Hybrid clouds can take advantage of the benefits of both public and private cloud models to create a cloud environment that most enterprise organizations will ultimately adopt. Beyond that, here are three other considerations for hybrid clouds:
- Data security management. A hybrid cloud allows you keep sensitive data behind your firewall and outside the public cloud. Migrating data to the public cloud is easy, but it remains safe and secure (to the extent that your private network is secure) behind your IT walls.
- Scalability of resources. With a hybrid model, you can allocate resources for short-term projects at a much lower cost than using your local IT infrastructure. This will save on possibly wasted IT investments that only need to be used for short periods of time.
- Private clouds take time and serious investment. With a hybrid cloud model, you can quickly tap into an existing public cloud computing infrastructure without changing much of your current technology. If the cloud results in benefits and savings, then you can justify the investment of a private cloud.
As cloud popularity becomes more mainstream, more vendors continue to offer resources to make a hybrid cloud model deliver on its promises. A Taneja Group report recently showcased our partner VMware when delivering cloud management solutions performance. The report states:
As IT cloud management matures into a well-defined set of enterprise capabilities, we find VMware is well-positioned with its enterprise grade platform, market-defining innovation, expertise and vision, and a capably deep and broad solution built expressly to simplify IT over an ever growing scope, scale, and level of sophistication. This did not happen in one step, rather it is the result of years of development and acquisition, yet unlike many of its other landscape competitors the VMware vRealize Suite is a coherently focused solution consisting of three integrated components addressing automation, operations and financial management. Architecturally, unlike many other vendor solutions, it doesn’t look like spaghetti thrown up on the wall – and that directly translates into lowered OPEX. VMware has executed effectively towards a common architectural and management framework centered around the IT admin who, as the data center marches towards an inevitable hybrid cloud future, is required to mature from a silo focus to virtual data center administration and cloud management.
They summarized the VMware vRealize Suite Cloud Management in a positive light when compared to other leading cloud management solutions from Microsoft, ServiceNow, HPE, IBM, and BMC as the chart below shows.