Leveraging the Dynamic Hybrid Cloud

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 15, 2016
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The evolving nature of technologies especially, the cloud computing are greatly impacting business operations. The increase in consumers of IT, various cloud services, and new user types have enhanced demands in storage technologies. In contrast to the traditional computing space, organizations are making a huge shift towards hybrid cloud to bridge the gap between low-security public cloud service and high-security private clouds. To support this observation, Markets and Markets, a consulting and market research firm estimates that the global hybrid cloud market is expected to grow from USD 33.28 Billion in 2016 to USD 91.74 Billion by 2021.

 Why Choose Hybrid Cloud Platform?

The ever changing customer expectations are driving the demand to build services that help improve customer experiences. Organizations at large are enabling a secure and scalable cloud platform to provide exponential benefits to the clients.  Choosing a hybrid cloud platform as the desirable cloud computing provides flexibility and the ability to dynamically scale outside of one’s own data center. However, while creating own hybrid cloud, the prime focus should be on IT and business goals such as:

Automation

Automation helps in building, deploying, and managing infrastructure within the data center and all the way out to the cloud. The automation layer can be approached using Infrastructure automation tools like chef and Puppet Labs as well as cloud-layer automation technologies like OpenStack and Eucalyptus.  Organizations should create stringent automation scripts and policies to control every aspect of the hybrid cloud platform. Moreover, the policies created should be followed and executed along with the hybrid cloud to increase efficiency in workloads and resources in the enterprise.

Using Both Open-source and Proprietary tools

Both Open-source and proprietary tools play a pivotal role in dynamically controlling the numerous resources which constitute the cloud environment. An open-source cloud computing platform creates, manages, and deploys diverse infrastructure cloud services. In addition, it can be eventually deployed on a variety of hypervisors. Proprietary technologies on the other hand help in aggregating and controlling resources from a single management layer. In fact, both open source and proprietary tools allows organizations to extend service delivery while effectively maintaining operations for the hybrid cloud environment.

WANOP

The WAN optimization platform should span both the logical and physical hybrid cloud as it includes data centers of various sizes. Using WANOP appliances can enhance power through certified connections while eventually providing WAN capacity. The agile and virtual devices can be further deployed within a number of network paths to leverage application delivery, traffic flow, and security processes.

Software-defined Technologies

The software defined technologies helps in abstracting physical resources at the network, storage, compute, and even data center layer. The platform tools can accelerate and optimize existing SAN, NAS, RAM and type of DAS (SSD, Flash, SAS). In addition, one can incorporate automation policies and further allow the optimization to span into the hybrid cloud architecture.

Virtual Security appliances

To enable agility and greater control of the data, organizations are incorporating virtual security appliances. For example, several virtual firewall systems allow administrators to abstract security services to manage security multi-tenancy and improve scalability.  In fact, softwares can also deploy application firewall capabilities that extend a large array of clustered appliances. These appliances work in concert around managed security and network policies.

Choosing the Right Hybrid Cloud Management Tools

With the wide landscape of vendors offering hybrid cloud management tools, choosing an ideal solution for the digital enterprise may become difficult. There are some of the capabilities that should be included and carefully evaluated for the successful hybrid cloud management. The first and foremost is the ability to manage all aspects of the hybrid infrastructure. The process denominated as Resource Management should include servers, networks, storage, and endpoints by enabling IT to control the resources. It should further accelerate deployments by using service blueprint to capture configuration. Using Configuration Management Database (CMDB) to track all the cloud components is an alternative for efficient resource management.

Secondly, along with managing resources, monitoring resource usage and its impact on system performance also plays a key role. Enabling user-friendly monitoring with dashboards helps in providing quick status review and also plan for the future growth by reclaiming underutilized resources. Monitoring should also have the ability to trigger auto-scaling of resources based on predefined service requirements to prevent service disruption. Thirdly, Automation and Provisioning is the key to success in the cloud. Automation accelerates a wide range of operational tasks to tackle the element of human error and cost involved. Developers and testers require agile, self service access to cloud resources to slash time troubleshooting configuration changes caused by manually deployed systems and applications.

Scalability is another essential factor for hybrid cloud management. According to the change and growth of hybrid cloud, the management tools should be flexible enough to incorporate new technologies. Choosing a vendor with a big picture outlook and focusing on the growing digital enterprise may help in attaining scalability in the business.

Conclusion:

Hybrid cloud technologies are evolving in a very rapid pace in the organization to break down traditional barriers between development, testing and IT operation departments. The cloud adoption is effective for the companies to ensure tighter focus and security.