Cloud computing caused a fundamental change in how businesses build IT systems. It also changed the way IT teams interface with technology and the people who use it. Traditionally, if a business unit had a need for a new resource, IT would head down a series of reactive steps to get budget, find the right solution and, hopefully, implement a few months down the line.
Common sense dictates that this way of doing things is counter-productive in a time where business demand for technology is at fever pitch.
If your IT systems and processes aren’t matching up to your demands for business-enabling technology, it might be time to free your technological investments from the confines of your server room. Here’s a quick guide to how you can introduce hybrid cloud computing to your organization.
Partner with the right technology provider
The cloud market has become very competitive and somewhat saturated, with new providers setting up shop almost daily. Look for companies with good track records in the industry and be sure to vet possible suitors thoroughly. Make sure your provider can quickly scale to your needs, understands your business’ requirements, has reliable support, and has the capacity to meet your compliance and security demands.
The hallmarks of a smooth transition involves zero disruption to business continuity, which means catering to all the moving parts involved in moving workspaces to the cloud. Your in-house IT and service provider will need to work together well to ensure everything ticks over as expected. Also, make sure you understand what your objectives are when stepping into the cloudverse and communicate expected outputs to your provider clearly. Are you looking to reduce annual IT expenses while improving overall workforce productivity? Communicate your objectives to your service provider and chart a way forward and measure results over time.
Decide what to keep in-house
Most businesses debate the issue of security in the cloud and this is often the reason why many companies still feel apprehensive about making the move. A good point to start with is to identify your company’s information assets and categorize data and applications according to their security and availability requirements. Hybrid cloud’s flexibility allows you to move only your less-sensitive, high-demand resources to a public cloud resource, while keeping your critical information assets safely on-site, behind your in-house security apparatus. This is a sensible approach for most organizations who typically have legacy system dependencies that require them to maintain in-house systems while looking to introduce cloud technology to the business.
Also, an effective hybrid cloud architecture should result in an empowered workforce; one that is able to access the resources it needs, when it needs it. With mobile cloud computing fuelling the need for more agile business operations, application and resource availability outside the four walls of your organization is becoming a key competitive differentiator.
Containerize what you can, when you can
As legacy systems age, you will eventually face the issue of what to do when the time comes to retire old investments. Containerizing your in-house servers and moving them to private cloud platforms is the perfect avenue for businesses who rely on the software assets that reside on old platforms. When taken proactively, this approach can give you a roadmap to abstracting your in-house systems strategically over time as you make a smooth and measured transition to the cloud solution that meets your exacting needs.
Don’t overcomplicate things
Since access to new business technology and features, along with better resource utilization are key drivers behind cloud adoption, you want your IT contingent to spend less time on repetitive administrative tasks and take the helms in driving the business forward with technology. One of the keys to creating an effective hybrid cloud architecture is to ensure that all management components are integrated into a single solution. A single glass pane for monitoring and managing both local and off-site resources is central to making your IT more productive, instead of reactive. Also, a more streamlined IT infrastructure that requires less management means reduced dependence on large IT contingents, which can significantly reduce your organization's overheads.
ContainerShip Cloud is a hybrid cloud management solution that lets you scale your IT from a handful of servers to thousands without any changes. We help countless businesses make the successful transition to cloud-based business solutions very year. Request a demo today to find out why so many business are switching to hybrid cloud computing.