After our visit to the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta last May we noted that OpenStack is already strongly backed by an impressive amount of both big and small companies, which indicates a strong momentum for OpenStack to become an integral computing component for enterprise IT. Cloud providers are listening and pushing hybrid cloud services onto the market, with players such as Red Hat, Amazon Web Services and VMware announcing their own hybrid cloud services, and third-party vendors such as Cloudyn are creating tools to manage & optimize cost and efficiency in hybrid cloud deployments.
The hybrid cloud enables enterprise to enjoy the benefits of the private cloud, which consists of on-premises solutions that yield increased control and, arguably, security, along with the advantages of moving workloads which are non-mission-critical to the public cloud, and with that, taking full advantage of its scale potential and agility.
It seems that enterprises are now realizing the benefits of migrating to the hybrid cloud model, and this is why it is of no surprise that Gartner says nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.
The OpenStack Foundation board of directors also mentioned during the Atlanta Summit, that OpenStack is aiming to succeed in the enterprise market, and to that end are getting community members directly involved in some of the projects.
With Great Value Come Risks
So the hybrid cloud model, which was formerly thought of as a stepping stone for a full private or public cloud is slowly showing its potential in being the final destination for enterprise IT. That said, even though the hybrid cloud model sounds like getting the best out of two worlds, it doesn’t come without its own risks, and there are disputes surrounding hybrid security and portability.
In order to properly move to hybrid, enterprises searching for a public cloud to integrate with its existing private cloud design should consider these two areas as well:
1. Security: Since hybrid architecture is an extension of the existing private cloud, enterprises should try and replicate their security best practices into the public cloud. This includes, for example: company ownership of server keys, encrypting data at all times, access management and operational ownership issues such as change management.
In addition, in order to assure the confidentiality of data flow, useraccess and application interaction,enterprises must examine the connection between the public and private clouds, and verify that this network connectivity isolates the transitions and the landing place within the public cloud.
2. Portability Across various clouds can be a very time-consuming work, but it may also yield the most strategic advantage for an organization. Being able to transfer computing resources, data, programming languages and, ultimately, applications across clouds will help enterprise realize the actual value of hybrid cloud.
The more an enterprise can extend existing best practices in these areas into public cloud deployment, the more it can be determined how cost-effective and functional the hybrid cloud model will be.
Managing Costs in the Hybrid Cloud
While understanding and managing cost in the public cloud can be challenging, at least vendors like AWS and Google provide basic pricing information and invoices. On the other hand, in private cloud, cost is completely uncharted and it’s totally on the end-user to figure out what it all is costing him.
Cloudyn’s Tools for OpenStack (and private cloud) address this by allowing the user to define their costs – such as hardware, electricity and the like – all wrapped seamlessly into the overall view of their computing consumption. Why not reserve your spot in our beta right now?