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Hybrid Cloud: The Ultimate Strategy

Posted by Eric Wright on Dec 17, 2021 6:17:26 PM
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The world of technology is changing at a rapid pace. To stay competitive in this fast-paced environment, businesses must be able to adjust quickly and efficiently. The traditional on-premises IT model doesn't work with today's modern business needs because it limits the ability for change.

Hybrid Cloud provides a flexible infrastructure that integrates both public and private cloud resources to create an ultimate strategy for success!

A Time of Significant Change

The recent 24 months have obviously highlighted that our teams and organizations both have and require resiliency. Companies have leveraged the platform advantage of scale-out cloud infrastructure to meet sudden on-demand surges. Those same teams also learned that understanding the impact of application performance and cost as they expand usage is often opaque and challenging to understand.

There is no going back, though. The hybrid future is real and it is a necessity. More teams are hiring for cloud skills. Kubernetes has gone from a buzzword dripping off the tongues of CIOs like the start of a hero's journey to de facto standard for cloud-native application hosting.

What about all of the investment in time, money, and skills, we have put into our on-premises environments? Having control over the data center and access to low-latency infrastructure for application building was once the true strategic advantage. Now it needs us to revisit what the actual advantage is to having our own data center footprint in addition to the public cloud.

Diversity of Platforms is Strategic

The role of platform engineering has become a need in the last few years. This stems from the business need to treat infrastructure and application hosting as strategic approach. We've seen the rise in Cloud Center of Excellence, and Cloud-Native Platform Architecture as virtual team titles. We have also seen the learnings of public cloud implementations and development moving to on-premises platforms.

The perfect alignment of available technology and skillset in our application teams has opened the door to a new strategic advantage which is building diversity and resiliency at the application AND infrastructure layers.

Hybrid is Insuring Against Many External Pressures

Our organizations fight a continuous onslaught of external challenges including:

  • Service changes and outages on cloud
  • Application builders lacking infrastructure skills
  • Lack of predictability on growth and operational costs
  • More abstractions = more opacity in IT operations
  • Performance and resiliency impacted by too many dependencies

Using a hybrid approach gives many of these an answer, even if not the ONE answer. Hybrid is about hedging our bets and creating opportunity. We make use of the available offerings, services, and tools to create a diverse architecture built for resistance to failure. Failure is inevitable and so is designing and adopting processes and strategies to mitigate that risk.

As we continue to build out our hybrid cloud architectures and operations, there are a few key components that must be included. It is important to focus on the technical requirements of application teams while considering current technologies in place:

  • Application-Layer Resiliency: The ability for applications to fail gracefully and recover quickly while using many different points.
  • Data and Communication Resiliency: Service meshes and diverse platform networking to ensure continuous access and reduced failure domains.
  • Performance and Observability: New methods and tools for gaining visibility into dependencies and operational insights.
  • Automation in Provision and Operations: Human-scale and consistency needs automation across the entire lifecycle.

It's no single one of these that is a differentiator on its own. In fact, it's the combination of these requirements that has made it so complex to reach our true potential with hybrid architectures in the past.

Designed for Failure Through Anti-Fragility

The concept of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) is nothing new. What has become an incredible opportunity is to build resiliency instead of just recoverability.

Thousands of our customers have been working with us to move from waiting for failure to creating truly anti-fragile infrastructure and applications.

Failure is also much more than just “Is it down?” as we have learned. Application performance, service availability, regional access, and many more KPIs are being used to measure what we define as failure. Now we can design for anti-fragility by putting more automation throughout the lifecycle to ensure that recovery BEFORE the failure occurs is possible.

Self-driving and more automation-first designs are driving the future of how we build applications and infrastructure. The challenge is that today’s infrastructure and applications are designed for possibility, but not with a centralized decision engine that understands the needs of the application and the business. More on that as we continue here, but let’s remember why the hybrid model is important.

Hybrid is a Winning Strategy

After two decades of hearing about hybrid cloud as a potential, we learned that the proposed pattern of single applications bursting to the cloud on-demand is not a reality. What is a winning reality is that you have a diverse set of applications with a diverse set of resource needs that are dynamic and challenging to manage.

We have seen a broad array of customers succeeding with strategic use of hybrid infrastructure to get the best of their on-premises investment AND take advantage of the rapidly advancing public cloud technologies and services.

How do we do this together? It's a progressive partnership with platform capabilities you easily unlock starting with:

  • Comprehensive visibility from the app to the infrastructure, immediately surfacing risk and health across the entire IT environment
  • Intelligent, actionable insights showing how to allocate resources throughout the application and infrastructure stack to increase performance while reducing unnecessary waste
  • Automation-first framework to let you adopt automation without risk by easily integrating with your operational workflows and ITSM processes
  • Scale and automate at your pace to ensure you can get the massive value to your applications at the speed and comfort of your organization

Being an agentless and frictionless deployment means your team can deploy without risk and with limited effort. Most importantly, hybrid applications will now be able to choose the resources they need on the infrastructure available regardless of how your hybrid implementation is designed.

The future of IT is hybrid. The future of applications is self-driving. We look forward to continuing to define and deliver the future of performance together with you.

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