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Navigating Cloud Challenges with Ground-to-Cloud Strategies

By Swapnil Mishra - June 15, 2023 5 Mins Read

Navigating Cloud Challenges with Ground-to-Cloud Strategies

Building computing environments today can be like organizing a difficult camping trip. Fortunately, flexible tools like ground-to-cloud solutions are available to IT executives.

Architecting for modern computing environments because both involve risk and adventure. As businesses pursue digital transformations, computing environments are becoming increasingly more complex.

Asset accumulation from mergers and acquisitions, drive the rise in public and private clouds. in addition, applications that are built to meet sudden need for scalability, have to move on to the cloud.  So, now Developers can run their software workloads in a variety of places.

IT departments are moving their applications in many different directions for various reasons. IT decision-makers debate moving workloads from public clouds to other locations. The top justifications for moving workloads include security, strategy, scalability and cost.

Unfortunately, a multi-cloud environment requires IT to work with various tools, security, and networking protocols. Managing these silos across different operating models is challenging but essential. Multiple options are great, but it can be overwhelming for IT departments managing so many platforms. To meet RoI objectives and other crucial metrics, a combination of a strong foundation and appropriate tools is needed.

Organizations can manage these multi-cloud environments consistently by fostering a multi-cloud-by-design approach. Theoretically, this will facilitate digital transformation and prevent the team and organization from getting lost.

However, IT leaders find it difficult to reconcile disparate cloud operating environments with inadequate resources. In this situation, returning the cloud to the ground may be beneficial.

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The tangle of clouds

According to Deloitte Insights, about 85% of businesses now use two or more cloud platforms. The report also says 25% companies use five platforms. Even though multi-cloud environments provide many options they are still complex.

Because these systems are so rich in tools application and workloads development is more difficult. The teams managing the diverse IT environments struggle to provide  resources to develop innovative applications . Another issue sis that multi-cloud workloads use different tools, standards, and geographical operations, and cater to specific vendor locations.

For instance, moving containerized applications and Kubernetes orchestration software is too difficult or risky. Alternatively, companies may move analytics, AI, or ML workloads from a public cloud to an on-premises environment. The reason for this move could be better performance and lower latency. Due to compliance, cybersecurity, and governance regulations, some apps better protect the business inside the data center’s four walls.

The inability to bridge these silos can hinder digital transformation goals, even if there is enough staff. Change management across people, processes, and technology consistently ranks among the top challenges.

Establishing a firm foothold with cloud-to-ground

Running software designed for on-premises environments in public clouds is one way to help maximize simplicity, agility, and control. What benefit does this strategy offer? Managing multiple clouds is very difficult from a technical and operational standpoint, because each cloud has it native tooling.

CIOs can streamline operations by utilizing the block and file storage software used on-premises in public clouds. This will allow developers to run apps created for on-premises environments, in public clouds as well.

For instance, migrating traditional applications to the public cloud can be challenging. Businesses can access scalability and flexibility by integrating on-premises infrastructure with the public cloud without refactoring or migrating those apps.

Additionally, businesses can migrate bigger databases that support crucial applications to the public cloud. They can then scale per business demand.

Developers can use existing IT infrastructure investments, reaching performance required to run their workloads. the ground-to-cloud option can provide better access to the features, functionality, and performance. It can also help to increase operational consistency.

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The benefit of bringing the cloud to ground

In on-premises, colo, or edge environments, developers can access public cloud environments using this method. It will help to combine the simplicity with technological features, and offer agility. Software developers will then find it easier to develop applications.

It would also free companies from technological constraints to run workloads per business needs. Cloud-to-ground technology, a developing capability, can help solve these problems. For example, cloud-to-ground solutions allow businesses to run Kubernetes clusters and cloud stacks on-premises. Developers can get quick access to their preferred cloud services, enabling them to write code once to run the app anywhere.

Such solutions combine the ‘s agility and developer freedom of choice of the public cloud, with the security and control of on-premises systems. This strategy makes it easier for developers to concentrate development rather than worrying about the infrastructure. They can access their preferred cloud services through any of these solutions. at the same time, they get the higher performance, security, and control of an on-premises solution.

These cloud computing platforms strengthen the case for a multi-cloud-by-design strategy. This strategy enhances public cloud operations and carries the agility of the cloud-based model. It also allows more control over data and applications. Businesses can then concentrate on accelerating innovation and achieving results that align with their objectives for digital transformation.

Delivering business technology quickly and effectively should be the primary goal of IT management rather than solving paradoxes.

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Swapnil Mishra

Swapnil Mishra is a global news correspondent at OnDot Media, with over six years of experience in the field. Swapnil has established herself as a trusted voice in the industry, specializing in technology journalism encompassing enterprise tech. Having collaborated with various media outlets, she has honed her skills in writing about executive leadership, business strategy, industry insights, business technology, supply chain management, blockchain and data management. As a journalism graduate, Swapnil possesses a keen eye for editorial detail and a mastery of language, enabling her to deliver compelling and informative news stories. She has a keen eye for detail and a knack for breaking down complex technical concepts into easy-to-understand language.

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