Cloud Landscape

The 4 C’s Of Hybrid Cloud

By May 31, 2018 55 Comments

Often as I’m drafting my blog posts, I find myself wanting to add context to the voice that pens the words on the screen, to help understand both where I’ve been but also where I’m going. When we talk to people it is our experiences that help tell the story we are conveying, that humanisation builds relationships.

In June it will be a year since I married my Wife, Louise. Now for anyone that has proposed to someone, would have read or listened to someone define what makes a stunning diamond, after all its an incredible investment, not too dissimilar to an organisation’s hybrid cloud, careful thought and planning is taken on the platforms that you believe will help you be more effective and competitive in the market.

When buying a diamond, you have the 4 c’s to help you make that decision they include; Colour, Clarity, Carat size, and Cut, for every diamond you can measure it with something quantitative using these 4 elements, the final element, however, is a qualitative measure. How does it look with the context of your future bride wearing it? will it suit them? will they like it? this is something only you can answer.

By that virtue, Cloud vendors are very much the same, you can measure their capabilities in a quantifiable way, but how they will work for your organisation is something that only your organisation can answer. Managing multiple clouds with applications running across those clouds is fast becoming the reality. IT operations being pulled to be more agile, Development pushing boundaries of the existing mechanisms, and CIO’s having the responsibility to ensure that IT acts as an enabler of innovation while also establishing a proper governance model and complying to regulations.

Using the Four C’s of managing Hybrid Clouds discussed here will help to ensure that your organisation can deliver services quickly and most effectively.

Cognisance: The traditional ideas of monitoring, logging, and tracing that has traditionally plagued infrastructure has transformed with cloud-native applications and hybrid cloud. Being aware, having observability and being proactive with lifecycle and rightsizing has become the core part of IT operations. With multiple clouds, being cognisant of your applications and your services becomes even more critical, and will enable the IT organisation to not just be responsive but adapt and anticipate.

Consumption:  There’s a tendency to think of innovation as the next gadget, or adding new features onto existing ones, however, the most powerful forms of innovation don’t manifest themselves in new gimmicks. They take the form of better end-user experiences. And one of the best ways to improve any experience is to simplify it; to remove complications. Managing multiple cloud environments, each with their own proprietary API’s, Management Platforms, reporting, costs etc creates friction, driving the likelihood that developers use services directly from a single cloud provider, leading to shadow IT.  The very success of cloud lies in lower barrier to entry for consuming cloud services. A standardised, seamless interface or API to consume any cloud service from any of your providers is a key requirement. Scalr provides not only an easy way to consume the services but the features are mapped to the native features available with the cloud providers, enabling things like infrastructure and Platform as code.

Cost: As cloud and cloud services have evolved, IT spending has become more predictable a pay-as-you-go financial model. Replacing costly cyclic infrastructure builds with smaller, ongoing costs allows IT to bring more value to the business. With hybrid cloud organisations gain the flexibility to take advantage of the competition among cloud providers, however, without the correct control processes or global visibility in place, it can result in runaway costs due to unused resources and unexpected consumption. Cost management is vital not only to keep costs under control across business units, projects, and teams, but also in estimating the ROI of new projects. Without this insight and ability to place guardrails organisations usually resort to speculation, leading to costly failures and over budget projects.

Compliance: Governance in a silo or independent for each cloud will be lead to complexity and ultimately failure. when managing multiple clouds, or indeed hybrid cloud solutions, organisations should integrate a security and compliance framework directly into their service delivery model forming a part of the service catalogue. This can involve elements such as locality or access, This approach gives users as much or as little transparency and control into critical security standards as needed by the business.

Scalr, as the leader in Hybrid Cloud Management, can help organisations fully consume the quantitative features each of the clouds deliver to them, whilst providing not just the benefits of the 4c’s aforementioned, but with a qualitative feature that works for your organisation, thus enabling you to have a competitive advantage and deliver services in the digital market with hybrid cloud.