Why CIOs Should Leverage Hybrid Clouds For Their IT Environments
If CIOs and their IT organizations want to maintain their business relevance – and be in a position to expand their business contribution – they must leverage mobile and social, as well as new technologies and services for business innovation. They need to complete the shift to a services-based provisioning and consumption model. It’s also critical that they enable business to put Big Data and analytics to work, all while maintaining security and business continuity in an extended-platform world.
All these roads lead to Hybrid Cloud that doesn’t just act as a bridge between private and public clouds but actually incorporates the advantages of both. Here are some of the advantages:
- A hybrid cloud models offers access to a wide array of applications and services like public clouds, with the reliable performance and security for critical business applications of private clouds.
- This model enables IT organizations to choose where they host their workloads based on various considerations like security, sharing, reliability, etc. This isn’t just for the business users but also for the IT teams who now have more flexibility to determine where to run individual workloads including applications and services—in-house, with service providers, or in the public cloud.
- A hybrid cloud is the best platform for provisioning an ever-changing mix of internal and external services. With hybrid cloud, organizations have the flexibility in sourcing services, scalability to adjust to changing business demand, the customer experience of a browser-type interface, and the transparency into usage that’s essential for managing consumption and automated billing.
- Hybrid Cloud also provides IT with a richer set of automated monitoring and management tools for a better integrated computing environment. With mundane tasks automated and management simplified, IT is better able to control and optimize the platform while improving infrastructure performance and cost.
- Hybrid Cloud can provide companies with a more capable and expandable platform for Big Data: accessing more external data sources, gathering more data together for analysis, doing high-volume and compute-intensive analytics processing, and incorporating any Big Data and analytics appliances in use.
- The ability to better harness the power of Big Data also then creates immediate opportunities for improved security where the real-time analysis of what’s happening across all of an enterprise’s networks is no longer just an added advantage but an absolute necessity considering it is virtually impossible to build a hard shell around the enterprise when employees and customers can be anywhere anytime. Data analytics help spot anomalies quickly, isolate problems, and take action. This is like the non-stop, high-volume fraud detection applications used by credit card companies. It requires assembling, scanning and analyzing vast quantities of granular and diverse data. Hybrid clouds provide a scalable, efficient and manageable platform for these new “data lakes” needed for security analysis.
- Securing sensitive business assets in the public cloud has turned out to be a serious pain point. Organizations have to negotiate how to map and recreate the security apparatus to fit into an external service level agreement, add to that the risk that companies stand to lose data and transactions in public cloud failures. Given those realities, enterprises need more attentive and adaptive approaches to security. We see hybrid cloud as an important part of the solution. Hybrid cloud enables enterprises to leverage public cloud services while maintaining the trust of their customers and ensuring consistent enforcement of security policies and compliance with regulations.
- It’s simple and to prove that at EMC World this year, we configured a hybrid cloud from scratch. We started with converged infrastructure—three Vblocks from VCE that integrate computing, storage and networking. We used VMware vCloud Automation Center to enable self-provisioning of on-premise or off-premise resources, including cloud service providers. We deployed a variety of workloads, as well as essential data services like backup and recovery. It took two days. A realistic estimate for a business with a strong foundation (high level of virtualization, strong connectivity standards, and experience with private cloud) and up-front planning would be more like a week.
Given all these considerations we at EMC believe that converged infrastructure and hybrid cloud architecture is the way to go.
Organization’s no longer want their CIOs to solely focus on provisioning and running the computing environment, they want them to encourage and enable their business to use technology strategically. This includes both implementing business strategy and formulating it in the first place. Hybrid cloud should be part of the business discussion today and the business capability tomorrow with the CIO leading the charge.