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Moving workloads to the cloud should be part of your short- and long-term IT strategy. In fact, the best strategy for IT professionals is to identify those use cases and workloads that will benefit most from a hybrid cloud deployment, delivering incremental value to the business in the quickest time frame. IT leaders and business decision-makers are typically focused on time to value and the impact to the bottom line, so if your hybrid cloud deployments can accelerate time to value, you will be making an important contribution to your organization.
How do you choose the right use cases and workloads? Here are some types of workloads that lend themselves to successful hybrid cloud deployments:
- Workloads that require elastic scalability: Some of the obvious ones are e-commerce environments that may get spikes in demand during certain times of the year, such as during the holiday season; social media networks that are prone to spikes during major events, such as the Super Bowl or a presidential election; gaming sites that also need to satisfy peaks in usage. Hybrid cloud enables you to scale based on your usage requirements.
- Packaged applications: Standard packaged applications, such as those for e-mail and collaboration, pose a challenge to IT departments because they typically require ever-increasing network, storage and server capacity and performance. The key with moving packaged applications to the hybrid cloud is to use a platform that enables you to run your existing applications in the cloud without having to rewrite and/or reconfigure them.
- Backup/archiving/disaster recovery: If you can avoid it, you don’t really want the expense of replicating your production environment at a second site operated by your IT team. With the right hybrid cloud service you should be able to use remote storage to provide a lower-cost backup facility, while taking advantage of automated replication, monitoring and remediation to ensure high availability of all your applications.
- Batch processing: Batch processing workloads also pose the challenge of spikes in demand, along with the need for speed, performance and capacity during those periods. By utilizing a hybrid cloud solution, IT departments can use shared resources to maximize power and performance, while monitoring usage to assess appropriate chargebacks to individual business units.
- Test and development: For IT, applications must be developed much more quickly, they must be easy to use and intuitive and they must be ready for prime time right out of the gate. In moving test and development to the cloud, IT can accomplish all of these objectives. The key is to use the same platform that you already run internally, so you can leverage your existing processes, expertise and infrastructure.
These are some of the workloads and use cases that The Techster has identified. If you want another opinion, check out this short video from Dave Bartoletti of Forrester on Tips When Evaluating What Workloads to Move to the Hybrid Cloud. Here are some of his views:
- If the application needs to respond to scaling customer demands
- If it’s a new mobile or social media application, and demand for the app is uncertain
- If it’s an existing application that could be run more efficiently by being moved to the public cloud
What do you think? What are the workloads that are driving hybrid cloud deployments in your organization? Please comment and get the discussion rolling.