The secret is out, and has been for a while: moving to a hybrid model can make your IT department much more efficient, save money and resources. From avoiding vendor lock-in to improved security and compliance, organizations are moving to the hybrid model for a wide range of reasons.
The less discussed secret about a hybrid IT environment? It can be a bit unwieldy to manage. Making use of on-premise, private cloud, and multiple public cloud options introduces complexity that can threaten to wipe away some of the benefits that hybrid promises.
One way to get the management of your hybrid IT environment under control is through a dedicated management solution. KeyInfo partner Cisco’s CloudCenter is one approach, and our customers have so far been seeing some real positives from implementing it. Here are four ways a management system can help your company get all the efficiencies, and savings, the hybrid model promises.
Create a model
Knowing your apps is always Job 1, no matter what hybrid strategy you pursue. After all, how can you possibly know where each app belongs if you don’t know exactly what each app needs, or even exactly how many apps you have.
A management solution can help you accurately define your app management and scaling requirements, and help you combine infrastructure and application automation. CloudCenter, in particular, creates a model that works with more than 20 cloud and data center environments.
Deploy on demand
Once you’ve modeled, the next step is actually deploying. Trying to manually decide the best environments to utilize is a non-starter, though. Lean on your hybrid management system to help you choose the best environments, based on price, performance and other factors. Then, tweak it further. Options like CloudCenter can help you benchmark many instance sizes in one cloud, so you can select that absolutely optimal configuration.
Now that you’re making use of the hybrid model, you have to stay on top of it — as with everything IT, nothing is static. As your requirements change, make sure scaling, up or down, happens quickly and efficiently so you don’t over-procure cloud resources. A management solution can apply your lifecycle policies automatically, help migrate resources to different clouds or even upgrade your app versions.
Get security and compliance under control
One of the major potential complications with hybrid IT models is making sure security and compliance are air tight across the many different environments. This is, again, an area where the manual option isn’t really an option.
Make sure your management solution provides a single control panel that lets users place, deploy and make run-time decisions. Likewise, the control panel should let administrators enforce policies and set cost and usage limits, and analyze and report on cost, usage and other metrics.
There are many hybrid management solutions out there, and you should absolutely take the time to see which one works best for your environment. As a Cisco partner, we’ve found Cisco CloudCenter provides a number of features that help make your hybrid IT environment work for you. But, whatever you choose, make sure you choose something. After reading this blog, one more secret should be very clear: trying to manage a hybrid IT environment manually is a recipe for disaster.
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