Creating a cloud strategy is paramount given today’s IT landscape. We’ve blogged about the proliferation of the cloud and how Shadow IT is creating gaps between what cloud users need and what IT delivers as a service and shared some thoughts and considerations for creating cloud policies. Recently, NetApp shared a blog post – How to Define Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy with These Six Goals – that outlined some questions that need to be addressed prior to creating a cloud strategy:
- How do I gain the speed and agility of the public cloud and at same time not compromise on governance?
- What cloud do I use for what workload?
- How do I manage my intellectual property (IP), data, and compliance programs, etc., when my data is spread across multiple clouds?
- How do I ensure I don’t get locked into one particular cloud or vendor as IT services change?
- How do I deliver a consistent user experience while orchestrating services across various clouds?
- How do I operationalize the clouds like we do for our corporate data centers?
These questions are critical, but there are other questions that we think also need to be asked, including:
- Which devices will be allowed in your organization for work (or non-work)?
- What company data can be accessed and by whom?
- What apps will be allowed?
- Will password logins be required?
- What will your IT support cover and what will it not?
- Do you know your legal implications of a data breach?
- Are you thinking far enough into the future?
- Have you established data use policies?
- Have you factored in time and bandwidth requirements?
- Have you looked internally for better efficiencies
NetApp has a hybrid cloud architecture – multilayered – that goes a long way in helping IT manage that common hybrid IT challenge. With a self-service portal, the cloud management platform helps bridge the gaps between enterprise cloud providers, hyperscale providers, FlexPod, and Data Fabric, which is NetApp’s data management architecture.
Addressing the questions above, we find that NetApp’s hybrid cloud solution can help organizations battling cloud proliferation, while accomplishing these important IT goals:
- Achieve Cloud Speed and Governance
- Streamline Workload Mapping
- Manage Data Across Clouds
- Avoid Vendor Lock-In
- Deliver Consistent User Experience
- Operationalize After Deployment
These goals need to be part of any hybrid cloud computing strategy, and the NetApp architecture offering—combined with the speed, agility, and governance the speed, agility, and governance of FlexPod—delivers. Be sure to check out NetApp’s blog for details around their hybrid cloud offering and the goals they’ve laid out for successful deployment.