5 Hybrid Cloud Gotchas

By | June 11, 2014

Mixing public and private can deliver the best of both cloud worlds. But beware management complexity, cost volatility, data protection, and other potential snafus.tScreen Shot 2014-06-11 at 1.18.24 PM,

Hybrid clouds are the future of enterprise computing. Forty-seven percent of the nearly 400 respondents to InformationWeek’s new Hybrid Cloud Survey have implemented or are actively piloting or developing private clouds, with an additional 33% considering. The majority of that 47% have or are developing hybrid systems, in which workloads can shuttle to public cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM SoftLayer, or Microsoft Azure. The downside to hybrid clouds is that this is a new model, and it inherits many of the problems besetting both private and public clouds.

Unfortunately, there’s still no such thing as a free lunch. Hybrid clouds are more difficult to design, integrate, manage, monitor, and secure. They’re almost guaranteed to create friction between siloed IT groups. And unless workloads are well understood and carefully watched, they can generate cost spikes that wipe out expected savings.

In this report I lay out key challenges and considerations when building a hybrid cloud.