Adoption of hybrid cloud solution must be backed by intense planning and even more profound execution. The process of hybrid cloud begins by choosing the right vendor. The first step itself is extremely complex due to diversity of cloud vendors ranging from startups to big boys on the bloc. One must be able to choose a cloud vendor that is suitable for the enterprise.

Choosing the right hybrid cloud provider is an entirely different ballgame unlike selection of public or private cloud vendor where the choice is simple and straightforward in terms of juxtaposition of price and functionality. While assessing the potential hybrid cloud vendor, you need to understand capability of hybrid cloud solution in terms of interaction with existing on site application or private cloud solution.  

Location and Security

While considering a geographical location of cloud hosting services, there are certain important aspects to be considered. The foremost consideration needs to focus on physical proximity of data center location with respect to potential end users. Physical location of data center is also going to influence latency. Multiple storage locations are vital from the point of view of disaster recovery.

While choosing a cloud vendor, one must attach the highest significance to security parameters. Security in hybrid cloud should encompass public and private cloud in terms of strict adherence to protocols. 

Understanding Ways to Utilize Cloud 

The most vital objective for adopting cloud services should be disaster recovery. Cloud adoption empowers mid-sized organizations to gain capability of disaster recovery without need to build a secondary data center facility exclusively for the purpose of business continuity due to unexpected outage or any catastrophe.  

While looking for a DR solution one must not go for highly complex solutions that less complex and involved fair amount of automation.

Hybrid cloud solutions should be adopted by large enterprises to reduce dependence on data centers so that these expensive resources are freed up. Public clouds should be reserved for executing testing and development workloads and to grow certain applications. 

Choice of Public Cloud 

Constantly evolving public cloud landscape has resulted in availability of wide choice of public cloud solutions. While it is natural to ask for most popular services, one should also consider factors such as service, scalability, technical support and costs. 

It would be good idea to explore self service models of public cloud that are also highly affordable. These are found to lack in desired technical support. If you have sufficient financial resources, then premium options for cloud are also available. These providers can be analyzed on the basis of available features and level of automation. 

The next step should be analysis of ease of management and migration without vendor lock-in issues. The ideal solution should comprise of on-site and cloud based services. While implementing a mix-and-match approach one should try to avoid addition of management complexity as far as possible. 

Choosing On-Premise Platforms

Organizations are always looking for a unified and integrated management platform for managing hybrid environments that permit smooth migration of workloads between different hypervisors while retaining a compliant as well as consistent management. While selecting platforms one should weigh cost versus performance and choose a platform that is user friendly, flexible, and would not be disruptive. 
    
Factors to Consider for Managing Hybrid Environment

In order to efficiently manage hybrid cloud environment, one should have an integrated view of storage, network, and compute power. This will facilitate smooth spread of on-site and off-site resources and platforms. Instead of counting on a self service portal it would be more beneficial to design a lightweight hybrid management solution that is affordable and effective. 

Hybrid configuration should be managed by acquiring in depth knowledge about the regulatory requirements of data handling and the type of users that would be accessing the hybrid cloud. The most ideal way to handle hybrid environment including the hybrid cloud as well as on site workloads is through a single point.  
         
Integrating Hybrid Cloud with Current Operations

Inertia is the basic property of every object including human beings. Hybrid cloud adoption will be initially resisted by people working in IT infrastructure due to number of new initiatives and changes that may impact positions, work profiles and management consoles. 

This highlight need for proper integration of hybrid cloud with existing workflows, business processes, and operations. In view of this the hybrid project needs to have ability to scale so that it would be seamlessly blend with existing workflows. Seamless integration with processes and tools will lead to improved ability of managing solutions. 

Streamlining of Various Cloud Services

It should be appreciated that every cloud service in a hybrid environment is governed by different systems of provisioning and managing. This highlights the significance of an orchestration layer. This can be normally achieved with help of APIs. 

Before going ahead with investing, one must be able to evaluate a proposed cloud service provider. It is essential to understand functioning of hybrid cloud in association with existing environment and the expected performance as against company objectives.      

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