Hybrid or multi Cloud infrastructure is quickly becoming the most popular way to manage a business’s IT and online presence. There are many situations in which a hybrid or multi Cloud environment can benefit a business greatly by improving agility, flexibility, scalability, productivity, cost-effectiveness, and the general ease of running IT.
We provide a number of scenarios below which may resonate with you and your organisations. It is not an exhaustive list but provided to assist you identify areas of your business that may benefit from further investigation.
Often an organisation will want to ‘dip their toe in the water’ placing a small, low risk workload on a public Cloud to see what works (or equally, what doesn’t). They can then continue to expand their presence – on private Clouds, public Clouds and eventually a combination of both. This is often referred to as incremental Cloud adoption.
Where you have dynamic workloads or data storage that frequently changes, the public Cloud may make sense while you leave less volatile or more sensitive workloads such as financial or customer data under your own lock and key on a private Cloud. Being able to separate workloads based on necessity and requirement is a common scenario that drives many businesses to move to hybrid or multi Cloud infrastructure.
Similar to the above, where organisations need to store and process big data at any given time and at speed a public Cloud is generally a good fit. It is unlikely that you will be processing big data continually or that the volume of data will remain consistent. Being able to leverage highly scalable public Cloud resources for analysis while also utilising a private Cloud to ensure long term data security remains a very attractive proposition to many.
A hybrid or multi Cloud environment also provides immediate temporary capacity as needed. You can allocate public Cloud resources for short term projects, generally much quicker and at a lower cost rather than over investing in IT equipment that you will only require on a temporary basis.
Having the option to move between Clouds and an on-premise private Cloud is a common hybrid multi Cloud scenario. Using the right infrastructure to help to optimise your users experience and reduce latency, is quickly becoming the norm. While switching between compute resources and applications is relatively easy, for many moving data remains the biggest challenge. There are two main reasons for this:
- Data has gravity – it is subject to the laws of physics and therefore there are physical limits on how much and how fast you can move that data between clouds and on-premise.
- Data management – often each platform will have its own data management tools for managing the data or you will need to ustilise intermediate tools to move the data between point A & point B. This can add a massive overhead in terms of time, IT resource skills and cost.
Both of the above challenges can be mitigated by leveraging a consistent data management fabric across all data assets regardless of location – public, private or on-premise. This provides data storage efficiencies such as the ability to compress and de-duplicate files to mitigate the issues associated with data gravity, addresses data security and access concerns and it provides a single consistent interface and method for data management regardless of its location. Your scarce IT resources do not need to learn and be proficient in multiple vendor technologies or ‘swivel chair’ between various monitors and tools. It also significantly reduces costs.
Finally, flexibility and future proofing. Nobody knows what the next month might hold, let alone the next year. COVID-19 has taught us that. A hybrid or multi Cloud approach allows you to match your actual requirements to the public, private or on-premises resources as needed. You can leverage what is right for your organisation at that point in time without being locked into a specific IT vendor. You get the best of both worlds, can ‘sweat’ existing assets, leverage your IT investments, maintain compliance through existing business processes and you do not limit your options.