Hybrid Cloud Success-The rapid pace of change in the business environment due to digital transformation is giving rise to a new reality for enterprises. Instead of relying heavily on long-term strategic planning and execution, the key to business growth today lies in an organization’s ability to pivot quickly. This calls for organizations to configure their business for change without necessarily knowing what the change will be.
Enterprises are increasingly adopting cloud as a deployment choice, with an eye on a hybrid or multi cloud future. Since a single environment is unlikely to support the business to adapt to changing customer and market needs at scale quickly, 45 percent of organizations polled for the 2019 Red Hat Global Customer Tech Outlook said that they are using at least two cloud platforms today. In addition, 65 percent of them are planning to use two or more within the next one to two years. By having a variety of infrastructure options (i.e., on-premises, public cloud or private cloud), hybrid cloud can offer the necessary support to any application to help ensure that they respond consistently regardless of where they reside.
Despite the importance of being able to address changes flexibly, organizations cannot afford to sacrifice the existing capabilities that are necessary for their business operations while in pursuit of becoming more agile. A hybrid cloud, therefore, needs to not only be secure and cost-effective, but also responsive to changes today and in the future.
Similar to how a building is only as strong as its foundation, the effectiveness of a hybrid cloud depends on its underlying platform: the operating system. As such, organizations looking to maximize the potential of their hybrid cloud should ensure that their hybrid cloud is built on an open platform that offers them the following capabilities:
Control over their IT infrastructure
Although adopting new technologies can help address new business needs, the move might also cause organizations to be faced with a complex IT environment and increased IT operational workloads. With more time and effort needed to manage their IT security and compliance, IT teams will have less time to focus on delivering business value.
To overcome this issue, enterprises should ensure that their hybrid cloud is running on an operating system that is more secure and able to deliver resources with integrated control features such as centralized identity management. It should support automated regulatory compliance and security configuration remediation across systems and within containers too.
As the consistent foundation for hybrid cloud, the platform also needs to provide built-in manageability and integration tools to ease IT management across various environments. For instance, it should allow IT teams to control individual systems from an easy-to-use web interface for ongoing management of storage, networking, containers, services and more. Besides that, it could offer automated patch management as well as identification and remediation of anomalies to prevent technical issues before they impact business operations.