April 23, 2019

Introducing the Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Acronym List (HMCAL)

Okay, that’s not really a suggested acronym. But would it really surprise you if it was?

We know the world is changing; we’re in the “change” every day. We’re becoming more and more digital all the time from our politicians tweeting out their views to attending concerts via VR becoming closer to a reality. And some days it seems like the only thing out-pacing the breakneck speed of technology’s evolution is the number of terms, acronyms, and overall strategies needed to manage it along the way.

It’s simple

Take hybrid, multi-cloud infrastructure. This concept is simple, but carries a ton of complexity.

Hybrid cloud is simply a blend of public and private cloud solutions.

Multi-cloud is even simpler: more than one cloud.

Put these terms together and voilà! Now we have a blend of multiple instances of more than one type of cloud. It’s a simple and approachable concept…in theory.

It’s also complex

Yet when hybrid multi-cloud is put into practice, suddenly we unearth a massive number of possibilities for configuration, workload disbursement and unlimited network complexities which impacts almost all of us. Right Scale reports that 84% of enterprises are utilizing a multi-cloud strategy. It’s probably safe to assume that it’s not all rainbows and sunshine (or big, dreamy cumulous clouds) managing their multi-cloud environments for the majority of those enterprises.

Does it have to be complex? 3 ideas for making it easier.

Step 1: Know your clouds

Understand your cloud delivery models. Look at your PaaS, IaaS and SaaS and how they add complexity (or not).

Step 2: Put all your clouds in one basket

Not in the same location of course. But centralized management of your cloud provisioning brings flexibility, agility, and consistency to your day-to-day management of your IT strategy. Take a cue from Starbucks. There are over 29,000 Starbucks stores around the world, yet they all have the same, standardized menu and operates efficiently, consistently, and cost-effectively thanks to their centralized management. Your clouds should also be centrally managed in order to reduce costs while maintaining, if not increasing, efficiency and performance.

Step 3: Simplify your workload migration approach

Anything can be migrated, but not everything necessarily should be. Understand what qualities make for good workload migration candidates, the right decision criteria based on your setup, and the results you are hoping to achieve.

Download this guide to for an approachable view at workload migration.

Everything You Need to Know About Migrating Workloads

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