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Building a Successful Hybrid Cloud

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Judith Hurwitz writes for IBM’s Thoughts on Cloud, “Increasingly, organizations are looking to cloud services to respond to the need for speed, flexibility and containing costs. As cloud becomes more strategic to the business, the hybrid cloud is becoming the optimal method for delivering services in a predictable and secure manner. Hybrid cloud environments allow businesses to quickly react to market changes and deliver a new generation of applications to customers. When implemented correctly, the hybrid cloud can become a business game changer.” In a recent article she walks through three “imperatives” for a successful hybrid cloud:

  • Data integration – most companies have data existing across their organization and often in silos. Proper work must be completed to ensure data is integrated up front, so it can flow and combine as needed in a cloud-based environment
  • Workload management – hybrid cloud allows companies to gain flexibility when it comes to where their workloads run. This can bring improvement to operational efficiencies and effectiveness. Before this can happen work needs to be completed to determine how workload management will take place as well as identification of restrictions. Ms. Hurwitz gives the example of privacy laws which may be a restriction on certain workloads from operating on the public cloud
  • Data and application portability – again this piece has to do with taking advantage of the efficiencies gained from having the option to run in the cloud or via an on-premise system. If your data and applications are not built for portability your organization will not be able to toggle between the new environments when needed

In closing, Ms. Hurwitz underscores, “Hybrid cloud will continue to grow as organizations strive to increase their speed and agility to react to changing business circumstances. New, data intensive applications, often delivered to mobile devices is also driving the adoption of hybrid cloud deployments. Having the right infrastructure to support business and IT requirements for performance, capacity, security and management is foundational for a successful hybrid cloud model.”