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Hybrid Cloud 101: Why Move Workloads To The Cloud (even if you can't move them all)

The world is facing challenges we’ve never quite seen before, there’s no doubt about that. Getting to a 100% remote workforce is crucial at this time, but that’s just the beginning of these challenges. What about IT professionals trying to provision enough equipment, ensure endpoint security, and simply deal with the sheer amount of tickets submitted to the IT help desk on a daily basis? We’re here to help.

Last year, Cloudbakers CTO, Eric Lannert, wrote an incredible overview on why the Hybrid Cloud is important to business. (It’s a great next step after reading this.) But for more entry-level insight and additional context, I want to highlight a few points that illustrate just what exactly a hybrid cloud can do for your business, especially when you have no choice but to navigate your IT infrastructure remotely:

    • Leverage different clouds to create new and innovative customer experiences and predictive analytics that utilize the massive R&D investments from cloud providers
      Let’s use customer segmentation as an example. Upon division of your customer base into similar segments, you could take advantage of a product like BigQuery ML to run a k-means clustering model to further build out your customer segments. Ultimately creating more personalized interactions with your customers.

    • Leverage the cloud for seasonal / bursty, fast-growing, or multiple region workloads where you can save money by optimizing utilization and stop being forced to buy/maintain for peak or forecasted capacity requirements
      An example of this would be taking advantage of Cloud Load Balancing. This product provides seamless auto-scaling of Google’s infrastructure to handle your users traffic in seasons of peak traffic. You only pay for what you use.

    • Engage your security team as the driver of the initiative and take advantage of the cloud logging, monitoring, and advanced threat detection
      Pretty straightforward here. It’s no secret that the public cloud is more secure than on-premise environments. Google has a tremendous amount of information on its security-first mindset and all the precautions it has taken to secure your cloud environment. If you have some time, I would highly recommend reading Google’s Security Overview.

In short, a hybrid cloud environment consists of a mixture of public and/or private cloud environments. This is often accompanied by a variety of cloud providers, typically Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure. Additionally, you can utilize your existing on-premise servers, usually for latency purposes or because you invested a significant amount of capital and they still have a few years until end-of-life. This on-premise environment would then work in tandem with your cloud provider.

With 9 out of 10 companies reporting that a hybrid cloud strategy is crucial to the future of their business, it’s no secret that hybrid cloud management is worth looking into – there’s so much more to explore.

During a pandemic, where we find ourselves today, IT leaders who have everything on-premise are scrambling to find better solutions. Cloudbakers wants to help you achieve what’s absolutely necessary in the short term, and work with you long-term to strategize for the future. We’re all in this together! Call us today (312-380-6838) or email us at care@cloudbakers.com and tell us your story. How is your organization being affected by COVID-19 and let’s solve your unique challenges.

Originally published on March 30, 2020

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