Posted by: TheTechster
Hybrid Cloud, IaaS
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.