With the evolution of the hybrid cloud environment, companies are coming up with novel and innovative technologies to ensure that they can stay interconnected, agile and responsive to changes in the market. Cloud technologies and use of hybrid IT for innovations have led to changes across all businesses, whether small or large. According to the Solar Winds IT Report of 2017, there are indeed some important challenges which the hybrid cloud brings forth and why it is necessary to know how to overcome these difficulties.
What are the basic problems arising out of a hybrid cloud and how can you solve these?
Complex Infrastructure: To start with, one of the most important problems which companies adopting the hybrid cloud model face is growing complexities in the infrastructure of businesses. Nearly 62% of professionals feel that their day-to-day tasks are becoming increasingly complex because of these infrastructural innovations. While changes in the cloud size and services may be promising more innovation, at the same time, it also requires more responsibilities. This growing complexity in daily operations to cope with the changes in market requires IT professionals to have the requisite expertise to handle the changes and integrate these seamlessly.
These professionals are primarily responsible for all data management and the operations of different delivery systems, application stacks etc. These keep changing so much so that the vendors, services, technologies and personnel are dynamic. Whether you own a small or large business, the problem is that a hybrid cloud hosting model will offer what is called disruptive innovation while generating revenues.
In order to solve demands for more innovation and manage the complexity arising out of it, the IT staff needs to be able to forecast future migration. At the same time, they must stay flexible. The hybrid cloud model is not the same for every business because even organization owns a unique environment. The IT staff should be able to anticipate their ROI or Return on Investment or its absence and convey this insight to the leadership teams. So, the IT professionals will need to use monitoring tools and set up migration protocols and application testing procedures and even learn data-planning models.
Lack of Visibility: Another significant problem is that of the lack of visibility or control of the cloud performance. Nearly 50% of the IT staff felt that they lacked control over the infrastructure. This control is necessary for successful completion of projects. To resolve this problem, these IT professionals have to collaborate with project managers to implement tools for achieving visibility across the infrastructure. Without comprehensive tools, it is hard for an IT expert to maintain the organization’s compliance with standards or governance needs. He cannot be expected to deliver the required QoS or Quality of Service for satisfying the service level agreement.
To attain such goals, visibility is absolutely essential. The professionals need control over the application stack, the infrastructural services which back this application stack and the networks connecting the organization to clients. This is true mainly of end-users that may be facing performance issues on their mobiles and home networks. You must have access to a tool set for troubleshooting to be able to remediate issues without delay. Some feel that visibility is needed when you have a large business only. That is not true and even if own a small business, you need central visibility across all cloud environments. When it is possible to correlate and consolidate data across all environments, professionals can solve problems faster.
kills Gap: This is the third key challenge which is found in a hybrid cloud environment and it worsens the challenges faced by the above-mentioned situations even further. Earlier, the certifications that were given by Microsoft or Cisco proved that you could jump steps to troubleshoot problems in any environment. But, with the changing size and velocity in a hybrid world, staying abreast of all possible solutions becomes almost impossible. This creates a skills gap which will invariably lead to problems.
What is therefore needed is to be able to offer solutions at any place and any time. It is your task to customize what your cloud hosting providers offer because services which appear similar across various providers may have distinct names. So, if you have a transactional ecommerce site, you can choose to use the hybrid solution to move web services to the cloud and keep client data on-site. The focus now needs to be on cultivating basic skills which can help you make a transition to the cloud.