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Hybrid Cloud Success:
Steps and Missteps from Practitioners

By Dave Scott, Solutions Director, NTT Com Managed Services

Hybrid cloud is in vogue.

According to our recent whitepaper “Going Hybrid: Demand for Cloud and Managed Services Across Asia-Pacific”, based on conclusions from an independent study conducted by 451 Research of more than 400 IT decision makers representing Asia-Pacific’s largest businesses in key vertical markets, hybrid cloud deployment numbers are soaring. In fact, the study noted that one in two businesses (52 percent) are using or planning a fully integrated hybrid environment.

While the advantages of cloud are well understood, a formal strategy will help them to achieve (and measure) the benefits. The problem is that many cloud deployments do not have a clear direction, with 44 percent pointing to a lack of an overarching hybrid strategy. It may result in costly mistakes that can impact entire operations.

Why a Clear Strategy Matters

Having a clear hybrid cloud strategy enables enterprises to anticipate and plan for the common challenges that face them in their hybrid cloud journeys. The chief ones are an IT organization’s inability to migrate legacy IT and applications (44 percent) and the difficulty in finding the necessary skilled workers (41 percent).

Another factor to consider within the strategy is the emergence of multi-cloud. These are created because companies realize that a single cloud cannot meet all their needs. So, for reasons like workload efficiency, geographical constraints, regulatory needs and such, almost every company (over 90 percent) is using or building multi-cloud environments. This creates additional challenges such as visibility and management capabilities across cloud environments (42 percent) and operational complexity of managing multiple cloud platforms (39 percent).

It is time for IT teams to take a step back and examine their business needs before proceeding with their hybrid cloud strategies. Developing a strategy that is based on actual needs, talent pool and business environment can help companies to realize the cloud advantages quickly.

Get Personal with Workloads

Not all workloads are the same. Most traditional companies also do not have the luxury of cloud-native companies, like Spotify and Uber, to run their entire business on a public cloud.

A more prudent approach is to discover what the requirements of each workload. Their dependencies, performance and availability requirements and regulatory impact will help you to determine which environment (private, public or hybrid cloud) is most suitable for migration with minimal disruption to the business.

Hybrid and private clouds also offer advantages as a training ground. Your IT team can learn about the nuances of cloud migration, security and management in a secure environment. They can also be used to “ready” specific workloads for public cloud migration, especially when those workloads face regulatory or security constraints.

Identifying the right environment for each workload is not trivial. It requires an intimate knowledge about both the on-premise infrastructure and the cloud environment. This is why a majority of companies choose to work closely with large technology vendors for their on-premise private cloud platforms. The study noted that 46 percent of companies used commercial private cloud software offerings from firms such as VMware and Microsoft, running on commodity x86 servers or converged systems.

In turn, this is creating two other significant trends: a closer working relationship with these vendors and the preference to choose one that is able to meet most of their requirements for hybrid cloud developments. These vendors are also shoring up their technologies and expertise to support businesses migrating to the hybrid cloud.

Get a Transformation Partner

Hybrid cloud adoption is essentially about IT transformation. It needs right expertise and knowledge to enabled informed decisions on how you want your hybrid cloud journey to look like.

The truth is that there is no single blueprint for a hybrid cloud strategy. Companies need to clearly understand what their businesses needs before creating a strategy that best fits them – a step that is often overlooked.

Here, a managed services partner makes business sense. The right one can help you to overcome the various technological challenges, make the diverse choices in your cloud journey and give you access to the right expertise and knowledge, while you focus on building your business success.

And that’s what companies in Asia Pacific are doing as they embark on cloud journey. The Study noted that more than half of the enterprises surveyed are using a managed professional service at some point to help on their cloud migration and operation.

After all, creating a hybrid cloud environment essentially transforms the entire IT architecture and the business model. Without an overarching strategy that is tailored to your business needs and the right experienced managed services partner to navigate, you are essentially sailing rudderless.

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NTT Communications solves the world’s technology challenges by helping enterprises overcome complexity and risk in their ICT environments with managed IT infrastructure solutions. These solutions are backed by our worldwide infrastructure, including industry leading, global tier-1 public and private networks reaching over 190 countries/regions, and more than 400,000m² of the world’s most advanced data center facilities. Our global professional services teams provide consultation and architecture for the resiliency and security required for your business success, and our scale and global capabilities are unsurpassed. Combined with NTT Data, NTT Security, NTT DOCOMO and Dimension Data, we are NTT Group.

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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