Unraveling the Complexity of Hybrid Cloud

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If hybrid is the goal, then how do enterprises reduce complexity? The journey to hybrid cloud is not a one-and-done proposition; rather, it is an iterative process. This presents an opportunity for IT leaders to prioritize their efforts in areas where they can reap the greatest reward while minimizing risk. The following are three areas where IT leaders are focusing efforts to reduce complexity and ensure the successful adoption and optimization of hybrid cloud. M A N AG I N G AC R O S S P L AT FO R M S . Migrating workloads between clouds or delivering a single business function across multiple clouds can lead to powerful efficiencies and cost savings, but enterprises have to be adept at managing across platforms, from the hardware and software needed to operate a private cloud to the services consumed on the public cloud. Plus, each workload requires specific expertise in the associated databases, development platforms and applications. IT leaders are addressing this in two ways. The first is evaluating whether they have the skills in-house to manage this complexity or whether it makes sense to outsource to a managed service provider that can augment their teams with the specific tools, skills and experience needed to make a unified hybrid IT approach feasible. Second, IT leaders are also looking at whether each cloud provider is really supporting the enterprise's hybrid aspiration. Cloud management platforms are a key component of unifying clouds, but enterprises need to make sure their cloud provider supports interoperability through their capabilities and APIs. ' FAC TO R I N G ' I N L EG AC Y A P P L I C AT I O N S . Moving legacy applications off-premises to the cloud is rarely an out-of-the-box task, and applications might need to be refactored or rebuilt. The idiosyncrasies of each part of each stack mean that very few applications can just be 'lifted and shifted.' The process is often filled with legacy dependencies and unexpected challenges, which, if not fully considered, can lead to poor performance once deployed. According to 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise surveys, today only 30% of legacy workloads are moving to the cloud over the next three years. However, as older IT environments create more technical and financial debt over time, legacy systems will increasingly become part of the cloud equation. IT leaders are assessing which legacy apps can deliver the greatest return on investment in the near term, and are focusing on moving those workloads first, which can include bringing in outside expertise to help refactor and optimize the applications. Early successes can bring confidence and stakeholder buy-in for larger legacy migration projects down the road. C H O O S I N G T H E R I G H T C LO U D. Developing a successful hybrid strategy involves choosing the preferred cloud for each workload from the outset. For instance, workloads that have high security or compliance needs, or that have legacy requirements, may need to stay on-premises, while scalable front-end web applications may benefit from being hosted in the public cloud, closer to customers. IT teams that invest time up front to fully assess their entire IT estate prior to migration can reduce complexity and risk later. This process involves identifying all the IT assets and requirements for each application, database and system. This includes dependency mapping, utilization requirements and identified risks. Many enterprises don't know where all their assets are located. By gaining a comprehensive view, IT leaders can begin to develop a phased and prioritized roadmap for migration that can ease the burden on staff and improve the business outcome. A modern IT organization that can respond to changing business demands increasingly requires the flexibility, scale and cost benefits of the cloud. Most enterprises aspire to hybrid IT, but are challenged by the tools, technologies and skills required to get there. Ultimately, unraveling the complexity of hybrid cloud comes down to planning and investing up front in the right expertise, in the right areas, that can bring early success rather than rushing to the cloud. Organizations that don't have the in-house skills or that are looking for strategic counsel may benefit from enlisting third parties to help guide the process, including managed service providers, consultants and systems integrators, which can bring valuable support and work in tandem with internal teams to ensure success. Navisite is a modern managed cloud service provider that accelerates IT transformation for thousands of growing and established global brands. Through our deep technical knowledge and strategic relationships with the world's leading cloud providers, proven delivery methodologies, platform-agnostic approach and highly specialized experts, we provide the capabilities and practical guidance customers need to successfully embrace IT change and move their businesses forward. Let us partner with you to navigate the now – learn more at navisite.com. Looking Ahead

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