Everyone has their own take on the Cloud these days. Whether it be security, reliability, capacity, latency, or any combination of those – we all have an opinion. Unless you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Cloud enthusiast, you probably have some reservations.
Where enterprises are concerned, it can feel like a big leap of faith to make the transition to life in the Cloud. On top of the change in mindset, technical considerations can seem to be getting more complex in an effort to simplify your life. Access management, interoperability and IT management time are daunting concerns to face – a dedicated IT services partner with experience in this area can help address some of those concerns.
As we start to see a push to move IT spending from large capital expenditures to operating expenditure, scalability and flexibility become increasingly important. A hybrid Cloud environment – a blend of on-premises, private Cloud, and public Cloud - can answer some of those issues. Let’s check out some of the considerations of a hybrid Cloud environment.
Federating your private cloud with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud lets you scale up when you need to, and provides elasticity of Azure consumption monthly. Azure provides a growing suite of tools and applications that boost efficiency and productivity. Identity management becomes simpler with Azure Active Directory, allowing you to streamline your management and end-user processes. Azure cloud data is backed up in multiple Microsoft managed datacentres across the world, providing you with protection from outages and data loss.
Some of the issues that are on our ‘pro’ list can also become our cons if the implementation and use isn’t properly managed. We mentioned the complexity of the hybrid Cloud migration process earlier – essentially, the downside of transitioning your environment is the chance that the potential complexities can be overwhelming if your hybrid Cloud isn’t deployed correctly.
How do you make sure that you’re on the right side of hybrid Cloud deployment? One of the best ways to make sure that you’re not going to end up with an overly complex, management heavy, IT environment is to thoroughly roadmap the process, and do so with a trusted IT services partner. Because projects like this have so much impact on your day-to-day business, it becomes critical to ensure that the team handling your migration has done multiple projects that are similar in size and scope to yours. AMTRA’s technical team is highly qualified in this area; leveraging their expertise is the best way to make sure your hybrid cloud migration will be done efficiently by qualified IT professionals.