critical systems such as mainframes, midrange (IBM i, UNIX systems), specialist physical data or security appliances etc. and these need a home – it’s a multi-billion dollar market. Data center services can deliver an environment, integrated into a private cloud and other services, where these critical systems can be operated at maximum availability. For an added benefit, the wide range of data center locations available with a variety of connectivity options enable a better hybrid cloud delivery.
Do any specific markets benefit more from hybrid cloud?
Hybrid cloud can benefit organizations in all industry verticals. It is more about the complexity of existing IT that an organization has, for example, the more complex today, the more ‘legacy’ systems, the more physical assets such as mainframes and midrange; the more benefits a hybrid cloud can provide.
Why do you think (some) managed service providers are better equipped to handle hybrid cloud deployment than an enterprise’s internal IT team?
Finding candidates that possess skills in both the latest technologies and platforms and the longest-lived technologies and platforms are hard to attract and retain, often include premium salaries.
Service providers have gravity for the best skills in the industry because they offer the opportunity for technical experts to work for a single employer but engage and deliver projects and managed services to a wide range of the most successful end-user businesses in the world. Because of how service providers operate, they can build a critical mass of skills that avoid single points of failure, develop vendor relationships, and engineer solutions once and apply them to multiple end-user businesses. This is challenging for all but the largest enterprises with the deepest pockets to achieve while simultaneously demonstrating a return on investment, unless they work with a service provider.