Manage complexity through orchestration and automation
By 2017, more than 65 percent of companies were using a hybrid cloud approach, according to Forrester Research, and that percentage is expected to climb. Many have found that by creating a hybrid cloud computing environment with a combination of on-premise, private, and third-party cloud services, they can tailor cloud delivery to fit varied needs within the organization.
Most companies have not had the luxury of planning and building a hybrid cloud delivery model from scratch. Rather, they started running applications on a single cloud platform and added internal or external cloud platforms to their delivery model for specific business reasons over time, creating an uncoordinated cloud patchwork. Therefore, it is no surprise that 25 percent of IT professionals in a 2017 survey by Interop ITX/InformationWeek said that operational complexity is among the biggest challenges they encounter in trying to utilize hybrid cloud delivery models. Another 29 percent cited performance.
A company seeking innovation by leveraging the hybrid cloud is held back by application architectures and systems development processes that are not yet optimized for a hybrid environment. Instead, those processes are scattered across multiple teams and enabled by different tools.
Further, with infrastructure running in different models and different venues, the lack of coordination leads to inefficiencies and could open organizations up for risk.
For example, an organization may introduce a new hybrid cloud tool set to make initial deployments easier, delivering virtual machines (VMs) faster. But, until IT revamps the underlying support processes, ongoing infrastructure maintenance is more difficult. Or, decreased hardware spend should help reduce overall capital expenditures, yet duplicate resources and cloud sprawl often increase total cost of ownership. Finally, public cloud providers offer more flexibility with increased access to prebuilt, modular services, but the user ends up with less control and less visibility into which services were purchased.
This paper addresses how to establish a near-term strategy for managing hybrid cloud delivery that allows organizations to better realize the benefits of hybrid cloud today while helping IT remain relevant through the technology and marketplace changes to come. Hybrid cloud is inevitable for most large enterprises, but struggling with its complexity does not have to be.