CIOs must address a range of challenges to meet increasingly demanding business and operational objectives today, as businesses strive to remain competitive.
IT leaders are looking to new service delivery models like hybrid cloud to to keep up with changes in technology and rapid innovation.
A hybrid cloud leverages both public and private cloud models to provide an enterprise with an efficient, customized solution to meet its particular business needs. Hybrid cloud requires significant integration and coordination among the organization’s internal and external environments to properly address data, process, management and security requirements.
There are opportunities in moving to a hybrid cloud model to create better operational efficiencies, speedier application deployment and increased flexibility to respond to changing business requirements.
However, when it comes to moving to a cloud model, there are some risks and challenges that need to be taken into account, aside from the well-known concerns about security. Planning to overcome these issues should be an essential part of a cloud migration strategy.
Complexity: With the explosion of web services, mobile devices and new technologies, managing the complexity of an expanding data center environment across a hybrid cloud is a significant challenge. Choosing the right service offerings at the right service levels on different data management frameworks across a blend of cloud resources can be daunting.
IT agility: IT service delivery is about meeting the needs of the business. As those needs change, IT must adapt and respond quickly. For years, IT organizations have been working towards developing agility within the data center. Now, as the public cloud is folded into company IT strategies, the capability to move applications, workloads and data among cloud resources requires connections between those resources – a cloud data fabric – to extend this agility to a hybrid cloud.
Data control: Businesses building their own data centers and private clouds can retain control of their data. Extending that environment to the public cloud necessitates giving up some control of infrastructure and applications, but the responsibility to control business data must remain firmly with the organization. A hybrid cloud strategy must support the business and provide the right levels of data performance, cost, security, access, protection and governance.
Skills: If a skills gap exists in an organization, that shouldn’t be seen as an obstacle to moving to a hybrid cloud model. Selecting the right consulting services partner to help design, deploy and manage the cloud environment can help address such a gap whilst still gaining the business benefits of a hybrid cloud.
Vendor lock-in: Although choosing a cloud service provider to complement a set of IT services is a means to deliver a flexible, dynamic environment, it doesn’t necessarily mean ongoing flexibility among different cloud providers. For many organizations, cloud provider lock-in can be a significant hurdle to adopting a public cloud strategy, but the right set of management tools can help address this hurdle.