Hybrid IT Challenges

Applications, Compliance, Economics and Security

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Applications

An issue with Hybrid Cloud has always been the network. A lot of how our applications are designed and built is based on traditional infrastructures. They were built on the concepts that they are on reliable servers and on a network where everything was close by.

Applications that companies have been running for years aren’t built for distributed environments, causing these businesses to jump through hoops and trick the application so that it works in the cloud environment. Today, all of the new “born on the web” applications are built on a distributed infrastructure allowing companies to build around the new cloud methodology.

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Compliance

The second issue with Hybrid Cloud is that there is no meaningful link between how I access, how I manage and how I stay within compliance. Companies have regulatory compliance requirements such as encryption and availability, which tells them how to handle and manage their data and information. When deploying a Hybrid Cloud using a large provider, that provider’s own processes for managing data may break the rules and regulations of the company deploying the cloud.

Economics

Cloud infrastructure is much more than just owning your own gear. It is a matter of owning that gear and having the bodies to power it in terms of running the infrastructure. Additional costs include the price of hardware and software, the ongoing costs of the data center that runs it (power, cooling and equipment) and the maintenance that goes into it all.

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Security

Security

One of the biggest worries with the cloud is security. Businesses oftentimes feel that their on-premise data center is much more secure than the cloud because they can see it and it is in their possession. On the contrary, most cloud providers operate a much more secure data center in terms of resiliency, physical security and procedural security.