Digital transformation is driving new markets and forcing IT to be more responsive than ever before. Hybrid cloud integration allows you to leverage your existing on-premise environment and gives your IT team the flexibility, scalability and security the market demands.
For most organizations with on-premise endpoints, operating in a hybrid cloud architecture is a necessary part of hybrid cloud adoption. Hybrid cloud integration of on-premise endpoints and resources with cloud architecture provide flexibility and easier integration – both tactically and strategically. A tactical approach enables the data to integrate multiple cloud services with multiple IT systems. A strategic approach enables cloud services to more dynamically integrate with IT systems for self-service in nature, and APIs and micro services enable significant enhancements in both scenarios. A hybrid cloud model also helps with large data migrations, new strategies for moving on-prem data to public/private or SaaS-based applications, and addressing large data movement.
With any cloud strategy, there are various ways to implement based on the organization’s size, IT maturity and level of cloud adoption. The following seven steps are universal in helping you determine your level of readiness:
- Determine a cloud deployment model for applications and data: Defining the right application and data deployment model is a critical first step in the journey to using hybrid cloud.
- Integrate with existing enterprise systems: As enterprises consider their hybrid cloud computing strategy, they are inevitably challenged to blend existing in-house IT investment with their newly adopted cloud services. As new cloud services are deployed, the need to connect with various on-premises applications and systems becomes critical.
- Address connectivity requirements: Hybrid cloud connectivity entails more than simply communicating between diffuse components running in different environments. It’s also critically important that connectivity meets the requested service levels, adheres to security policies, and enables the overall IT management strategy.
- Develop governance policies and service agreements: The cloud services combined to create a hybrid cloud computing environment require an overall governance framework that is maintained by the customer, and takes into account the various cloud service agreements established with service providers.
- Assess and resolve security and privacy challenges: Additional challenges for cloud customers in handling security and privacy for hybrid cloud deployment involve the interfaces between different environments; the movement of applications and data between environments; and the organized control of assets across these environments. Security needs to be applied consistently across the whole system.
- Manage the cloud environment: Service management in hybrid cloud environments may be challenging. Cloud providers may not provide their own management processes and tools, or public cloud services may not be manageable from the traditional service management tools running in an on-premises environment.
- Consider a backup, archive and data recovery plan: A hybrid cloud computing environment requires careful planning of backup, data archive and disaster recovery mechanisms.
Sirius’ Integration Solutions focus on innovation and help clients flexibly connect cloud and off-premise, legacy and new applications. For more information about Sirius’ hybrid cloud integration solutions, contact Brad Brozek at Brad.Brozek@siriuscom.com, or visit siriuscom.com/agility.