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Considerations When Developing a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Posted On: February 09, 2016

Topic: Cloud & Hosting Solutions

Madison_reliacloud_small.jpgA recent study from Forrester Research shows that 58 percent of the responding companies already have some type of hybrid cloud deployment. The study highlights the fact that the majority of companies now view a hybrid cloud – some combination of public and private cloud usage – to be optimum for an effective IT strategy. In another study from IDC Research, the most commonly cited reason for a hybrid cloud strategy was the need for business agility. In fact, 73 percent of the IDC study respondents cite agility as the primary reason for moving to the cloud.

While most private cloud production workloads center on large scale data volumes and infrastructure needs, workload awareness and management is often ignored in the hybrid strategy, but is on one of the biggest factors affecting its success.

Workload Awareness and Tiers

Managing and balancing workloads is crucial to an effective hybrid cloud strategy. The decision to deploy solutions on public or private clouds should be directly linked to the business requirement and the SLA. As an organizing principle, many companies segment their workloads into tiers, with Tier One workloads most likely to be in the private cloud for performance and control. Tier One workloads are usually those that require large scale data volumes or heavy infrastructure needs. Examples might include content serving and management, database management, big data and analytics, or virtual desktop management.

When segmenting workloads for your organization, factor the following characteristics into your decision. The more of these factors inherent in a workload, the more likely it should be a Tier One workload with closely managed performance.

  • Need to keep information confidential
  • Regulatory or security requirements
  • Need for reliable consistent performance
  • Revenue generation
  • Audit or change control requirements
  • Data volume and scale

Workload Priorities

Many companies find that their Tier One applications cluster in specific business areas, especially commerce, mobility and collaboration. Commerce solutions deserve a high priority because even slight differences in performance can adversely affect a customer and negatively impact revenue.

Users have little or no patience for delays in mobile solutions and many experts recommend a maximum of one to two seconds response time for mobile apps to keep users engaged. Go beyond two seconds and users will likely move on to another site, making it critical that mobile apps be served quickly.

For collaboration to feel natural and interactive, these tools also require rapid response times. User frustration kicks in beyond two seconds, and by ten seconds, you will have lost their attention.

By prioritizing and balancing workloads, you can optimize performance of critical applications while managing the cost of deployments, including storage and other infrastructure components.

Optimized Cloud Characteristics

When seeking to develop a hybrid cloud strategy, companies with highly optimized hybrid strategies are aware of workloads and use consistent SLAs regardless of private or public cloud deployment. While the top performing companies with successful hybrid cloud strategies manage their workloads as a matter of course, smaller companies may not have either the skills or the resources to manage workloads in house. Companies that understand the benefits of an optimized hybrid strategy may want to engage with a partner for hybrid cloud help.

OneNeck provides hybrid cloud solutions for its customers. We will help architect, deploy and manage your hybrid cloud solution for added scale, flexibility and security within in your business.

Contact OneNeck today for a free hybrid cloud assessment. We will evaluate your cloud needs and provide recommendations for an optimized hybrid cloud strategy.