Before You Build
Before You Build Your Hybrid Cloud Architecture, Plan Your Strategy
For IT leaders who are managing a growing number of data environments, there comes a moment of realization that it’s time for your organization to start formalizing its hybrid cloud strategy.
Maybe you leave a board meeting wondering why your business is still managing software licenses and running your own data centers. Maybe you’ve already migrated some or all of your infrastructure to the public cloud, but the strategy that was supposed to save you money is now one of the most expensive line items in your IT budget. Or maybe your IT strategy had served your business well, but a recent merger, acquisition, or new division means that you need to reconsider your strategy so you can meet your SLAs.
You might know that formalizing a hybrid cloud strategy could be the solution, but it can be difficult and overwhelming to get started. With so many moving parts, how can you determine the best way to resolve your IT challenges? Which applications should stay where they are and which ones should you consider migrating? How can you get deep visibility into your costs so you won’t face surprise bills—all while still ensuring that your performance requirements are met?
In other words: when it’s time to get serious about building the right hybrid cloud strategy for your business, what approach should you take?
What You’ll Need to Consider
As you begin planning your hybrid cloud strategy, begin by considering three areas: what your current environment looks like, how you’ll build your architecture, and how you’ll actively manage your environment in the future.
Analyze Your Environment: Begin by building a thorough understanding of your IT infrastructure in your current environment and how your team currently uses your IT infrastructure. Consider the CPU and RAM performance requirements for each application, evaluate the platforms that are currently part of your environment, and determine which applications are mission critical 24/7 and which are mission critical at less frequent intervals.
Build a New Architecture That Meets Critical Benchmarks: As you start to consider how you’ll build your hybrid cloud environment, you’ll want to choose the right combination of storage, colocation, private, and public cloud that ensures your most sensitive applications remain secure, that you have maximum performance, and that you can scale to meet both current levels of peak usage as well as those in the future—all while still remaining compliant and without out of control costs.
Ensure Your New Environment Can Continue to Adapt: You’ll also want to consider how you’ll continue to actively manage your environment to adapt to changes in real time. Look for opportunities to get maximum visibility into your environment to ensure that costs and performance are continually optimized.
IPR’s CloudBuilder Program Can Help You Codify Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy
CloudBuilder is IPR’s program for giving new and current customers the planning, architecture, and support to build their hybrid cloud strategy. During a CloudBuilder session, the IPR team works with you to assess your environment, develop a strategy to keep your workloads protected and performance requirements met, and build your hybrid environment.
Additionally, IPR will also set you up with its Wrklodz hybrid cloud management solution to give you total visibility across your entire hybrid cloud environment and the power to actively manage your environment as necessary.