“A 2012 data strategy cannot survive in our current world,” writes database expert Rob Woollen in Datamation
“Companies no longer have time to debate their cloud strategy,” he writes, calling fears surrounding cloud security “antiquated concerns” that prevent organizations from reaping the returns from today’s always on, on-demand marketplace.
But other IT experts see cloud adoption as more of a progressive journey than a race to rewards. We believe both schools of thought have some value. Moving to a hybrid cloud environment should be done carefully and should be carefully planned out in advance.
While a sense of urgency is important when it comes to critical IT issues, rushing migration to a hybrid cloud—a mix of public, private and on-premises data infrastructure—can curb the very benefits you seek: greater operational agility with lower IT costs.
So how should you navigate your hybrid cloud journey? Here are three essential steps:
- Design a two-step strategy. First, review current data management practices. Then, assess the state of your current cloud architecture.
- Reconsider workflows. How you operate today sheds light on how you will need to work tomorrow. Where is your organization efficient? Where are you effective? Where do you misfire on both counts?
- Realign Architecture. Consider viewing infrastructure as a continuum between public and private clouds in which public-facing systems use public storage connected to secure private services.
The challenge is determining what model will meet the needs of your organization. If you’re re-evaluating your cloud strategy or considering migrating to cloud, give us a call to discuss. We’re cloud experts and can help you find the right solution.