8 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Hybrid Cloud Computing Model

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
April 26, 2016

While cloud adoption rates are on the rise, determining which cloud computing deployment model best suits your organization can be extremely important.

Hybrid clouds can combine the benefits of public and private cloud models to create cloud environments that meets the individual needs of your organization. There are many benefits to a hybrid cloud computing solution, but ultimately, you’ll need to consider the factors that might be inherently unique to your needs.

A recent SolarWinds IT Trends Report on the hybrid cloud underscores some of these factors:

  • 62% say security is the biggest challenge of managing current hybrid IT environments
  • Only 27% are certain their IT organizations currently have adequate resources to manage a hybrid IT environment
  • The top 5 skills cited to better manage hybrid IT environments were:
    • Hybrid IT monitoring/management tools and metrics
    • Application migration
    • Distributed architectures
    • Service-oriented architectures
    • Automation and vendor management
  • 56% feel they have the level of support needed from leadership and the organization as a whole to develop/improve skills needed to better manage a hybrid environment

These factors are indeed important, and they align with our 8 factors for determining if a hybrid cloud computing model is the best for your organization. Those are:

  1. Initial Investment – The initial investments for each deployment option vary. One of our previous blogs provides a comprehensive financial comparison of private and public cloud deployments and the expected ROI to understand how this initial IT investment can pay off in the long run.
  2. Amount of Data – How much data are you planning on storing in the cloud? Remember, with a public cloud you’ll pay per GB, but with a private cloud you’ll need to purchase your resources.
  3. Longevity of Data – How long will you need to store your data? Are there industry requirements that dictate how long you need to store data?
  4. Required Performance – What do you need your IT infrastructure to do and how well does it need to be done? If you’re in need of computing resources as a core, mission-critical business function, then each option needs to be weighed accordingly.
  5. Access Patterns and Locations – How global is your business? This can determine where you locate your resources for optimal performance.
  6. Security and Confidentiality – Cloud and data security vary tremendously across your deployment options, so be sure to understand what’s at stake.
  7. Service Level Agreements – How important is ‘uptime’ to your business operations? Amazon cloud outages have affected a lot of businesses. What would outages do to yours?
  8. In-House Technical Resources – Do you have the technical resources available in-house to operate and maintain your private cloud?

With any significant IT decision, you need to choose wisely.

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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