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Hybrid Cloud Risks that Businesses Must Manage

In theory, hybrid cloud encompasses the best of both worlds - the flexibility of public cloud fused with the privacy and security of private cloud. That sounds like an amazing concept, but in practice there are still many cloud-resistant applications and services.


Should your enterprise be investing in a hybrid cloud infrastructure?

According to Gartner analyst, Lydia Leong, private cloud innovation is falling behind the pubic cloud making it difficult for private clouds to match the efficiency and capabilities of the public cloud. For most organizations who are not at a large scale and don’t have a custom-tailored use case, Leong believes private cloud just doesn’t make sense.

 

That being said, hybrid cloud initiatives are not dead. According to the RightScale 2020 State of the Cloud Report, private cloud adoption increased from 63 percent to 77 percent, driving hybrid cloud adoption to 87%.

Key areas that businesses must take particular care to address when making the transition to a hybrid cloud system include:

IT Architecture

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A hybrid cloud is highly sophisticated and consists of a woven architecture of public and private cloud. IT staff need to have an expert-level understanding of how this complex platform operates. More often than not, such a high level of expertise needs to be acquired through third-party services.

Bandwidth and Latency

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Cloud access via private network provides enhanced security, but this often also means increased latency, especially when it comes to bulk data transfers and real-time data streams.

Disaster Recovery

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Disaster Recovery (DR) is a critical issue, and not all cloud providers are created equal. The number of data centers a cloud provider uses can determine the level of DR they are capable of, and a complete failover plan is a must. In addition, if your cloud provider does not own the physical space of the data center, there could be business continuity and legal ramifications to consider.

Security

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In an on-premises data center, mobile security, network security and privacy are all under the control of the corporate IT department. When data is stored in the cloud, IT does not have the same level of control. Encryption is a requirement for transfer of data in a hybrid cloud infrastructure. Your cloud providers choice of encryption can raise security and compatibility issues that you will need to address.

Hybrid IT vs. Hybrid Cloud

The answer could lie not in a hybrid cloud model, but rather in hybrid IT. Hybrid IT is essentially a non-cloud IT infrastructure that operates in tandem with a public cloud. The thought is that gradually, the IT infrastructure would migrate to the public cloud as innovation makes the public cloud a more viable and safe platform for more workloads.

 

It may be true that some applications will never make sense to move to the cloud, and not all virtualized infrastructure is classified as cloud. A hybrid IT model allows organizations to continue to run their legacy systems built on existing architecture. This model can be less expensive than pushing towards a private cloud and rearchitecting applications to operate on a new infrastructure.

The practice of colocating enterprise data centers alongside high-speed connections to major public cloud platforms is one way in which the hybrid IT model can play out. Laurent Lachal, Ovum’s senior analyst for infrastructure solutions stated, “There’s a whole infrastructure being created and an increasing connection between the colocation providers of the world and cloud providers.”


Before deciding which way to go, Gartner’s Leong recommends that organizations first decide on what type of IT will best meet the needs of the business. For smaller companies, a hybrid IT solution may be the more budget-friendly option. Organizations can always migrate to a public, private or hybrid cloud later, based on ongoing needs.

6 Challenges Driving Cloud Adoption

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