Hybrid Cloud Best Practice
Cloud computing is undoubtedly a revolutionary breakthrough for businesses and organisations all over the world but as companies seek to embrace the world of cloud computing, they need to make a number of decisions about whether a private or public cloud environment would be most suitable for their organisation.
But what if there was no need to choose between the two? Hybrid cloud computing models are growing in popularity every day, allowing businesses to manage certain resources privately in-house, while others are offered publicly as a service using the cloud. The public cloud offers great cost savings, while the private cloud is intensely secure and reliable why not merge the two and enjoy the benefits of both?
As more businesses wake up to the idea of hybrid cloud solutions, we take a look at the best practice for establishing this kind of mixed environment.
Assess the environment
The implementation of any new hybrid cloud set-up must start with a comprehensive assessment of the environments you currently have, and whether they’d be suitable for the public cloud or the private cloud. For example, your confidential data environment would obviously not be a suitable candidate for public cloud there may even be some kind of regulatory restriction that prevents you from considering the public cloud.
Implement in stages
The implementation of a hybrid cloud solution is not simple and certainly not something that can be done overnight, or at the flick of a switch. Take your time with this process, because it’ll be with you for many years. Test different cloud providers, try out different applications and make sure you and your staff feel comfortable and confident using the solution you eventually choose before it is officially implemented.
Think about the future
Of course, your new cloud set-up should be able to address the immediate needs of your business but it should also be built with the future in mind. We know that the worlds of technology and business move rapidly now, and your new cloud system must be able to adapt to changing conditions easily. Think about the Internet of Things, for example over the next five years, the IoT will be essential for enterprise, and you don’t want to choose a cloud strategy which limits choices where IoT (and IoE Internet of Everything) is concerned.
Make governance and compliance as simple as possible
Your IT team will need to be able to monitor and govern the usage of information in the cloud in an efficient way that doesn’t compromise on security. Make sure you have the means to manage and monitor things like quotas, limits and other policies easily, so that resource consumption in the cloud is scrutinised in the same way as it is on-si