7 simple truths you should know about the hybrid cloud

The journey to the cloud is all about managing multiple environments, which is what 'hybrid' really means

By Gavin McShera
Nov. 28, 2016

4. Identity is essential in the hybrid cloud

Multiple vendors are a given in the hybrid cloud model. Maintaining a singular identity across all systems should be top priority. If you want to have a good user experience and be able to manage access and control, you must have a single identifier. The ability to extend your corporate identity into cloud models should be a key part of the vendor selection process.

5. Hybrid cloud is all about transition

As application lifecycles roll on, IT services come up for review or refresh. At the same time, more of your systems will be viable in cloud. The speed of innovation in the public cloud will eventually reduce performance, function, and security gaps -- so it’s not too early to start your transition plans for systems and applications left in traditional datacenters. Identify the tipping points when it will make sense to move a cloud model, even if you think they appear to be a long way off. Enterprise systems are large and complex, and they generally support important business processes. Over time, you may find that various providers will offer fully capable SaaS-based versions of the applications you’re using.

6. Managed services have a big part to play

Cloud has facilitated a big growth in managed service offerings. Solution integrators can now offer hosted and fully managed services without the massive capital expenditure. The move to a managed service will most likely result in a hybrid cloud model. You will extend your networks, data, and identity to the managed service provider. It might not match the textbook definition, but this is hybrid cloud.

7. You will live beside many versions of yourself in the cloud

Very likely you’ll find yourself using multiple services and subscriptions on the same public cloud platforms. You might have a corporate-owned environment that provides DR services and another instance that your managed services provider uses to deliver ERP. There will come a point where it makes sense for you to be master of your own destiny. Consider consolidating those subscriptions and take your destiny under control.

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