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4 Hybrid Cloud Misconceptions

Most businesses have gotten over their initial apprehension of the cloud, but plenty of new apprehensions are still emerging. The hybrid cloud, for instance, is giving many pause. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kevin Casey describes and debunks four misconceptions of the hybrid cloud:

  1. Hybrid cloud means sacrificing governance and security.
  2. Hybrid cloud won’t deliver the same level of performance and availability as exclusively on-premises infrastructure.
  3. Significant on-premises infrastructure investments preclude cloud adoption.
  4. All cloud environments have a lot in common.

Cloud Clashes

On the face of it, it really does sound like governance and security will take a hit when venturing to hybrid cloud. But the cloud offers significantly more visibility and customization options than it did a few years ago, so the situation leaves IT far from powerless. As long as they do their homework and also stay current with the functionality of platforms and providers, they can maintain an acceptable level of control. Likewise, properly managed, hybrid cloud performance is pretty stellar even compared with on-premises systems.

Incidentally, many IT organizations are treating an abundance of entrenched legacy technology as a great reason to pursue hybrid cloud solutions, rather than an excuse to avoid it:

… with the exception of especially monolithic legacy systems, cloud projects don’t require scrapping existing investments or doing cumbersome modernization overhauls. It’s a matter of choosing the right software tools and implementation standards, as well as the correct cloud architecture for your organization, he adds. Moreover, the hybrid approach may actually be the most attainable strategy for companies with considerable on-premises investments.

“For a lot of organizations [that] need to migrate legacy/existing systems running on-premises to the cloud, a hybrid cloud architecture is a feasible next step, instead of going big-bang in migrating every piece of your technology stack to cloud-based technology,” [Gavin Woods, PITSS director of consulting,] says.

The proliferation of cloud technology actually means that there are more differences in architecture to keep in mind, rather than fewer. It is crucial to study the nuances of cloud platforms to understand which one really caters the best to your unique circumstances.

For a more detailed discussion of these ideas, you can view the original article here:

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