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Choice Of Hybrid Cloud – Key Business Drivers And Strategies

Posted on Sep, 15, 2017

Hybrid Cloud deployment is ideal for applications with high flexibility and performance. But deciding on the roadmap is difficult. As per a survey by Gartner, half of the larger enterprises will adopt hybrid cloud computing in the coming years. This is a combination of public/private cloud applications. There are some key business drivers for the hybrid cloud environment. These are:

  • Data Compliance

  • Vendor Independence

  • Interoperability

Data Compliance

The largest impediment for public cloud environments is the compliance to “Data Sovereignty”. Industry specific compliance requirements like PCI for retail and HIPAA for health care hinders the public cloud settings. The advantage of the hybrid approach lays in the fact that on-premise, legacy applications can be fully integrated with cloud, with data being stored locally and the processing resources of the public cloud are utilized due to its lower cost factor and the private cloud is used for the data sovereignty.

Vendor Independence

The cloud service vendors provide with the various competitive offers for the organizations. However, it involves an amount of risk, when the pricing for the cloud services is being kept in check. The risks can be mitigated with such options like flexible porting of applications/services/infrastructures shared between different service providers. This option is provided to the organizations with the help of hybrid cloud model.

Interoperability

Heterogeneous application environments are important for today’s organizations with the legacy systems and private and public clouds. The price and the best fit for each application or workload have to be considered for a flexible decision-making by the organizations. Another important factor is the interoperability of these workloads/applications. The seamless integration of the applications, services, and the infrastructures are made possible with the use of the hybrid cloud model, which helps in risk mitigation and simplification of the management of the process.

Some Factors Deciding the Hybrid Cloud Strategy

The different aspects under consideration, before the organization decides on choosing the hybrid cloud model are as follows:

  • Availability

  • Security And Compliance

  • Reliability And Accessibility

  • Application Portfolio

Availability

The availability of the application needs to be considered before the organization decides on the adoption of a hybrid cloud environment. The re-engineering and the redesigning of the application are not desirable, which affects the availability of the application. Lack of availability also leads to lowering of the performance levels.

Security and Compliance

For the mission critical applications, these are important hindering factors for the adoption of cloud services for the organizations. There is a need for evaluation of public cloud infrastructure for meeting the compliance requirements, with the help of security policies and control factors. The need to comply with the industry specific compliances like HIPPA for healthcare is needed.

Reliability and Accessibility

Application accessibility and reliability are maintained with the help of identification of access management, security policies as well as manual changing of network configurations.

Application Portfolio

Legacy applications are not designed for running on cloud platforms. So, utmost care must be taken before the hybrid cloud platform along with the application is chosen.

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