• January 3, 2017

Growing Pains: The Future of Cloud Infrastructure

Are you ready for a hybrid IT transformation?

If your business is like most others, it probably has a mishmash of internal servers, private cloud environments, and public cloud services—a very messy hybrid cloud infrastructure.

These may or may not work well together, but they definitely aren’t offering the best access and efficiency. And when you hear from the higher-ups that you need to move even more of your sensitive and complicated services to the cloud, it probably makes you ready to tear out your hair.

But this process doesn’t have to be a nightmare. In fact, moving more of your data and applications to a well-managed cloud can make your job much easier.

Proper Planning

You likely have data and applications that work best in a public cloud and others that need the security of a private cloud—but that may not be how they’re currently deployed.

Start by assessing your in-house and cloud systems. What’s working? What needs a different level of security or entitlement system than it currently has? Which management system is working best? What systems are on the cloud without the IT team’s knowledge or involvement? (If you don’t know about these shadow IT systems, don’t assume they don’t exist. According to Computer Business Review, 62 percent of CIOs report shadow IT operations are used in their business without the IT department’s knowledge.)

In the Mix

Because of the differing needs of staff—and the levels of security necessary for different types of information and processes—a hybrid cloud infrastructure is your best choice.

The key will be creating a centralized management infrastructure that allows the IT team to manage access and security. This will remove those cloud implementations you don’t know about and help you keep control of your company’s assets. It will also allow you to create reports that let you effectively plan for future growth and real-time management.

Outside Help

Enlist a partner to help manage the process of centralizing cloud management. (You’re not alone in needing help—RightScale found that lack of resources and expertise is the top cloud computing concern among CIOs.)

This will help you guarantee the team planning the transition is experienced with hybrid cloud migration and management—as well as ensuring your own team isn’t overloaded while they’re still trying to do their day-to-day tasks.

Hybrid cloud infrastructure is where IT management is headed, and now is the time to build the groundwork for a nimble cloud deployment that maximizes costs while minimizing support headaches.

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