Enterprise architecture is increasingly reliant on the hybrid cloud. For some companies, this may mean leveraging the convenience and cost effectiveness of the public cloud but regulatory demands demand inclusion of a private cloud.
Hybrid solutions can carry nuances lacking in public or private cloud system alone. Businesses need to consider several things carefully to ensure that they are creating a cloud infrastructure that meets their needs and delivers the required availability and responsiveness.
So what are three fundamental hacks for building a successful hybrid cloud system?
1. Move In Increments
One of the biggest mistakes often made by organizations is that they attempt to make too big a jump and buy too much at once. The advantage of cloud systems is that they can be increased and reduced as the needs of the organization grow. Therefore, only purchase the resources you need from each system.
Do regular audits of your cloud requirements to assess your business’ needs and whether there might be a need to change (increasing or decreasing) what your business requires.
2. More Advantages of Colocation
With your infrastructure co-located in a multi-tenant colocation facility, you may benefit if your public cloud service provider is also a tenant of that facility. We often overlook the fact that the cloud lives in a data center too. The trick is that cloud service providers are tenants of colocation facilities too. If you can create a “colocated hybrid cloud,” there tremendous benefits including network cost savings and lower latency communications and also security benefits when connecting directly to the public cloud over a cross connect in the same building as your private cloud.
3. Think Of Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery is another important issue that you must consider for your business’ hybrid cloud system. What happens when your private or public cloud fails? What operations in the business are disrupted and how can they be restored? You don’t want to be left with a system that is completely disrupted when one side is offline.
Consider looking at the interactions of your data and applications and understand how your public or private cloud systems are affected by a failure. Are there are adequate disaster recovery procedures or alternate providers to return it to normal operations?
Building a hybrid cloud system can be complex, especially with emerging regulatory compliance demands.
Do you have a hybrid cloud system? How did you design it?
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By Staff Writer