Hybrid Cloud and the Basic Standards CIOs Should Embrace

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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“Hybrid environment has been the reality of the work we have done with enterprise customers over the last nine years,” Ariel Kelman, Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, AWS, a unit of Amazon.com

An Overview

‘Hybrid Cloud’ has always been at the heart of IT technology which leverages cloud computing environment to provide more flexibility for enterprise data deployment. CIOs are in race for new robust architecture solutions which includes public cloud services with private data centers and shared tech resources. “As we see the cloud become mainstream among large companies, we find hybrid is the key driver”, says Vineet Jain, Co-founder and CEO, Egnyte, Inc.

According to MarketsandMarkets research firm, the market for hybrid cloud is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 27 percent and is predicted to reach $85Bn by 2019. If you are looking to ‘virtualize’ hardware that could replace versatile and pricey software, ‘Hybrid Cloud’ could be the solution. Hybrid infrastructure brings about best-of-breed solution which promises security and privacy for data and enhances on-premise application based infrastructure. “Think of the hybrid container as a mixing pot for information coming from the public world with information that you might pull out of your CRM (customer relationship management) system or ERP (enterprise resource planning system). There is just stuff that is proprietary that you really don’t want to put out on the Internet,” says Michael D. Rhodin, Senior Vice President, International Business Machine Corp.

Who Uses ‘Hybrid Cloud’?

As the market for Hybrid Cloud is expected to grow, the utilization of cloud is picking up energy with time. Various industries are implementing hybrid cloud as a part of their business strategy to improve business.

‘Small or Medium Enterprises (SMEs)’ harness hybrid cloud in view to administer their IT infrastructure on external platforms. They use combined features of both, public and private clouds, to implement IT strategy and cloud capabilities in their processes.

At the same time, ‘Medium or Large Enterprises’ pick hybrid cloud architecture to revise their primitive infrastructure. As a result, you as an enterprise can interconnect with your own services and include provisions to connect external public and private clouds.

Why CIOs Opt For ‘Hybrid Cloud’?

Hybrid cloud brings out the best of both worlds of public and private cloud by bridging gaps between the both. With an integrated, automated, scalable and secure platform, hybrid cloud enables business by endowing access to myriad applications and services through public cloud and licensing reliable performance and security using private cloud. It can also bring out better value to your product through faster innovation and business operations by bringing hybrid environment into reality. In business, the technological innovation which helps to land the product a quarter earlier than the expected period has greater value. Consequently, CIOs need to bring out a holistic approach into the business instead of going out for assorted hybrid cloud services.

In an online survey conducted by Avanade on chief executives, business leaders, and leading IT-players, revealed that 16 percent recognized the full-fledged benefits of hybrid cloud. Seventy-three percent of participants concurred that hybrid cloud can bring out an edge over competitors for their competitors. Yet, 74 percent of respondents agreed that the hybrid environment would enable to focus on core business functionalities.

According to Kim Stevenson, CIO, Intel, CIOs need to isolate organization's core workloads which incorporates ERP, CRM, supply chain, messaging, service management, and HR. She additionally proposes that the workloads should be relocated to cloud on the grounds of advancement which can yield speedier creation than simply adhering to the center functionalities.

But segregating the workload, which places companies at one of a kind spots, is not an easy chore. The workload generates income and they ought to be well inter-associated with each other to receive and compute the data from inside and additionally outside. In such instances, the components of cloud such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) can be handy to create a hybrid infrastructure.  “Real solutions require a more sophisticated architecture that supports business needs and allows for an application to be run in many different places,” says, Ed Anderson, Vice President, Cloud Service Research, Gartner.  

Technological Benefits of Hybrid Cloud

• Maximize Asset Utilization: This aspect of hybrid cloud can be achieved by enabling external services with the help of internal asset. As a result, hybrid cloud leverages the scalability aspect of the cloud.  

• Security and Isolation: With hybrid cloud, enterprises can have the flexibility of migrating to private cloud ensuring data security and striking a perfect balance of cost and scaling requirements.

• Resiliency: The hybrid cloud can bring out participation of third party enterprises, which can increase resiliency. Additionally, the other advantage the hybrid cloud includes is that of ensuring disaster recovery solutions.

Business Benefits of Hybrid Cloud CIOs Need to Understand

One of the most obvious advantages of Hybrid Cloud is its cost efficiency that it provides to enterprises. The Hybrid Cloud uses private as well as public cloud which enables certain level of encryption of data. As a result, it doesn’t expose the key information or mission critical applications to other unauthorized parties. The hybrid cloud maximizes cost-efficiency especially capital expenditure with enterprise standard competition and automation.

The hybrid cloud boosts up infrastructure by speeding up the data access through automation. As a result, enterprises can work with certain level of agility assisting you to provide rapid service. With the agility, it allows you to introduce new product, develop the product, and place the services in the market at right time, thereby pumping up the business.

The level of automation the hybrid cloud brings helps towards greater optimization of IT resources. Consequently, it can help you minimize the operational cost of the organization.

4 Norms for Hybrid Environment CIOs Must Embrace

IT services are intended to centralize the processes and ease the workload. But, it sometimes becomes difficult with Hybrid Clouds to create a centralized control. The hybrid environment accommodates multiple clouds within your premise and makes it difficult to manage them. Instead, CIOs can adhere to four basic norms to overcome the difficulty and function seamlessly in order to succeed with hybrid environment;

• Your IT infrastructure is highly ‘Controlled Chaos’
• You may need to address distributed ‘user experience’
• External system control your performance
• Visibility in processes, the only way to enhance performance

Visibility can be implemented from network layer, through the data, and ultimately to the end user within the IT-workframe. Another point of interest it conveys is permits you to screen the stream of data.

With the gradual growth potential, hybrid cloud can transform the traditional public and private cloud characteristics. The days are not far when industry-based organizations will embrace hybrid environment that promises next generation hybrid cloud solutions.  The transparency, automation, and enhanced user experience features of hybrid environment, pin together the aspects necessary for running business seamlessly.