By Stephanie Baskerville on October 13, 2016

Cloud consumption strategy: mastering your hybrid cloud scenarios

 

In our previous blog, we discussed what the Cloud is and how it can be leveraged to improve the way a business operates. In this follow-up blog, we’ll present some ideas about how to implement hybrid cloud scenarios that will help you achieve increased productivity and lower costs.

3 elements of ideal hybrid cloud scenarios

When implemented successfully, there is no doubt that a Cloud strategy will create notable productivity increases and lower costs. The biggest question when pondering the implementation of a Cloud strategy is “how do I ensure it will be tailored to my business and how do I make it successful”?

Here are three key elements to focus on as you plan your Cloud environment:

  • Ensure that the Cloud environment’s capacity scales fluidly up and down according to demand. This makes sure that there are no inefficiencies caused by over-provisioning too many Cloud resources that aren’t being used, or under-provisioning resources so that a bottleneck ensues which will cause downtime while users wait for resources to free up.
  • Allow for additional capacity (data storage and network bandwidth, for example) to be automatically provisioned or by the people who need it without having to spend unneeded time tracking down IT managers to perform the work needed to add capacity.
  • Implement a consumption tracking system to ensure that costs align with benefits. By using metering and cost allocation, you can hold users and business units accountable. By using this technique, you can determine who will ultimately pay for consumption.

3 approaches to cloud consumption

There are three approaches that businesses can take in order to implement their most ideal hybrid cloud scenarios - traditional, ad hoc and lean:

  • Traditional approach:
    • Mid- to large-sized established enterprises with substantial investments and dependencies in legacy technology, and processes.
    • Key challenge: Clearly delineate between Cloud resources and traditional resources to keep flexible Cloud practices from undermining rigid traditional practices, and vice versa.
  • Ad Hoc approach:
    • Small to mid-sized organizations with some investments and dependencies in legacy technology and processes.
    • Key challenge: Develop skills and experience for planning, governance, and process management.
  • Lean approach:
    • Small to mid-sized organizations with no legacy assets or dependencies – a “green field” to adopt the Cloud by default, to stay flexible and minimize capital expenditures.
    • Key challenge: Develop skills and experience for planning, governance, and process management.

3 models to implement hybrid cloud scenarios

There are three models that businesses can take in order to implement their most ideal Cloud solution: traditional, private cloud and public Cloud:

3 models to implement cloud solution

Clarity around target or ideal state is a prerequisite for strategic planning!

Once a business has implemented its ideal hybrid cloud scenarios, the benefits become indispensable. The server techs will say ‘this is great stuff!’ because they’re able to very quickly meet demand – increasing size, upgrading an app – whatever it is, they can meet those demands a lot more efficiently.

Clarity around target or ideal state is a prerequisite for strategic planning – positioning your current state in relation to the target and deciding which steps you need to take toward it. This is something that ProServeIT’s Cloud experts can help you realize. Our Cloud experts have helped develop hybrid cloud scenarios for small to enterprise companies.

If you want to learn about the many advantages a Cloud-based environment can provide for your business and the strategies to deal with Cloud resource consumption, contact us and we will be happy to provide you insight!

 

If you want to learn about the many advantages a Cloud-based environment can provide for your business and the strategies to deal with the risks and challenges, contact us and we will be happy to provide you insight.

Published by Stephanie Baskerville October 13, 2016