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Hybrid Cloud: The Backbone of Cost Effective Digital Transformation

By Megana Natarajan - October 26, 2020 4 Mins Read

Hybrid Cloud The Backbone of Cost Effective Digital

Enterprises have understood the importance of digitalization and information technology for uninterrupted productivity

CIOs acknowledge that the pandemic has bought forward the importance of risk management. They are faced with the question on what steps need to be taken by enterprises to improvise digital agility and capabilities both now and for the future.

Organizations are working to leverage the cloud platform as an operating model to help easy scaling, sharing of compute, networking, data protection, managing, and storage. The rapid adoption of digital transformation has increased the requirement for public and public cloud models.

Enterprise leaders agree that many organizations had opted for digital transformation without a clear long-term plan or vision of the end goal even before the pandemic. They warn that point-to-point solutions built the basis of process and software specific challenges are not sound investments for the best overall resolution.

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In addition, both public and private clouds have their specific challenges and positive points, while the hybrid model ensures the best of both worlds, without the risks. Hybrid cloud models are the best solution in the current scenario and are considered the best strategy for security, long-term costs, and scalability.

Hybrid cloud models are the best solution in the current scenario and are considered the best strategy regarding security, long-term costs, and scalability.

However, there is always the risk of failure of cloud adoptions that do not sync with the business objectives or are not thought through as a productive strategy should.  Rapid solutions are indeed essential, but leaders need to make sure that the solutions are encouraging and useful for the complete IT infrastructure, being useful for a period of time to reap long term benefits.

Flexible hybrid cloud

Knowing the upside and downside of both public and private clouds has certainly influenced CIOs to adopt a moderate strategy over either- a safe mix of best of both worlds. It can be expensive trying to manage various requirements across the privacy and data security. A well-defined hybrid cloud process would ensure visibility to mitigate issues that arise in a complex cloud platform.

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The main element of this requirement is consistency. Cloud Management Consistency helps to drastically reduce the incidents related to public cloud-resident data, application outages, and security breaches.

When more CIOs adopt this approach, organizations embrace the hybrid cloud solution as a feasible blend of private and public clouds and the data center. Openness and flexibility are the two main advantages of the hybrid cloud.

It allows easy management of workloads, services, and data applications and simple transfer across public and private clouds via the same consistent operating and infrastructure environment.

CIOs believe that for creating a hybrid cloud strategy, they need to start with the organizational applications. The organization needs first to reevaluate the application portfolio and analyze which applications can be portable to the cloud. Simultaneously they also need to consider the pros and cons of shifting to the cloud.

The most prominent organizations have thousands of applications in the environment that are not cloud-compatible without changes. Hurdles to the shift includes potential security, data location requirements, obsolete tech used for the application or application performance needs.

Develop the change plan

Once enterprise have evaluated and assessed the applications, they need to build the plan. The shift to the cloud cannot be a big bang approach – they need to go through a phased method.

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It can be done by shifting one application environment or a single application at a time. The design phase is critical during the phased method and CIOs will be required to forecast the enterprise’s result before starting the design phase.

They need to consider the possibility of risk control and development continuity. Building the plan relevant to workloads is vital to take advantage of the mobility, scale, and management across different clouds and ensuring privacy and security at the same time.


Megana Natarajan

Megana Natarajan is a Global News Correspondent with OnDOt Media. She has experience in content creation and has previously created content for agriculture, travel, fashion, energy and markets. She has 3.9 years’ experience as a SAP consultant and is an Engineering graduate.

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