Housing critical data is big business. It’s no secret that the larger public cloud companies have increased expenditures on marketing in their attempt to house some of your critical data. The idea is simple: cloud services add flexibility and agility to the usually cumbersome modern day data center. Once an organization begins using a hybrid cloud infrastructure the appeal can be summed up in one word: convenience. But running a hybrid cloud infrastructure is not without its challenges, below I will explore some of the various benefits and challenges of hybrid cloud management.
It’s easy to entertain the idea of extending the data center from a confined space to an integrated public cloud, regardless of potential inhibitors like budget, security, or even physical space.
The benefits of a hybrid cloud model are notable. It offers scalability, security, and flexibility, just to name a few. This might help you offset the multiple week timeframe it takes to procure more capacity, burst out during peak seasons, or even host temporary development workloads, by deploying in the public cloud. The convenience is too tempting.
However, we shouldn’t ignore the challenges that come with hybrid cloud management. Keeping an eye on the public cloud in tandem with managing a private cloud might allow you to scale at a rapid rate but the complexities will grow at an equally fast pace.
Top 3 Challenges of Traditional Infrastructure Management
- Workload Sizing: How should workloads be sized so that applications are able to perform?
- Application Placement: Where should applications be placed in order to guarantee more resources?
- Application Capacity: When/where do we need more physical capacity to support the applications?
Top 3 Challenges of Introducing the Hybrid Cloud
- Workload location: How do you decide which workloads live in-house?
- Planning: How do you plan for growth and infrastructure changes today?
- Assure Performance: Do you know if your workloads are rightsized to peak demand in order to assure performance and avoid overspending when they pass through Azure or AWS tollbooth?
The benefits to moving to the hybrid cloud outweigh the challenges. In a recent study from Peer 1 Hosting, 10% said their companies rely primarily on the hybrid cloud, and 28% predict this would be the case by 2018. That being said, "You won’t get far with the hybrid cloud unless you know it inside and out", notes David Storm from TechTarget. Keep reading to learn how you can know the hybrid cloud inside and out.
The Hybrid Cloud: Inside and Out
4 Ways VMTurbo Can Understand The Hybrid Cloud In Your Environment
VMTurbo offers a software solution to the challenges of the hybrid cloud (above), which allows the user to manage the constant increase of workload demand and avoid spending an arm and a leg on hardware or public cloud services.
1. Manage Resource Allocation
The core Enterprise Operations Manager ensures that workloads running in the data center are able to get access to resources when they are needed. By extending control to a public cloud provider such as AWS or Azure, VMTurbo helps you manage resource allocation decisions in your hybrid cloud including how to size workloads in order to assure performance as well as avoid unnecessary costs, when to burst workloads into the cloud in order to meet application demand, and when to bring workloads back to the private cloud.
2. Burst Workloads
VMTurbo’s platform is adaptive. If supply cannot meet the demand, an actionable recommendation will be issued to burst workload to the cloud, at the click of a button.
3. Retract Workloads
Conversely, it will retract workload back to the in-house servers once the capacity becomes available. Performance and efficiency are the products, and the VMTurbo platform is fine-tuned for constant optimization. Recently, I had a retail customer who was able to save 26% on their cloud invoice. By only bursting to the cloud when on premises data center capacity could not meet workload demand, and by appropriately sizing VMs down in order to purchase more cost effective instances.
4. Understand Workload Demand
VMTurbo is the only platform that understands workload demand as well as infrastructure supply in real time and can execute on all of the resource allocation decisions necessary to assure the virtual machines are running and performing on the most optimal amount of compute and storage. This holistic view of supply and demand is the only way to gain control over an otherwise unattainable elusive state. A single instance of VMTurbo will have the ability to burst workload to the cloud if the current infrastructure supply can’t meet the demand as well as making sure those workloads are rightsized prior to beaming them into the cloud.
So go ahead take advantage of the public cloud and don’t fret the complexity of hybrid cloud management.