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Hybrid cloud is the key to future

Cloud computing can help enterprises cut costs, innovate and make their businesses more agile – but only when implemented correctly. Many organizations are not thinking their cloud strategies through, warns Gary Barnett, chief analyst at Ovum.

Most CIOs would agree that implementing cloud technology would not magically reduce the cost of existing infrastructure and ease complications. A company has to deal with the complexity of keeping the existing legacy infrastructure and build layers around it or throw out the existing infrastructure and migrate everything to the cloud.

The basic assumption that we want to highlight is cloud can be super expensive if the right approach is not taken. There are issues related to security, infrastructure consolidation, and data migrations. One of the most important area that is least talked about is how to communicate the business change, cultural change and changes due to the new cloud policy.

Some organizations are currently adopting a policy of a hybrid cloud that gives the ease of implementation of a public cloud without compromising security as private cloud. In hybrid cloud the biggest challenge is moving the storage to the cloud. Some companies think data is one of their competitive advantage as it gives them control and sense of security thus are very reluctant to move their storage to cloud. Then comes the change in architecture and technology where critical investments and decisions have to be made. The data migration also takes time and effort.

These problems have been very potent and one of the primary reasons for big banks, insurance and retailers for not adopting hybrid cloud decisions in a flash. However , companies like Velostrata have made a very promising start in designing an innovative hybrid cloud solutions. The major breakthrough that Velostrata has made is decoupling the compute from storage. The boot image and storage stays on-premise while Velostrata’s patented technology streams production workloads to and from the cloud in minutes.

This technology can open up the hybrid cloud market as most of the banks and insurance companies have inclinations to keep the data on-premise due to legal and technological issues, while shifting the production workloads will give them avenues to cut costs and give them flexibility. Even the enormous cost in transformation projects in shifting the data centers can be avoided with minimal dent on user interface and business process change.

A CIO should think about this technology to attain speed and minimal business disruptions as the main storage lies with them which will give them more control with less dependency on vendors. The applications do not need to change with this technology either. It’s worth highlighting that this technology needs to be tested in stiff real time scenarios such as in core banking application or POS of the retailers. There are some personnel issues that need to be addressed such as by seeing workloads moved out of the data center operations the current employee might be threatened. These challenges need to be addressed in next stage of scaling hybrid cloud computing market.