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OPINION

Hybrid cloud: solving the black hole of un-attributable costs

Read about the various hybrid cloud benefits.
Author: Anthony, Guest  
   Last updated: August 7, 2017

This guest post is written by Anthony West, the CTO at VisionTrack, part of Markerstudy. His team, supported by RedPixie, have launched the VisionTrack platform - vehicle telematics and video hosted in Azure. See more details here.

Despite the continuous great effects of cloud platforms, it is easy to forget, or just block out the fact that there is still a great deal of “fake news” circulating.

As such, there are still phrases like “the cloud is inherently unsafe”, or that it somehow represents anamorphic control risk.

Perhaps coincidentally, these claims tend to be expounded by IT leaders who have failed to spot the epoch changing cloud revolution in time to make it part of their IT strategies over the last few years.

For whatever reason, outmoded objections of stability, integrity and control risks are touted and tweeted regularly.

So what?

This results in a datacentre 'hammer to thump' approach for every on-premises requirement - the black hole of un-attributable cost, unproductive process and unacceptable time to market.

Unfairly Damaging their Prospects

While this is nothing new [the debate has been raging for years], it strikes me that anyone still locked into a datacentre-first and only mindset is no longer just missing a trick.

Technologists under this regime are failing to build the relevant skills to remain current, unfairly damaging their prospects.

Meanwhile, competitors are sourcing technologies which are faster, cheaper and better than those that can be provisioned in an internal datacentre.

Thereby, handicapping any competitive advantage a commercial operation may have.

Embracing Hybrid Cloud

Before the argument becomes too partisan, let’s clarify the point.

It makes no sense to wholesale move workloads to the public cloud, as only some systems can realise the advantages - or at least get a reasonable return on investment when balanced with the migration effort.

In the same way, it makes no sense to ignore the public cloud as an option, especially if workloads are new, or existing workloads are undergoing some migration or refresh event as part of their lifecycle.

Only hybrid strategies that select compute, storage and communication technologies in the context of cost-effectiveness and commercial outcomes are winning strategies.

Cloud Strategy Failures

On-premises services have a niche and can exist in tandem with other provisions.

Services which can be provided at lower cost through leveraging off-premise services (due to massive economies of scale in mega datacentres,) should be the default option.

As such, here are some indicators of a blinkered hosting strategy:

  • Business customers are telling you that your services are too slow, expensive and unreliable when compared to others in the market.
  • It is assumed that on-premises services are always cheaper, more secure, more stable etc.
  • Workloads are being moved; without considering cheaper off-premises options.
  • Any consideration has been given to bringing public cloud-native systems on premise.
  • Traditional on-premises infrastructure services have been given a cloud moniker.

Hybrid Cloud Benefits

If the above are familiar and you are not running compute services for MI5, high-frequency trading, or the like; it is likely you are damaging technology careers as well as commercial operations.

The following insights from various sources should prove solace for those with a liberal hybrid attitude and put paid to those expounding unilateral, unjustifiable on-premises migrations.

  • The rate of technology deployment to public clouds is higher than the rate for on-premises services.
  • Regulatory, compliance and control risks are real and must be addressed on premise and off. Hyper-scale public cloud services have methods of addressing these risks.
  • Hyper-scale public cloud providers have proved highly resistant to attack and can be a more secure starting point than many in-house implementations.
  • Many digital business initiatives can only achieve the necessary time to market and agility by utilising hyper-scale on-demand public cloud platforms.

Well, that's Anthony's summary, make sure to let us know your thoughts on these hybrid cloud benefits, below. Should you wish to learn more, grab this free hybrid cloud guide ⇓

Topics: Hybrid, Cloud, Data Strategy

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