As the cloud computing market continues to mature, different voices with different opinions emerge. Current and potential cloud adopters look to experts, vendors and other users to point out strengths and downfalls of the technology. How does cloud fit into enterprise IT?
The truth of the matter is, all workloads are not created equal (although wouldn’t that be nice!). That’s why a detailed assessment can help determine if an IT workload is most logically run in a cloud, now or in the future. It seems likely that for many workloads where cloud is advantageous, the popularity of the public cloud will rise above both private cloud and hybrid cloud deployments.
Public cloud options continue to get cheaper, they are addressing legacy regulatory hurdles and they are increasingly resolving some of the early concerns that IT buyers and users had about entrusting mission-critical cloud workloads to them. Yet many IT professionals are still struggling to confidently make decisions that will enable their organizations to fully reap the benefits of cloud computing. Ultimately, the benefits of investment and risk mitigation that come with the cloud are something that many executive stakeholders need to be nudged into realizing and embracing.
Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud?
Of course, there will always be workloads or situations that are more suited to a private or hybrid cloud deployment than to a public cloud. In a heavy industrial or smart factory setting, running steady workloads for long periods of time in a public cloud can be cost prohibitive. In other cases, some companies are steadfastly clinging to early investments in legacy hardware, data centers or people. In some industries there are still important legal, compliance or regulatory requirements to consider.
Choose Your Provider Wisely
IT vendors and cloud service providers (CSPs) know this, and there are many private cloud solutions on the market, some with compelling IP that can further enable a true Hybrid IT solution with enterprise performance and lower cost. However, all clouds and cloud service providers are not created equal, and each can bring unique value based on business workloads and critical applications.
It is a brave new IT world we live in as companies rapidly utilize multiple CSPs based for optimum workload efficiencies and agility. IT as a Service (ITaaS) continues to evolve into Hybrid IT automation and orchestration across multi-cloud platforms for many global and multinational companies.
Enter Multi-Cloud Management
Multi-cloud management strategies and automation helps IT teams more easily execute workloads on the most compatible Hybrid IT platform for deployment. It can also help IT and DevOps business owners manage their risk with better visibility so they can ultimately achieve a faster path to innovation and revenue growth. At the foundation of it all, the improved control and automation also helps ensure infrastructure and application uptime and reliability.
Today, emerging companies are entering a cloud-agnostic market, enabling the migration of workloads based on the best OpEx, reliability and advanced services. This creates an opportunity to help guide executives who are navigating through contracts and SLAs from CSPs, all while needing to keep in mind risk mitigation and security essential to their bottom line.
Hybrid IT will be a mainstay for many years to come because legacy hardware and platforms are too costly to upgrade for many companies. Customers need the technology and resources to manage an ever-shifting and evolving business. CenturyLink has constructed a model that offers multi-cloud management and orchestration in concert with anytime access to managed services. CenturyLink is established in this market and owns key assets in the Hybrid IT model: the network and infrastructure. The network backbone and cloud infrastructure are critical assets to ensure the best resiliency and availability which in combination with our IT expertise to manage your infrastructure can help c-levels sleep better at night.
For more guidance on how to best match workloads to your cloud environments and what to look for in your cloud provider, take a look at this IDC white paper.