Application performance directly impacts customer experience (CX). Cloud admins need to be able to correlate the UX of the application with the hybrid infrastructure. Monitoring tools that provide insights into how customers interact with applications across browsers and devices are the need of the hour. If user journey hotspots and UX glitches can be mapped to application flows, it enables better identification and diagnosis of anomalies across all cloud services.
Put in Place a Hybrid Cloud Management Strategy
While it is easy to see the business benefits of a hybrid cloud setup, effective cloud infrastructure management is essential for sustained performance, availability, resilience and on-demand scaling of resources.
An in-depth understanding of business goals, user requirements, industry regulations, data governance and security are critical to successful hybrid cloud deployment and administration. This calls for a comprehensive cloud management strategy that accounts for:
Unified management – Relying on multiple interfaces and dashboards for different components or environments within a hybrid cloud is a recipe for disaster. Implement a single management and control plane that aggregates data from all cloud and on-prem systems within the hybrid infrastructure. A centralized system for monitoring and reporting makes cloud management much simpler.
Further, a “single pane of glass” management interface enables real-time orchestration and automatic provisioning of cloud resources while abstracting the complexity of the underlying platform and application/database stacks.
Security and governance – A hybrid cloud necessitates homogenous security interfaces across multiple environments with frameworks such as Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA).
Workload suitability – Figuring out which workloads run well in public clouds and which run better on-prem is key to fulfilling the very goals implementing a hybrid cloud environment. Admins need to evaluate dozens of other things that impact performance, including mapping out applications, estimating the business value they deliver over time, constructing private-public interfaces, monitoring latencies, meeting user requirements, and so on.
“Exploiting cloud successfully and safely requires multiple domains to coordinate and develop a business-driven decision framework and best-practice IT operational models,” said David Cearley, Research Vice President and Fellow at Gartner.
“This helps to standardize cloud strategy across an organization, while allowing for an approach that will meet the unique needs of different use cases and business units,” Cearley said.
A Brave, New Hybrid World
Cloud computing is one of the major driving forces behind digital transformation initiatives today. Hybrid clouds performing at optimum levels give organizations key competitive advantages, the agility to operate in new markets, the leverage to try new business models, and serve customers better.
The primary benefit for businesses in improving hybrid cloud performance is not cost savings, faster time-to-market or even operational efficiency.
“A managed approach to hybrid cloud provides enterprises with the ability to ‘offload’ some of their IT operations and focus more on their business objectives,” said Michael Ritchken, Principal Consultant, Cloud Computing Services at Dimension Data.
“At the end of the day, it’s ultimately about delivering business value.”