In 2022, one of the greatest assets any organization can have is the ability to adapt and change direction quickly. Technology has never evolved faster and this means business needs change constantly. In this environment, many are looking to hybrid cloud hosting strategies that offer the scalability benefits of public cloud solutions while simultaneously keeping the customization and control inherent in private cloud. As a result, the uptake of hybrid cloud solutions has never been higher. In fact, Cisco’s 2022 Global Hybrid Cloud Trends report stated that 82% of IT leaders claim to have adopted hybrid cloud.
But, as popular as they are, hybrid cloud services can also be incredibly complex and there are many logistical factors that organizations need to consider before they can truly reap the benefits of hybrid cloud. Here are the top three:
Hybrid cloud infrastructure
Behind every “cloud” is the critical IT infrastructure that allows it to function – essentially the foundation. And, as everyone knows, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value without a solid foundation. Therefore, the first step for any organization looking to go hybrid is to consider where they will host critical infrastructure.
This decision impacts an organization’s control over the design, implementation, and administration of its IT estate. If outsourced, they must ensure their chosen provider shares the same views on performance and reliability standards.
Hybrid cloud security challenges
Among IT professionals, more than a third (37%) consider security as a primary challenge in the deployment of multiple clouds. And there is logic behind this. While there are many advantages of hybrid cloud, integrating both the public and private cloud increases the complexity of your solution and this, coupled with its “always-on” nature, leads to an increased number of attack vectors.
Companies need a robust security strategy to combat these vulnerabilities. Organizations should first accurately assess security needs and gaps before implementing and then utilize detailed security notifications, reporting, and dashboards after adoption. This way, they can ensure the best hybrid cloud security possible.
Hybrid cloud monitoring and costs
As mentioned, the sprawl of resources associated with hybrid cloud services leads to increased intricacies, and this remains true when it comes to understanding the associated costs.
To avoid a poorly calculated public cloud resource usage, it’s important to track and monitor cloud resources from the very beginning. Also, companies should get an objective TCO calculation from any prospective service provider and maintain usage on a needs-basis – using real-time analytics.
Making the most of hybrid cloud hosting
A hybrid approach is one of the best solutions available on the market for many organizations operating in 2022. However, this decision should not be taken lightly. To fully appreciate the productivity and cost-saving benefits that hybrid can offer, businesses should be sure to fully understand their requirements and work with a trusted data center provider to ensure their data is safe, secure, and accessible.
Leaseweb works closely with companies to ensure all of the details are considered and prepared for. See our hybrid cloud solutions.