Hybrid Cloud Challenges and Benefits

The concept of cloud computing goes back to the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the last 15 years that it became so mainstream. Because it is a service driven largely on value and rapid scale-out, it proved to be less foolproof when it came to security and reliability. Enter hybrid cloud, offering ways to deal with security issues, while ensuring greater reliability.

Fast forward to now and hybrid cloud faces challenges of its own for businesses migrating to a public cloud. Security, compliance, migration, scheduling, and access to monitoring tools have emerged as hybrid cloud issues. Combine those things with companies using a multi-cloud strategy to get services from different cloud providers and the problems get worse.

That’s not to say that any of these issues are impossible to overcome and manage. It’s simply a matter of knowing what the pain points are and working with hybrid cloud providers who know their stuff.

Here are some of the potential challenges of hybrid cloud adoption that should be clearly understood to best manage them.

Security Risks

A data breach or data loss is probably the biggest challenge facing hybrid cloud adoption. One of the main reasons for having an on-premises cloud is to protect sensitive data. Potential transfer of this sensitive data must be strictly controlled via policies and procedure, together with network security.

Compliance

Compliance with government regulatory agencies is one of the most important considerations facing hybrid cloud. To ensure compliance, the components of a hybrid cloud model should be gauged as separate settings. Compliance should take place early in the implementation process. Doing it later could be troublesome and expensive.

Service Level Agreements

Consider how you present SLAs to your customers and make sure they reflect the service level you are providing. Promise only what you can deliver.

Human Error

Research shows that more than half of all cyberattacks can be traced back to human error. This can arise from sensitive data going to the wrong people, using unsecured devices to access data, and even mistakenly setting up core infrastructure. Ongoing education and training of all employees is imperative.

Continuous Management / Monitoring

Integrating existing monitoring and management on-premises tools is a must. Doing this requires effort and takes time to ensure viability, but hybrid cloud must meet this need.

It’s true that hybrid cloud comes with its own challenges, but the benefits are impressive and  include reduced costs, ability to shift workloads between clouds, scalability and protecting sensitive data by local isolation. The key is understanding the obstacles so the challenges can be met with solid solutions and partnering with the right hybrid cloud provider is step one.