5 obstacles holding your hybrid cloud strategy back

Overcoming these challenges is key to a successful cloud migration strategy

IT leaders must address a range of challenges to meet increasingly demanding business and operational objectives today, as businesses strive to remain competitive. New service delivery models like hybrid cloud can be beneficial to businesses looking to keep up with changes in technology and rapid innovation.

A hybrid cloud leverages both public and private cloud models to provide an enterprise with an efficient, customised solution to meet its particular business needs. Hybrid cloud requires significant integration and coordination among the organisation’s internal and external environments to properly address data, process, management and security requirements.


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There are opportunities in moving to a hybrid cloud model to create better operational efficiencies, speedier application deployment and increased flexibility to respond to changing business requirements.

However, when it comes to moving to a cloud model, there are some risks and challenges that need to be taken into account, aside from the well-known concerns about security. Planning to overcome these issues should be an essential part of a cloud migration strategy.

Complexity

With the explosion of web services, mobile devices and new technologies, managing the complexity of an expanding data centre environment across a hybrid cloud is a significant challenge. Choosing the right service offerings at the right service levels on different data management frameworks across a blend of cloud resources can be daunting.

IT agility

IT service delivery is about meeting the needs of the business. As those needs change, IT must adapt and respond quickly. For years, IT organisations have been working towards developing agility within the data centre. Now, as the public cloud is folded into company IT strategies, the capability to move applications, workloads and data among cloud resources requires connections between those resources - a cloud data fabric - to extend this agility to a hybrid cloud.

Data control

Businesses building their own data centres and private clouds can retain control of their data. Extending that environment to the public cloud necessitates giving up some control of infrastructure and applications, but the responsibility to control business data must remain firmly with the organisation. A hybrid cloud strategy must support the business and provide the right levels of data performance, cost, security, access, protection and governance.

Skills

If a skills gap exists in an organisation, that shouldn’t be seen as an obstacle to moving to a hybrid cloud model. Selecting the right consulting services partner to help design, deploy and manage the cloud environment can help address such a gap whilst still gaining the business benefits of a hybrid cloud.


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Vendor lock-in

Although choosing a cloud service provider to complement a set of IT services is a means to deliver a flexible, dynamic environment, it doesn’t necessarily mean ongoing flexibility among different Virtual Cloudsviders. For many organisations, Virtual Cloudsvider lock-in can be a significant hurdle to adopting a public cloud strategy, but the right set of management tools can help address this hurdle.

None of these issues are insurmountable for businesses looking to take advantage of the capabilities and services that hybrid cloud affords. As the technology advances, issues around complexity and agility are being smoothed out, but potential challenges must be taken into consideration when exploring various options for migrating to the cloud.

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