Hybird Cloud, the halfway point between onsite control, and offsite potential
Executives and IT directors alike balance risk and reward, performance and stability. When deploying applications, utilizing cloud infrastructure has unparalleled benefits in speed, scalability, while affording low internal staff requirements. However, not all companies make the leap of faith in surrendering all onsite infrastructure for an offsite, out of their control, cloud strategy. To them, the term ‘cloud’ is as ephemeral and abstract as the meteorologic phenomenon. The solution? Hybrid cloud, it is the assimilation of control and performance. But why?
The Advantage of Performance and Security with the Hybrid Cloud
While many tier 3 data centers boast ironclad security, is it enough to bet your companies lifeline on? Some enterprises deploy public applications onto the cloud, but keep their own enterprise resource planning software (ERP) on their own physical servers. Thereby guaranteeing their proprietary business processes and sensitive data is close at hand. Secondly, they may keep databases or the core information onsite, while leveraging the scale and power of the cloud.
If some kind of software or hardware mishap should arise on the cloud provider’s side, the enterprise would not be at their mercy to get critical applications like the ERP online. Instead of waiting for a backlogged tech to attend to the mission critical issue, you just wake up your top IT guy at 4:00 AM and get solutions on your time table. On the flip side, for what applications are in the cloud, That top IT guy may get less 4:00 AM calls, as the colocation techs get it back online right at the 3:59 AM mark before the phone call is placed.
Hybrid Cloud Analytics
Another way enterprises are utilizing a hybrid approach is with analytics. With the millions of transactions happening at once, the cloud is adept at collecting and processing that raw data. However, some are then bringing that collected data inhouse to be analyzed using Hadoop or other big data platforms. Although the company Birst, is on a mission to deploy analytics in the cloud.
Onboarding Business and IT to Cloud Potential
Divesting onsite infrastructure for what may seem like the unknown may seem like a big leap. Some executives may reasons they don’t know, what they don’t know, but they do know what they have now works. So how does IT convince members of the board and corporate governance to sell the workhorse they own, and can see, or the metaphysical cloud? The first step may be a hyrbid cloud approach, working towards added capabilities gradually. This gives both disciplines time to test the waters, work out all the bugs, and optimize. The staged strategy stabilizes the IT trajectory, unexpected cloud storms go from, “All of our infrastructure is in the red.” To “Our offsite resources went offline, so our internal data center is picking up the slack while we work out the bugs.
The Next Step, Full Cloud
If the onsite equipment is losing pace in terms of performance and cost efficiency, it may be time to fully migrate to the cloud. How do you divest floors of equipment bearing proprietary and sensitive data? Working with a certified IT Asset Recovery partner specializing in data centers is a good place to start. They can consult on timeframes, logistics, and security concerns. Rather than perusing through forums and asking coworkers who also have not sold million dollar data centers, it can be much more efficient and effective to work with a partner who has.
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