Before selecting a hybrid cloud service be sure to know the right questions to ask.

Before selecting a hybrid cloud service be sure to know the right questions to ask.

Hybrid cloud computing services bring together both public and private cloud infrastructure. The public cloud is deployed at a service provider’s cloud data center while the private cloud is deployed at a customer’s data center. A managed hybrid cloud services solution can provide tremendous new efficiencies to an organization’s IT environment. They free internal resources to work on strategic projects rather than maintaining general applications and services infrastructure. Complexity is decreased with the latest cloud-ready architectures and infrastructure. And business agility (flexibility and speed) is greatly enhanced, which can be a competitive advantage.

So what do you ask providers of hybrid cloud services when you start shopping?

Key Questions

• How much do hybrid cloud services cost?
• How scalable are they?
• How will new cloud services (whether private, public, or hybrid) impact my organization’s technology, processes, and people?
• What is the percentage of servers in my organization that have been virtualized? What’s the percentage running on physical infrastructure?

Hybrid cloud services are both highly cost-effective and very scalable. These services can greatly enhance your IT environment. A good place to begin is to do a complete audit of infrastructure and applications.

Applications Audit

Start with Tier 1 apps, the less mission-critical ones (such as infrastructure services, messaging, web applications for collaboration, and database applications). These may be good candidates for public clouds that are cost-effectively maintained at the cloud provider’s data center. Then define which applications should reside on the private cloud (for example, applications and data that, if rendered inoperable or stolen, could impact the organization’s ability to function). The experienced cloud provider should be part of this process; making recommendations about which cloud services would best complement specific applications and align with business and technical requirements.

Other Considerations

The most sophisticated cloud providers offer a unified management solution that spans both clouds. A self-service portal enables the customer to manage their on-premise private cloud environment to reduce costs and to post service requests to the public cloud. Ask the provider if they offer these things.

For More Information

Sigma Solutions partners with Sungard Availability Services to deliver comprehensive converged infrastructure solutions for Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS). Together, they offer tightly integrated compute, storage and network resources under a common management framework of shared services that enables flexibility and fluidity between physical and virtual environments. Click here to access helpful tools, including full white paper “The Compelling Business Case for Hybrid Cloud Services” by Joseph Gonzalez, co-sponsored by Sungard AS and Cisco.

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