9 Tactical Considerations For Moving To A Hybrid Cloud | part 2

A hybrid cloud model is integration in its broadest sense, across multiple vendors, and it will impact your infrastructure, development platforms, applications and databases.  You’ll need a well-designed technical strategy to support your goals and overcome the challenges of moving to a hybrid cloud environment, along with a budget to support both.

In our last blog post we discussed the first 4 tactical considerations for moving to a hybrid cloud solution.  With this post we will discuss the additional 5 considerations you should take into account.

5. Develop a functional network design

Your network needs to account for various factors such as network bandwidth, management between public and private clouds, the impact of location on your network, the network requirements for each individual application, the security requirements of different types of data and numerous other factors.
 
Different sets of applications need to operate in different parts of your cloud environment. Understanding the scalability requirements of each application will influence your network and infrastructure design, as will public cloud limitations.
 
Another consideration is the speed and bandwidth of your network. To avoid the bottlenecks that slow data transfer between public and private clouds, consider private networking options, like a virtual private network or direct connection service from a public cloud provider.
 
Finally,choose the right hardware to minimize costs. The best option for your company will depend on your existing infrastructure. Most organizations have been working on virtualizing their data centers for many years and have already spent a lot of money on legacy hardware, so you’ll want to leverage that fixed investment when building out your hybrid cloud and choose components that remove complexity and simplify the overall experience.

6. Segment workloads to prioritize performance and control

In a true hybrid cloud environment, a workload can run easily and seamlessly anywhere, but it’s best to consider or evaluate the “locations” or “clouds” according to security/risk, SLAs and cost efficiencies.
 
The decision to deploy workloads should be directly linked to the business requirements and the SLA. Example workloads might include content serving and management, database management, big data and analytics or virtual desktop management. Each of these must be evaluated and placed using the criteria specific to the business needs. Bottom line, the workloads can land on the private or public cloud that best meets the business and technical requirements.
 
Managing and balancing workloads is crucial to maximizing performance in a hybrid cloud environment.  Many companies segment their workloads into tiers, with tier one workloads most likely to be in the private cloud or data center for performance and control. Tier one workloads usually require large scale data volumes or heavy infrastructure needs. When segmenting workloads for your organization, factor the following characteristics into your decision. The more that these factors relate to the workload, the more likely it should be classified as tier one with closely managed performance.
  • Need to keep information confidential
  • Regulatory or security requirements
  • Need for reliable consistent performance
  • Revenue generation
  • Audit or change control requirements
  • Data volume and scale

 7. Maximize your resources

Moving applications and data to the cloud can free up internal IT resources. By offloading some of IT’s responsibilities to the cloud — including fixing crashed systems, helping users who bring their own devices to work and dealing with an expanding security perimeter — businesses can focus their limited IT resources on higher priorities and rely on the cloud to manage lower priority requests.

8. Consider the transition details and have a back – up and recovery strategy

Transition plans for systems/applications left in traditional data centers are worthwhile. Identity the tipping point for when it makes sense to move certain applications to a cloud model.Time is also a critical factor in that the most efficient cloud implementations happen in planned stages, not unexpected starts and stops. Be sure to plan for a backup and disaster recovery strategy that will work across your environments. It’s important to be prepared and to have a process in place that is clear, known and simple to follow. In the unfortunate event of a disaster, it’s much better to be prepared so that you can get up and running as quickly as possible, minimizing disruption to your business.
 

9. Assess your resources with a Resource Assessment

How big is the gap between the size and capabilities of your on site staff and the needs of your business? You may have to make a significant investment in training employees and keeping them up to speed on the ever changing public cloud landscape. Public cloud providers and managed service providers can leverage their resources for economies of scale technical competency and the latest IT skills.

 Have you considered a managed service provider?

If you’re considering a hybrid cloud, it might be time to rely on the experts at Xigent Solutions. Contact us today to find out how our experienced team at Xigent Solutions can help you effectively migrate your business to a hybrid cloud environment.

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