Managing The Hybrid Cloud: A New Ballgame
By John Rugh | September 2nd, 2015
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Few topics in business and IT are as prevalent, yet misunderstood and controversial as the cloud. Many organizations have wholeheartedly embraced it. Others hesitate to migrate all or part of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, due to fear or various misconceptions. Many that do invest in the cloud wind up with a mix of public and private (aka “hybrid”) cloud. There are advantages to this setup, but there are also formidable challenges.
Whose Job Is It, Anyway?
For one, who within the organization will manage this new IT infrastructure? Cloud developers often find themselves doing it out of necessity. But this is not the best use of their time. They need to be focused on developing instead. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have management skills, but may not yet be ready to take over the cloud management role.
What's needed is an understanding of how the I&O role changes when the enterprise shifts to a hybrid cloud setup, how I&O pros can help exceed their business' expectations of the cloud and the management capabilities required to succeed in the discipline of hybrid cloud management.
A Valuable Hybrid Cloud Management Resource
If you are an IT or business manager who needs to get a handle on how to effectively manage a hybrid cloud environment for the benefit of both the development team and the I&O staff (and the organization as a whole), you will want to access your free copy of Cloud Management In A Hybrid Cloud World today. This information-rich report will show you
- What your cloud customer wants from your cloud above all else
- How cloud managers can accelerate the cloud application life cycle
- A primary way in which cloud management is different from traditional IT management
- A reference infographic with the key skills today's hybrid cloud manager needs
Indeed, cloud management has some key differences from the traditional management of an on-premise IT infrastructure. Here's a main difference: Organizations own their traditional on-premise equipment such as servers, storage devices and networking appliances. Their IT team has immediate access to them. This is often not the case with cloud.
What You Monitor Matters
What you monitor in the cloud determines what you can manage. Your cloud monitoring approach should start with the user's experience and needs and work back to the infrastructure. If it's a hybrid cloud, you'll own some of it, but the rest, you won't. You will want to closely monitor cloud application performance for your end users' benefit and productivity. But be careful who has access to your cloud and be mindful of what they can do. Security is vitally important. But it's also important to balance security with speed and performance.
Cloud-based technology and IT-as-a-Service is in the process of becoming the new normal in the business IT world. You can take a “head-in-the-sand” approach and ignore it, you can try to contain it, or you can embrace it. If you decide to forgo the first option (smart idea), effective cloud management becomes paramount. The enterprise IT infrastructure typically contains a mix of public and private cloud. If this is the case in your organization, you'll need to earn the right to manage this hybrid cloud. And manage it you must. This report can be a valuable resource as you begin this journey. Access your free copy today!
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