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How to approach Hybrid Cloud implementation - Part two

In the final post of our two-part series we give you the tools to start preparing for a hybrid cloud implementation before charging ahead. Read part one here.

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As most things in life, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ for hybrid cloud. Every business is unique, regardless of industry similarities.

Deciding whether to choose public, private or hybrid cloud can depend on a number of factors, as discussed in part one.

While hybrid cloud typically appeals to businesses that are governed by tight regulatory requirements, there are other reasons to select hybrid.

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Here are four business scenarios that would be ideal for a hybrid cloud solution:

  • Medium-to-large-sized businesses that have large campuses, or have many geographically distributed locations.

  • Organisations that have limited IT resources and coverage and are looking for unified management of resources and users.

  • Companies that already have on-premises equipment, which they need to protect while increasing resiliency and efficiencies of scale.

  • An organisation that is looking to transition to public cloud, and can build from a traditional on‐premises system to a robust cloud‐based solution with scalability.

Defining your roadmap to hybrid cloud

You’ve assessed your needs and decided you need a hybrid cloud approach. To overcome the challenges of hybrid cloud implementation, it’s advised to design a well-defined roadmap.

Ideally, you should also identify strategic partnerships with experts who have the right operational experience and technological competency to help you navigate the obstacles.

The first area to carefully evaluate is your data requirements. What kind of data do you have?

Is it subject to explicit regulations or is there some data that you simply feel more secure keeping in-house. Also consider data that needs instant availability to your business users. This could include multimedia files that need frequent editing, which requires minimal latency regardless of network bandwidth.

The second consideration is to establish what infrastructure and applications stay on-premises and what moves to the cloud. Evaluate the needs by department or function to build the architecture that leverages on-premises and cloud options. A tip: keep unique functions in-house and send commodity functions to the cloud.

Thirdly, you need to evaluate your risk. Calculate the cost of downtime for your business – you may need to engage the risk and business continuity folks for this exercise. If you can’t afford to lose network connection you will need to build a backup plan that ensures high availability of critical infrastructure in the event of a failure.

Finally, evaluate your vendor options. When looking for a strategic hybrid cloud partner, consider their future as well as yours. Ask whether you can move between on-premises, cloud and hybrid deployment models. Also find out about their data centres, failover plans, service level agreements (SLAs) and the total value of their offering.

How can BigAir help you?

The right service provider really matters. A trusted cloud service provider should offer guidance to help you identify your risks critical applications and help understand where the pain points might be with data sharing. Additionally, your cloud provider should help you determine security standards and best practices to protect data and reduce organisational risk.

BigAir is able to help – we are a managed cloud services provider that delivers the facilities, hardware, software and expertise you need to manage applications and data within a hybrid cloud model. Our aim is to help our clients improve their infrastructure while reducing the expense of improving technology.

By choosing a hybrid cloud solution through BigAir you can turn your IT team into an asset to your business.

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Topics: Cloud As A Service, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Migration

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