Too many companies wrestle with deciding whether or not they need a hybrid cloud solution. A high-priority, this struggle happens across industries, affecting both large and small companies. You can see the challenges faced firsthand with GE Healthcare and Nielsen onstage at PegaWorld 2017, and with Gartner saying that 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid cloud by 2020, so it won’t go away any time soon. What puzzles me though is why does this topic continue to trend when the problems that need solving are so straightforward? This choice meets the "back of the envelope" analysis—it's so simple a decision that it requires little effort and time.
Let’s say an organization is trying to leverage its investment in an on-premise, private cloud-based solution while also taking advantage of a newer cloud-solutions. And, you're required to integrate the new app with an existing “legacy” solution to deliver untapped value for your organization.
Now let’s look at the questions that you need to solve when determining a hybrid cloud solution:
- What vulnerabilities do you need to address to prevent unauthorized access to mission-critical data?
- What governmental, industry, and corporate regulations do you need to consider?
- Where are you storing your data, and how do you access it?
Buy or build?
This is where you ask your organization -- what business are you in? Can we invest long term in a homegrown solution? Will it stay up to date as our industry evolves? If you're talking about a cloud-based solution, you're more than likely looking at using a solution that a third-party manages, so you can focus on your core business. But what if you want to do both buy and build? Then investing in a solution provider that can grow with your needs makes sense.
Now, you need to evaluate your system. What are its requirements? What are the problems that need solving? Next, you need a solution provider that:
- Embraces a "do no harm" policy to your IT infrastructure and business
- Has a solid track record
- Will work with you as part of a long-term relationship
- Solves all the problems outlined at the beginning
- Can anticipate some of your needs because they have experience with organizations like yours
Ta-dah! Those questions are all you need to answer on the back of your envelope analysis. You now have an excellent understanding of what your organization needs of a hybrid cloud solution. You can move on to other challenges facing your organization.