When Moving to a Hybrid Cloud Environment Can Be Beneficial
To optimize the economic benefit of moving to a hybrid cloud environment, you must first have a good understanding of your workload requirements. An organization typically has many different types of workloads to manage in its data center, and some of these workloads will be a better fit than others for a hybrid cloud environment.
Commodity workloads, such as everyday e-mail, collaboration, and messaging applications, are straightforward and well-defined business processes executed over and over again. The economic benefit for workloads with these characteristics comes from leveraging cloud capabilities such as standardization, optimization, and scalability. A commodity workload such as an e-mail application is a good fit for the cloud.
A customer-facing financial application in the heavily regulated financial industry is not likely to be a good fit for the cloud because of security concerns. The reason for this is that any potential economic benefit from the cloud is outweighed by security and compliance issues. An organization may have specialized workloads that are used occasionally by a select group of users. These specialized workloads may have run effectively for many years in the internal data center, so there may be no economic benefit in moving them to the cloud.
After you evaluate your mix of workloads, you will find many situations where the standardization, flexibility, and scalability of the cloud can deliver outstanding economic benefit.
A move to the cloud is likely to deliver an economic benefit if you need the following:
Increased capacity: Your organization is ramping up for a new but short-term initiative, and you temporarily need some extra CPU capacity and extra storage.
A Software as a Service (SaaS) solution: As your company has grown and diversified, everyone on your distributed sales force seems to be running a different version of your internal sales automation tool. You have recently lost out on some big deals based on discrepancies in customer and prospect data across different sales teams.
You decide that implementing a SaaS solution to run your sales automation will ensure that all members of the sales team have consistent and accurate information when they need it.
Scaled application service: Running your e-mail system requires more and more servers and lots of system administration time spent on maintenance and upgrades. You decide that a massively scaled application service in the cloud will deliver the performance you require and allow you to move the skilled administration team to focus on other projects.