How To Embrace The Hybrid Cloud Reality And Get It Right

by Elisha Moskel Talent Management Services

According to Gartner, over 75% of midsize and large organizations will have adopted a hybrid or multicloud strategy by 2021.

Many saw hybrid cloud to be a steppingstone to public cloud and have not properly prepared for this new hybrid reality.

As organizations continue to manage IT resources and workloads both on-premises and in the cloud, many are coming to realize that hybrid IT isn’t an easily defined methodology or approach. The cloud may be an inevitability for organizations looking to increase their agility and the speed of innovation during this time of uncertainty, but it’s also complex.

With the initial promise of the cloud, organizations were rushing to implement “the next great thing,” but many failed to successfully put a hybrid strategy in place.

Are you one of those organizations? Did you hire the right people with the skill sets required to support your workloads both in the cloud and on-premises? Did you move workloads to the cloud that are better suited for on-premises? Were you surprised by shadow IT?

If your answer is yes to any of the above, it’s not too late to take a quick step back and ensure you have a successful strategy around your hybrid IT initiatives.

Build your all-star team.

Having the right people and processes in place is essential. While staying on top of the latest trends may seem like the best approach, it’s better to have a team you trust to make smart decisions on which technologies will have the greatest business impact long-term based on your organization’s specific needs.

In order to do this, it’s important for your cloud strategy to balance business needs with the technological and financial realities of hybrid cloud computing. The needs of marketing and sales teams will differ from development or engineering. Cloud strategy must cover these different needs, otherwise IT teams will find it challenging to ensure consistent performance, security, and governance across the hybrid cloud environment. Further, to help keep everything in check, IT teams should strive to create guardrails, not roadblocks, so departments don’t feel tempted to find a workaround.

Within your IT team, it’s also important to have expertise in each cloud vendor the organization deploys. It’s common for an individual to hold multiple certifications from a single public cloud provider, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud, but highly unlikely that the same person will be certified across multiple vendors.

Invest in your team by building on their VMware expertise with training and certification for your selected cloud provider, or engage with an external partner to ensure you don’t suffer from a skills gap. Simply put, if an organization doesn’t have the right people in place, its cloud strategy may not run as planned.

Understand your assets.

The foundation for any successful hybrid cloud strategy is the visibility and tracking of all the IT assets and cloud services across the organization. Without this insight, you’re likely wasting money and exposing your company to risk with out-of-date software, misconfigured resources and failure to adhere to compliance standards.

Different functions within IT often have separate systems, each providing an incomplete view of an organization's assets. Licensing, budgets, and resource costs all influence how the cloud should be consumed. This data must be available to IT and consumers of the cloud so they can make educated decisions about how and where to deploy workloads. Tasked with protecting the enterprise, IT requires this complete asset; otherwise, it’s impossible to ensure that system in the organization is compliant and secure — because you can’t protect what you can’t see.

By taking a holistic look at technology assets, IT teams can not only better understand everything operating across the network and in the cloud, but streamline and optimize resource usage and licensing, make tangible savings and reduce risk. 

Put the right tooling in place.

When developing a cloud management strategy, it’s important to make sure you have the right tools in place. Successfully managing workloads across various cloud environments isn’t possible without a well-defined plan that specifically matches tools and solutions to your organization’s cloud needs.

Tools from cloud providers are the first choice with a single cloud strategy, but when planning a hybrid strategy, consistency across cloud environments is an important factor. A third-party cloud management platform can help optimize IT spending, improve the provisioning, and enable self-service capabilities in a consistent manner across hybrid environments.

Let’s also not forget that smart organizations recognize which environments are best for certain workloads — whether that be on-premises or in the cloud. Using technology such as Terraform for infrastructure definition and Kubernetes for application orchestration one can keep an application portable and avoid being locked into a specific cloud.

An organization’s hybrid cloud strategy should be strategic — not an afterthought. By taking a step back and ensuring the right people, processes, and tooling are in place, organizations can better support and realize the benefits of workloads both in the cloud and on-premises.

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About Elisha Moskel Freshman   Talent Management Services

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