Things to Consider?

A hybrid cloud allows you to integrate public and private, on-premises and off-premises clouds. This gives you the flexibility to make the most of the infrastructure you already have in place so you can optimize and to build upon it strategically. Rest assured that a hybrid isn’t entirely new, nor is it the same as starting from scratch.

However, it’s important to weigh the costs of what you’ll need to grow your infrastructure. This will help determine who’ll be responsible for certain workloads. Not all of these costs are necessarily financial. Costs to consider are up-front costs, maintenance costs, employee availability, physical space, workloads, security, throughput and performance.

What Are Your Intentions?

Following an assessment of your business requirements and current infrastructure, you’ll want to determine how your company plans to take advantage of what cloud can offer. If you want to take ownership of your own security monitoring, and you need to rapidly expand to meet customer demand, for example, you might decide on the combination of an on-premises and a public hybrid cloud.

The types of services, deployment models and capabilities you want will help inform how you build your hybrid cloud environment.

Which Advantages Are Important to You?

A successfully deployed hybrid cloud has the advantage of flexibility, scale and reliability. An on-demand public cloud solution allows you to be efficient with infrastructure costs. At the same time, you can deploy enterprise-grade applications and data in a private/on-premises or hosted cloud when performance, security, regulatory or logistical issues make it a more appropriate option.

Is a hybrid cloud affordable?

Hybrid cloud can work with your business operations overhead to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) as you create or add capacity. We can also help you fund strategic development, hardware, software and other services by:

  • Turning the up-front infrastructure costs into affordable payments. These payments can be as low as 0% loans. We also have low-rate leases available.
  • Providing ease of migration from competitors’ platforms with payment deferrals and complimentary disposal of older equipment.
  • Better aligning the cloud project costs to anticipated benefits and accelerating a project’s cash flow break-even point.
  • Providing the flexibility to add capacity and grow the cloud infrastructure with hardware leasing
  • Equipment. The lower price point of pre-owned can be an attractive option for building your hybrid cloud.

The value of a hybrid cloud is most apparent when your environments are integrated and connected. Add to that the portability of your workloads and data, and you can imagine what the possibilities might be.

Maximize the potential of your hybrid cloud by employing a structured approach along with industry best practices. Ultimately, you’ll want to take a look at the effect of cloud computing delivery or consumption models on IT governance, organization and service delivery processes. This can help to address challenges such as skills gaps, standardization issues, organizational behavior and governance as part of an overall transformation plan.

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