December 20, 2013 6:51 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
, Test and Development
Today’s business environment is forcing IT organizations to re-examine their approaches to application testing and development. Enterprises must streamline and shorten the development cycle to get applications out much faster than ever before, and IT must be able to deliver applications that are simple to use, intuitive, supportive of mobility and fully tested right out of the gate.
Because of this growing need for greater speed and agility, cloud computing is having a huge impact on application testing and development. According to Gartner, 90% of large mainstream enterprises and government agencies will use some aspect of cloud computing for application development by 2015. The primary drivers, Gartner says, are costs, agility, flexibility and speed in deploying new applications.
Hybrid cloud—more than public or private clouds—will emerge as the preferred environment for application testing and development. Why?
- Hybrid cloud provides IT with the ability to utilize existing processes, people, tools and resources in testing and developing applications. It combines the public cloud benefits of quick access to resources with the ability to use existing skills.
- At the same time, hybrid cloud provides IT with the flexibility to use public cloud resources for functions such as scalability testing, performance testing, sandbox creation, quality control, and other critical aspects that are highly dependant upon having resources that can be quickly scaled up and down as needed.
Here are three ways in which hybrid cloud is changing the rules of the game for software test and development:
- Addressing the needs of developers for an agile and dynamic environment to test and develop applications: Developers benefit significantly when the cloud environment is seamlessly integrated with the existing data center environment. They can use the same tools and processes for all applications, regardless of their physical location and regardless of which side of the firewall they reside. Developers can ensure that applications will be cloud native, and they can also ensure that an application can operate onsite or offsite since it runs on the same foundation. In addition, developers can use the elastic scalability of public clouds to build sandbox environments that can be quickly be set up and shut down, without having to go through a lengthy process of getting approval for purchasing equipment, buying it, setting it up, maintaining it, etc.
- Providing self-service provisioning for IT consumers, including visibility, look-back and charge-back capabilities: Line-of-business leaders can be more closely aligned with the development of new services and applications through the availability of self-service provisioning. As users consume IT resources via the hybrid cloud, the organization can ensure that resource allocation gets charged in the right amount and to the right department. Developers can also benefit from self-service provisioning to set up their own sandboxes for test and development—quickly and on an as-needed basis—to streamline and accelerate development.
- Reducing the costs of test and quality assurance environments while streamlining application portability between test and production environments: With hybrid cloud, enterprises can achieve seamless portability across all environments at all stages of the development and testing process. As noted by IDC, applications at the proof-of-concept of development/testing phase benefit greatly from public cloud’s rapid provisioning capabilities and consumption-based pricing. In a hybrid cloud environment, these applications can be moved back into the enterprise data center if data security concerns or regulatory mandates require an in-house production environment.
Is hybrid cloud having an impact on test and development at your organization? How so? What are the biggest challenges your organization is facing in developing and testing applications? We have only one blog remaining in this series, so if you have a comment, this would be a good time to post it.
December 18, 2013 2:53 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
, Private Cloud
, Public Cloud
, vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service
Cloud deployments are continuing to grow rapidly and by 2016 will represent the bulk of new IT spending, according to Gartner research. Fueling a large portion of that growth will be the increased use of hybrid cloud, to the point where nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments within the next four years, Gartner adds.
Why such a strong push towards hybrid cloud? Here are two important reasons to consider:
- Enterprises want more: Many organizations have already deployed services and applications in public and/or private clouds and have found each type of platform lacking in critical areas, which limits their impact and effectiveness across the entire enterprise. Public clouds often don’t give IT the control, reliability and security they require, while private clouds don’t necessarily deliver the levels of cost savings, agility, elastic scalability and “pay-as-you-go” approach to resource usage that enterprises typically seek from their cloud deployments. As noted by Gartner: “Private cloud is not appropriate for all services and, while the majority of midsize and large enterprises will deploy private cloud services over the next few years, private cloud will only be used for specific services.” Enterprises typically want more out of the cloud than either public or private clouds are able to deliver on their own.
- Leading vendors are delivering more: Many technology vendors have typically looked at cloud as an either/or proposition, assuming that customers would choose either public or private clouds, depending upon the application, workload, costs, who was making the decision, and a variety of other factors. Today, however, the most forward-looking vendors recognize that hybrid cloud is the real place to be, and they are now building solutions from the group up to complement and maximize the benefits of public and private clouds. A leading example is the VMware vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service, which extends existing data centers into the cloud and provides a federated solution for cloud resource provisioning, management, migration and usage. Customers now have viable choices in hybrid cloud that finally enable them to take full advantage of the benefits of public and private clouds.
The new reality in cloud is the emergence of sophisticated and effective hybrid cloud solutions that enterprises can use to extend their existing IT investments—in equipment, applications, people and processes—as a foundational component of public and private cloud solutions.
Thus, the real answer when it comes to cloud is not “either/or:” It is “all of the above,” meaning that organizations can benefit from both using public and private clouds. Hybrid cloud is the path to enabling organizations to reap the maximum benefits of public and private clouds, along with their existing IT infrastructures. However, not all hybrid cloud solutions are created equal and, for enterprise environments, the right hybrid cloud solution must have certain attributes and deliver specific benefits, including:
- Support for existing applications, along with seamless interoperability for simplified migrations.
- Ability to run existing applications along with new applications on a common cloud platform.
- Flexibility to move workloads between onsite and offsite environments without having to worry about application compatibility or vendor lock-in.
- Unified management that combines all cloud environments, as well as all data centers, under a common platform that can be administered from a single pane of glass.
- Agility to mix and match workloads and resources based on the demands of specific applications and on the policies/needs/SLAs of the enterprise. For example, you want to be able to take advantage of the one-size-fits-all nature of the public cloud, without being locked into that approach for all of your applications and workloads.
- Proven, reliable and enterprise-class approaches to security, compliance and network bandwidth and utilization.
Do you agree with this list of attributes and benefits you should expect out of a hybrid cloud service? Are you looking at hybrid cloud as a way to complement and expand your use of private and public clouds? What are you looking for in a hybrid cloud solution? These are not merely rhetorical questions: Please take a moment to consider them and post a comment on this site.
December 17, 2013 9:02 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
, Hybrid Cloud Management
As organizations start to think about using cloud computing for more of their applications and workloads, they are often coming across a series of common management challenges:
- How do we centralize governance and control of cloud deployments, particularly public clouds?
- How to we leverage our existing hardware infrastructure to be a part of these new cloud deployments?
- How do we optimize what we have in place as part of a new shared-resource approach?
- How to we deploy all of our existing applications while taking advantage of new applications?
- Can we still leverage the same processes, policies, personnel and training for a new cloud environment?
- How do we assure and ensure that we are meeting all of our SLAs, whether our applications delivered in the cloud, outside of the cloud or across both cloud and non-cloud environments?
- Yes, we see the many benefits of cloud: Speed to market, increased agility, potential for cost savings, etc. But how do we know that our organization is actually maximizing any or all of these benefits?
As many organizations are discovering, the answer to these and other commonly asked cloud management questions lies in a hybrid cloud solution. Here’s a great description of hybrid clouds from IDC analyst Melanie Posey:
Hybrid clouds are more than just a blend of public cloud and private cloud. Hybrid clouds integrate compute, storage, security, networking, applications and management into a common, highly orchestrated onsite/offsite IT operations workspace.
The advantage of this approach—of thinking about hybrid cloud management as something “highly orchestrated”—is that it allows IT to leverage any cloud or non-cloud environment to deliver maximum value across the entire business.
When you think about some of the other major paradigm shifts that have taken place in the technology market over the past several decades—most notably PCs and the Internet—it wasn’t until IT was able to take control that businesses were really able to take full advantage of the innovations these technologies were poised to deliver.
Cloud computing has the potential to deliver yet another new round of major innovation, but only if cloud is properly managed with centralized IT control. That’s why hybrid cloud is a major evolution in cloud management.
The right approach to cloud management sets the stage for a new round of business innovation. What does that consist of? As noted by IDC:
On-site and in-the-cloud systems must be orchestrated to work together as a single system, and workloads should be able to run in the public cloud domain without rewriting the application code or redesigning the network architecture, security policies, or business logic.
In other words, organizations should be able to manage their data centers and cloud environments as one seamless IT environment. They should be able to:
- Share resources as needed, delivering an overall pool of IT capacity for users throughout the enterprise
- Move applications and workloads seamlessly between cloud and non-cloud environments
- Rapidly accelerate the development of new applications and services
- Create new models and efficiencies for self-service, including both usage and payment models
- Leverage existing tools, systems, policies and people
The management innovation lies in being able to think about the cloud as location-agnostic, whereby it doesn’t matter to the end users where resources come from or where they are located, whether they are in a public cloud, private cloud or no cloud at all. They are just able to get what they need, when they need it, wherever they need it.
What do you think? Are you ready for the next evolution in cloud management? Do you think hybrid cloud is the next major innovation that will enable businesses to take full advantage of the benefits of cloud computing?
December 11, 2013 7:04 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
What are the business benefits of hybrid cloud?
Business decision-makers and IT leaders are typically looking for cost savings, increased agility and speed to market. In conducting research on the business benefits of private cloud, we came upon two reports that list some of the benefits mentioned above, but put them in an alternate perspective that is quite interesting.
The first list of benefits comes from a technical paper delivered at the 2012 International Conference on Economics, Business and Marketing Management in Singapore. It was titled Hybrid Cloud Considerations: Managerial Perspective and was delivered by three members of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Here are the benefits of hybrid cloud cited by the authors, with minor editing for clarity:
- Balanced Approach: Hybrid cloud architecture has a potential to balance benefits and risks of its private and public segments. Managers should take advantage of beneficial features of private and public clouds, and minimize their disadvantages.
- Similarity: Cloud adoption is similar to outsourcing. This holds for both private and public segments of hybrid cloud architectures. Thus, information technology managers may utilize their outsourcing experience for faster and efficient adoption.
- Speed: Cloud-based architecture and services can be deployed relatively fast. Public clouds are specifically designed for fast deployment. There are also numerous readily available private cloud solutions.
- Ease of Deployment: New cloud-based services may be deployed with relative ease. Generally, adoption of new public cloud services or existing ready-to-use private cloud solutions is easy. Unfortunately, this does not hold for transfer of services.
- Savings: Elimination and/or transfer of costly cloud-based services to third-party providers may reduce costs.
- Scalability: Resources can be dynamically and timely scaled with increasing demand. Both hardware and software resources can be easily and dynamically scaled.
- Payments: Common payment model for cloud-based services is ‘pay-for-use.’ Users pay only for the resources they consumed. This is beneficial for short-term planning and cost estimates.
Our second interesting list of hybrid cloud benefits comes from an IDC report, previously quoted here, titled Journey to the Hybrid Cloud, by Melanie Posey from September 2013. Here are four business benefits noted by the author and summarized by us for this post:
- Leveraging existing IT Systems Investments: Hybrid cloud provides self-service “stretch” resources that augment what’s already in the enterprise data center, delaying or even eliminating the need for additional CAPEX in favor of an OPEX approach.
- Centralized governance, decentralized infrastructure: Hybrid clouds that tightly link the enterprise data center with public cloud resources, along with well-defined policies and processes governing access and use, ensure consistent IT governance while enabling location-agnostic flexibility.
- The right environment for the right workload at the right time: Hybrid cloud means a common architecture for both legacy and net-new cloud-native applications, with the ability to mix and match deployment environments based on specific performance, security and compliance parameters.
- Bridging the divide between IT and line of business: Hybrid cloud helps give each group what it wants: Security and control for IT operations and speed and agility for line-of-business operations. To the extent that IT can incorporate external public cloud services into formalized IT procurement, implementation and governance processes, IT becomes a facilitator of rather than a roadblock to more dynamically business-ready IT.
What are the business benefits that your organization is achieving or seeking to achieve in hybrid cloud? Please feel free to comment.
December 5, 2013 10:57 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
Hybrid cloud can be particularly effective as a means to transition enterprise IT to a cloud-based model or as part of a new model for an outsourced data center. Enterprises looking at hybrid cloud for these use cases are typically facing similar challenges:
- Growth in infrastructure that is demanding corresponding growth in the amount of physical space required for the data center.
- Cost uncertainty fueled by applications and use cases, such as e-commerce and OLTP, which can have highly variable resource requirements.
- Performance issues in certain mission-critical applications that are currently being addressed by the over-provisioning of IT resources, negatively impacting optimization, utilization and total cost of ownership.
- Lack of agility and speed in developing and deploying new applications and business services.
- Personnel challenges in finding and retaining talent with the requisite skills for today’s modern data center.
A business case for using hybrid cloud for enterprise IT or for an outsourced data center often centers on some of these key themes:
- Using cloud solutions as part of a larger strategy to meet the need for more capacity and elastic scalability, without incurring incremental capital expenditures.
- Expanding data center performance and functionality without having to go through all of the costs and time involved in physically building a new data center.
- Transitioning IT from a CAPEX model to an OPEX model.
- Enabling IT to be more agile and responsive to the needs of the business. For example, using self-service capabilities in hybrid cloud to accelerate the creation of new business services, while allowing the IT organization to maintain control and centralized governance of IT services and resources.
- Supporting mission-critical applications in public cloud environments, while ensuring the highest levels of security, compliance, performance and availability.
In evaluating hybrid cloud solutions for enterprise IT or outsourced data center you want to choose a solution that can seamlessly extend your onsite data center to the cloud. The solution should enable the simple migration of existing applications to the cloud, while enabling you to move applications between onsite and offsite environments. Among the characteristics to expect from an Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS) solution for hybrid cloud are:
- On-demand capacity and scalability to react quickly to changing requirements for critical IT resources.
- Ability to allocate and provision resources where and when you need them, with elastic scalability to cover peak periods.
- A common unified management platform that enables IT to administer the entire hybrid cloud infrastructure from a single pane of glass. This includes onsite data centers, private clouds and public clouds.
- A common IaaS platform among on-premises data centers and cloud solutions.
Are you considering hybrid cloud for enterprise IT and/or as a solution for an outsourced data center? Why? What are the biggest challenges for your organization? What are your goals? Please feel free to comment and share your experiences with us here at Hybrid Cloud Trender.
December 2, 2013 5:23 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
IT leaders and business decision-makers are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud solutions and infrastructure-as-a-service platforms as the preferred options for addressing their most pressing concerns about moving key workloads and applications to the cloud.
More than three quarters of respondents to this year’s third annual Future of Cloud Computing survey said they expect hybrid clouds to be the core of their cloud strategies within the next five years, overtaking both public and private clouds. IaaS is the fastest growing form of cloud service, according to the survey, with usage rising from 35% to 45% year to year, representing a 29% increase over the prior year.
The majority of respondents said they see the emergence of hybrid cloud and hybrid cloud providers as a response to the factors that are potentially inhibiting their adoption of cloud. These top inhibitors include:
- Security; although security is still viewed as the number one inhibitor to cloud deployments, concerns about security are declining, from 55% of respondents in 2012 to 45% of respondents this year.
- Compliance; cited by 30% of respondents
- Privacy; 26%
- Costs; 28%
- Reliability; 22.3%
- Complexity; 21%
These findings echo some other recent research we’ve seen. In InformationWeek’s 2013 State of Cloud Computing, just over 50% of respondents cited security as the top cloud risk, and more than 40% also cited concerns around compliance and privacy. Another survey shows that 60% of decision-makers see the hybrid cloud as the culmination of their cloud journey, rather than just a steppingstone.
If hybrid cloud is to provide the answer to concerns about security, compliance and privacy, what are some of the key characteristics IT decision-makers should be looking for in hybrid cloud solutions? Here are a few to start with:
- World-Class Protection: Make sure your service provider is able to provide comprehensive security protections for hosts, networks, virtual machines, applications and data. Any solution should have a rich set of sophisticated firewall and gateway security services.
- Consistent Application: It is essential that security features and compliance policies are applied and enforced consistently across public and private clouds.
- Flexibility: You want to be able to segment your cloud environment so that you can apply security policies in different ways to different user populations and data types.
- Visibility: Your solution should be able to automatically identify regulatory violations, with management and reporting capabilities that give you operational visibility to verify compliance.
- Control: One of the biggest challenges to compliance is control: If IT is not in control of all of the cloud deployments across the enterprise, the organization is more likely to be at risk for security gaps and compliance violations.
Is your organization facing inhibitors to more widespread cloud deployment? What are they and how are you dealing with them? And what are some of the key characteristics you are looking for from your hybrid cloud solution? Please feel free to comment.
November 27, 2013 10:38 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
, Hybrid Cloud Migrations
Many of the questions that come up early and often in any discussion of cloud deployments center around existing applications, specifically:
- How will we migrate our existing applications for the cloud?
- Will we need to rewrite our existing applications for the cloud?
- How much will it cost to migrate/rewrite our existing applications for the cloud?
- How much time will it take to migrate/rewrite our existing applications for the cloud?
IT decision-makers recognize the importance of simplified and flexible migrations: More than 50% of respondents cited “flexible migration of workloads between private and public clouds” as one of the most critical characteristics of the cloud, according to IDC’s CloudTrack Survey, 2012. As noted by the research firm: “Interoperability and standardization between external and internal cloud environments represent the table stakes for application portability and the foundation for mixed environments that support ease of migration.”
If the organization has to go through a costly and/or time-consuming migration process in moving to the cloud, then this will be seen as a possible gating factor in moving certain applications to hybrid cloud environments.
One of the ways to mitigate the challenges of the migration/rewrite process in hybrid cloud environments is to utilize a solution that is built upon a foundation that you already have in place. For example, VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service is an infrastructure-as-a-service platform that is built upon vSphere. The use of a common platform allows any applications that are currently being run on vSphere to run in the cloud with no changes required.
In addition to the time and cost savings you will achieve by not having to rewrite your applications, a common platform across your on-premises data center and your IaaS platform provides significant benefits as you develop and deploy new applications. As you develop new applications, you will have the option of deploying them on-premises or in the cloud, depending upon which deployment will deliver the most benefits to your organization
As you evaluate IaaS platforms, there will be several important factors to consider, including:
- Is the solution built on a virtualized network that provides seamless integration between your on-premises data center and the cloud?
- Does the solution offer common management tools and security features across the cloud and on-premises solutions?
- Does the solution provide a choice of service options? For example, vCloud Hybrid Service is available in two service options that can be deployed individually or in any combination. A Dedicated Cloud provides a physically isolated infrastructure, giving organizations their own private cloud instance and the most control over resources. A Virtual Private Cloud provides a logically isolated infrastructure, including fully private networking and resource pools.
Has your organization analyzed the costs of rewriting/migrating applications for the cloud? What are the most important migration considerations for your company? Please take a moment to comment and get the discussion rolling.
November 18, 2013 11:44 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
, Hybrid Cloud TCO
There was an article on Search Cloud Computing the other day with a headline stating that hybrid cloud deployment is the future of the enterprise. The article quotes Forrester Research analyst Dave Bartoletti as stating that more than 50% of enterprises will be prioritizing private clouds in 2013 and 2014, with almost all of these deployments having a public—therefore hybrid—component. In fact, Bartoletti says that “everyone” has plans to extend the private cloud to include public resources, which leads to a cloud that offers infrastructure both on and off premises. “The future is systems-of-record linked to new cloud-style systems-of-record, and that is hybrid cloud,” Bartoletti says.
To a large degree this major platform shift to the cloud is being driven by the need for IT to be more agile, while also keeping costs under control. As we’ve noted in our last two blog posts, hybrid cloud can deliver significant TCO benefits as well as improved agility through elastic scalability and accelerated speed in developing and deploying new applications and services (among other benefits).
As enterprises start the process of moving mission-critical applications to hybrid cloud deployments, however, IT leaders will be asking additional questions beyond those centered on agility and costs. Among the issues that are core to the success of any enterprise IT deployment are performance, high availability, resiliency, reliability, simplified manageability and security.
Here are five questions related to these key areas that you may or may not have thought about asking your potential hybrid cloud service provider:
- Is the solution built on a state-of-the-art storage infrastructure that employs flash storage as part of an architecture that supports automated tiering? The storage platform is critical because many of today’s highly virtualized applications will perform better and faster with the improved IOPS enabled by flash technology for Tier One storage.
- Does the platform support live migration and other features that eliminate downtime and maximize high availability? As virtualization has taken hold in the data center, IT organizations have come to expect that they can keep applications running without interruption due to planned server maintenance or non-planned events. IT is accustomed to automated failover as well as auto-start for virtual machines in the event of failure. IT will demand no less resiliency and availability from applications delivered via their hybrid cloud environments.
- Can you easily migrate workloads between your private cloud and your public cloud services, utilizing a single management interface that goes across all of your cloud environments, public, private and hybrid? If you choose a hybrid cloud provider that also enables you to migrate your existing applications and run them seamlessly across all of your environments without rewriting them, you will be way ahead of the game.
- Does your solution support a policy-driven approach to provisioning, and what other security features are integrated into the platform? For example, certain solutions embed software-defined security and resource consumption controls so that pre-configured IT policies are enforced automatically, accelerating provisioning without impacting security, compliance or control. Security features should include identity management and role-based access that provide authorized and accountable control over the consumption of cloud resources.
- Does the underlying network infrastructure support the demanding bandwidth requirements of a cloud environment? Can the network forward packets at wire speed, causing little or no impact on network performance or bandwidth? Can you configure the network as if it were in your own data center, extending the corporate network to the cloud without creating new IP domains or adding network management?
As IT leaders begin thinking about moving mission-critical applications to hybrid cloud environments, the issues around resiliency, reliability, performance, high availability and security have to be assessed and addressed. The questions presented here can give you a start. What are some of the other critical questions you should be asking? Please feel free to post your comments.
November 13, 2013 1:46 PM
Posted by: TheTechster
, Hybrid Cloud TCO
For IT leaders and decision-makers, one of the challenges in building a business case for any technology investment is to articulate and, where possible, provide metrics that illuminate how and where the technology lowers total cost of ownership (TCO).
Hybrid cloud is, of course, no exception.
As we’ve seen with virtualization, IT organizations are anxious to embrace technologies that reduce costs, improve efficiencies and accelerate time to value for the business. In many ways, cloud computing represents the next evolutionary step in the virtualization path, and hybrid cloud is an important development in the evolution of the cloud paradigm.
IT and business leaders clearly recognize the enormous potential of hybrid cloud solutions to lower TCO. According to IDC’s 2012 CloudTrack Survey, “cost efficiency” was cited as the most critical characteristic of cloud deployments, with 85% of respondents saying it was critical to their organization’s use of the cloud.
So what are some of the areas for IT to examine as they build their TCO models for hybrid cloud? Here are five to consider:
- Reduce Capital Expenditures: As we’ve seen with virtualization, the positive financial impact of infrastructure consolidation can be dramatic. With hybrid cloud, IT should be able to isolate the costs of incremental hardware and software purchases, versus the costs of using cloud services for specific workloads and use cases. Some of the workloads we discussed in our previous post—such as backup, archiving, disaster recovery and test/development—will provide clear financial benefits of using hybrid clouds to reduce capital expenditures.
- Reduce Operating Expenditures: As you move specific workloads to the hybrid cloud, you have the opportunity to reduce costs for maintenance, upgrading, patching and other day-to-day functions of the IT department. Rather than thinking of hybrid cloud as a way to reduce personnel, IT should be looking at it as a way to deploy personnel more strategically, particularly as businesses look to the cloud to accelerate the creation and delivery of new business services.
- Protect Existing Investments: This is one of the key areas where you have to make sure that you choose the right provider for your hybrid cloud solutions. You want to be able to extend into the cloud all of the investment you’ve already made in infrastructure, virtualization, management, IT expertise and training, for both IT personnel and users.
- Accelerate Time to Value: There are areas where this may be relatively simple to measure: In test and development, for example, you can reduce the time and costs to develop new applications and services. Another area where time to value can make a big impact on cost savings is through critical applications, such as Web hosting or e-commerce, that will have the potential to perform faster and better through a more flexible environment, taking advantage of both premise-based solutions and public cloud services. Applications downtime and performance degradation can severely impact financial performance, particularly with so many aspects of today’s businesses centered on the Internet.
- Isolate, Pay for and Charge Appropriately for Usage: One of the benefits of any cloud environment is the creation of a service model that enables the IT department to pay for the resources it uses, while also charging internal departments for their usage. You don’t have to overprovision to adjust for business cycles; you can just use the resources you need when you need them. With the right hybrid cloud solution you can manage your workloads strategically and cost-efficiently so that you can move workloads between on-site and off-site environments as your requirements change.
These are just five areas in which hybrid cloud can lower TCO and where IT departments can make a strong business case for hybrid cloud deployments. What are some of the areas in your organization where hybrid cloud is impacting TCO? And what are some of the ways in which you apply metrics and measurements to those cost savings? Please let us know and remember to stay tuned for our next post.