As cloud technology is adopted by companies that you work with, many implement a hybrid cloud solution by necessity. The reason may be because of a legacy system that is better kept on-premise or a reluctance to make a full move to the cloud because of a variety of potential problems, such as security or cost.
For a company that’s new to the cloud, it may seem wise to try data storage in the cloud or purchase a subscription for a minor software solution they’re implementing. For many companies, a hybrid cloud environment becomes the end game, not because that’s what’s intended, but because of a lack of direction in planning.
What’s Included in a Hybrid Cloud Solution
Part of the confusion with hybrid cloud solutions is that there are so many configurations that fit into that definition. It could apply to a company that’s running both public and private cloud solutions, or a combination of cloud and on-premise solutions. It may also define an environment where everything is kept in-house except for a couple of isolated software platforms that the company is trying on the cloud.
The Danger of Staying With a Hybrid Cloud Option
There are some drawbacks in a hybrid cloud solution. Some companies find that they are losing control of some of their data and processes without the cost savings of a cloud integration. After all, the purpose of the hybrid cloud option is to optimize the cost savings, infrastructure goals, productivity and efficiency by maximizing the benefits of both cloud and on-premise solutions.
In many instances, the lack of a comprehensive digital transformation plan leaves companies stuck in what was supposed to be a transition phase with a hybrid cloud solution. A company may find that they are often needing to interact with a third-party provider, and realizing none of the planned benefits of focusing on innovation instead of maintenance.
The Remedy for Hybrid Cloud Frustration
It’s usually best for companies to lean in one direction or another with their IT strategy, either focusing their efforts on a complete move to the cloud or augmenting an on-site system with a few cloud solutions that optimize their processes.
What’s most important is the development of a detailed strategy, either a digital transformation plan, if the company decides to move toward cloud technology, or a plan for optimizing on-site systems. Any plan should include guidelines for cloud placement and clear information about who is authorized to make that decision.
Do you want to know more about guiding your customers to either a cloud environment or supporting them in their efforts to maintain and develop on-site systems? Talk with eXemplify where we can offer insight into avoiding situations where a hybrid cloud transitional phase becomes stuck there.