Integrating and Optimizing a Hybrid Cloud Management System

Hybrid clouds combine the strengths and benefits of on-premises computing and cloud computing. Data and programs on companies’ premises are more secure and permit the companies greater control and management. On the other hand, public clouds are simpler to manage and scale. Companies with solid, well-executed hybrid cloud management plans can apply the benefits of both systems. Managed cloud providers can be a great asset in creating and maintaining an effective managed cloud system. Here are five tips to optimize your Hybrid Cloud System.

 

Monitor and Manage Data Ingress and Data Egress

Data ingress refers to data entering a cloud, whereas data egress describes data being transferred out of a cloud. Moving or copying data from one cloud to another is slower than moving data within the same cloud. Also, data egress incurs additional fees. Companies should create and enforce policies to handle data ingress and data egress to maximize cloud performance and keep costs manageable. A managed cloud provider helps track ingress and egress.

 

Favor Third-Party Cloud Tools Over Native Tools

Native cloud tools are not compatible with on-premises resources or private clouds. Third-party cloud tools offer wider compatibility and can operate with public clouds, private clouds, and on-premises resources. Companies should seek third-party cloud tools as often as possible to maximize their investment.

 

Be Ready to Change Cloud Strategies

Businesses need to adapt, change, and scale up or down during their life cycles. Hybrid cloud strategies and protocols should be flexible enough to adjust to the companies’ changes. Costs associated with data storage, expansion efforts, and partnerships with vendors are examples of factors that would require companies to alter their hybrid cloud strategies.

 

Create and Enforce a Cloud Governance Strategy

As is the case with on-premises business networks, hybrid cloud computing services must be constantly managed for security and efficiency. Companies must generate firm – yet flexible – rules, regulations, and guidelines that define factors such as default user permissions. Furthermore, companies with hybrid cloud configurations should confirm that the policies apply equally to on-premises resources, private clouds, and public clouds.

 

Create an Abstraction Layer

Managing a complex system can be daunting for admins who are forced to dive into individual components to troubleshoot problems and apply upgrades. Applying and maintaining a cloud abstraction layer will permit hybrid cloud admins to perform their fixes and duties through the abstraction layer instead of the individual components. Managed cloud services can create and manage abstraction layers, reducing the time and effort of hybrid cloud management.

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