Nov 21, 2017

Stop acting like you can do it all.  To get the most value out of your solution, you need a partner that you can rely on to manage, monitor, and support your environment.

The move to the hybrid cloud is happening at a blistering pace. Think of it this way: If you’re a business or technology leader for a company, you’ve probably been using the hybrid cloud in some form for a while now, but the design probably hasn’t been a unified environment. A private cloud, on premise IT systems, and isolated public cloud services probably operated separately from one another, something that is increasingly changing as the hybrid cloud market is maturing. As this transformation takes place, organizations must seriously assess their ability to manage a unified hybrid cloud environment or risk losing value during the transition.

The Changing Hybrid Cloud World

The hybrid cloud is gaining so much momentum because it lets businesses be flexible in ways that weren’t remotely possible in the past, Network World reported. However, this elasticity comes with a bit of a caveat: Having such a large, complex cloud configuration creates management challenges that are overwhelming businesses.

It’s one thing to ask your IT team to procure cloud solutions. It is an entirely separate matter to ask them to orchestrate and integrate data, application, and network resources spread out over multiple data centers and service providers.

Very simply, Network World pointed out that hybrid clouds are being adopted quickly because they are uniquely suited to help companies meet the challenges they are facing today. However, hybrid clouds often lose momentum over time because businesses can’t handle the overhead.

The hybrid cloud wave is hitting businesses hard. Gartner found that:

  • Cloud spending will increase from $23.3 billion in 2016 to $68.4 billion in 2020.
  • Infrastructure utility services are also rising, with customers investing $21.3 billion in 2016 to $37 billion in 2020.
  • The colocation and hosting sectors will see spending go from $53.9 billion in 2016 to $74.5 billion in 2020.

Colocation and dedicated hosts are ideal for companies that want data center space for their private clouds. The right provider can offer robust network interconnections between data centers and can more easily integrate with public clouds than businesses can on their own.

With these factors in mind, the Gartner research points to a clear conclusion: Businesses are spending heavily in core cloud solutions and the various data center services they need to operate and manage those systems more effectively.

If you want to find success in the hybrid cloud, you need secondary and tertiary services to help you manage the configuration as effectively as possible.

The Value of Hybrid Cloud Management

Every excessive dollar spent on management and support is a loss that businesses aren’t going to be able to tolerate, if they want to go deeper into a hybrid IT environment. If the complex configuration leads to data usage spikes in the network, you need a service agreement that offers fair (and transparent) pricing for the bandwidth. If you’re going to spread IT assets over a variety of locations, you need a network that optimizes data transit to avoid productivity and performance losses for end users. If you’re going to add complexity in keeping up with diverse deployments in a variety of data centers, you need cost-efficient managed services to avoid overwhelming your IT team.

Utilizing the right provider to deploy, manage, and support the right solution for your business will free up your internal resources to focus on other importing areas of your business.

The business case for the hybrid cloud is clear. The technology balances control, costs, and flexibility in a nearly unmatched way. However, that value erodes if organizations can’t manage and optimize their hybrid cloud environments. At Lume, our solutions are built around excellence in engineering and management. Our wide range of managed cloud solutions can help companies utilize high performing, integrated hybrid clouds without getting overwhelmed by management and support.

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