In the past few years, hybrid IT has gained a huge footing as the go-to deployment model for enterprises. Companies are realizing the power and capability of the cloud and want to intelligently adopt it into their infrastructure. Among cloud users, hybrid deployments are more popular now than ever as enterprises desire multiple environments to run their workflows. Because of this trend, the need for effective hybrid cloud management is higher now more than ever.
Managing multiple environments can be tricky, especially for users unfamiliar with how the cloud works. Learning how to operate a cloud deployment while also running an on-premise environment is something any hybrid IT adopter needs to do. Below, we’ve outlined some of the basic ideas of hybrid cloud management and how your enterprise can balance both a cloud and on-premise deployment.
Why hybrid cloud?
Businesses are now, on the whole, comfortable with adopting the cloud into their infrastructure. A majority of enterprises have integrated a cloud solution in some capacity, whether it be a whole cloud environment or a cloud-based software. Users want to take advantage of the cloud whenever they can, but smart companies know they can’t just use the cloud for everything. Cloud environments are capable of many tasks, certainly, but they aren’t the end-all-be-all solution for every problem.
Enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud solutions in order to bridge the gap between on-premise deployments and cloud environments. While initial adopters of the cloud may have predicted that the cloud would replace on-premise hardware, businesses know better than to completely eliminate their already-existing deployments in favor of a cloud-only mindset.
Know what to run in the cloud and on-premise
Cloud environments can handle a wide variety of tasks and workflows, so enterprises might think they can move every process to the cloud and see instant benefits. However, just because a task can be done in the cloud doesn’t mean it should. If you’ve already established a workflow using your on-premise hardware, you should evaluate whether or not it’s better to shift it to the cloud. Your company should estimate the potential cost savings and necessary resources to train your staff on the new method before making the jump. Depending on your evaluation, you might find that pushing the process to your cloud environment isn’t worth it.
Moving data across the hybrid cloud environment
At times, you’ll need to migrate data from your on-premise hardware to the cloud or vice versa. This might seem easy at first, but it’s important to have a migration strategy in mind for when you need to move data. Otherwise, you run the risk of that data being lost or accessible by people who shouldn’t be able to see it. A cloud migration strategy consists of practices and ideals that ensure seamless data transferal. Managing the data that travels between different points of your hybrid cloud infrastructure is one of the key elements of hybrid cloud management. Without proper data migration protocols in place, you won’t have a clear picture of where your data is and what it’s doing.
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