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Fifteen questions to consider

Bringing Sanity to Evaluating Hybrid Cloud

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace. To keep up, organizations must now take more strategic approaches to their business management solutions that support respective requirements. Today, in every organization, conflicting interests, misinformation, and fear of change make it difficult to know how to navigate the cloud safely. That's why, when making a sensible technology plan for the times ahead, it's crucial to ask the following questions to wade through the confusion.

1. What regulatory requirements govern your data?
Understanding the state and federal compliance requirements that apply to one's business data is a process, not an event. Data protection requirements are increasingly strict, while enforcement penalties are on the rise. That's why businesses need to define and document specific compliance requirements. One major factor driving demand for cloud services is how tricky it is for internal IT resources to remain ahead of such regulations as HITECH/HIPAA or PCI DSS.

2. What are your internal data compliance requirements?
Organizations need to be able to demonstrate consistent procedures to protect customer, vendor and employee data. Per organization, internal security requirements are unique depending on factors like customer interactions, employee work environments, business activity and data sensitivity. Cloud is one tool that can help reduce organizational risk in documentation and security standards. Additionally, hybrid cloud allows you to choose where to place your most sensitive data.

3. How will your growth plans affect workloads?
When looking at the applications companies use to support operations, it's important to look ahead to the next phase of growth. International expansion, targeting new markets, supporting a more mobile workforce and a host of other growth-related factors affect the way one leverages the cloud. A hybrid cloud model can be designed that supports current requirements, which also has the potential to accelerate speed-to-market for new products and services.

4. What security and availability does each workload require?
ERP, CRM, Line of Business applications, productivity solutions and the underlying data for each workload require different levels of security and availability. By identifying high-impact and regulated workloads, organizations can ensure appropriate infrastructure is in place to support them. A hybrid cloud architecture can support a combination of on-prem and private cloud - used for the highest levels of control and security - and public cloud - to take advantage of cost savings.

5. What is your tolerance for outages for each workload?
Every business has become critically dependent on electronic commerce, from data transmission, to mobile workers, to online customer communication. Yet there is inherent risk to that commerce, regardless of where data and applications reside. By analyzing the impact of an outage to mission-critical business processes, you can take a systematic approach to disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

6. What is your business continuity plan?
Business continuity and disaster recovery are two different issues. A disaster recovery plan focuses mainly on restoring IT infrastructure and operations post-crisis. A business continuity plan explores an entire organization's operations under duress. Hybrid cloud is a cost-effective buffer during interruption of operations by maximizing access to critical data and applications in the shortest time possible.

7. What is your disaster recovery plan?
The cloud has significantly increased disaster recovery options for companies, and keeps on evolving. Currently there isn't a single blueprint for disaster recovery in the cloud. By determining the recovery time objectives for workloads, you can develop a systematic disaster recovery approach.

8. Are your internal IT teams able to meet your requirements?
For most organizations, security has become the primary concern of the IT department. At the same time, businesses need their technical experts to make the best use of current and upcoming technology. There are few companies that can afford the investment in IT resources to manage both initiatives well. By moving to the cloud, you can leverage the huge investments cloud providers make in facilities, hardware, software, security and compliance, and highly trained staff to protect assets with proven protocols and processes.

9. How can you maximize the value of your IT resources?
The cost of aging technology is high. Hardware depreciates rapidly. Integrating, securing and scaling IT platforms requires effort and expertise. Cloud-based infrastructure provides an opportunity to consider IT ecosystems holistically. Considering hybrid cloud allows you to evaluate each workload and determine how it should fit in your combined environment of cloud and on-prem.

10. Can you simplify operations with hybrid cloud?
For most companies, internally supporting an entire technology platform is expensive and distracting. As applications become outdated, more time gets spent patching and working around the system. Hybrid cloud allows organizations to upgrade and implement modern applications to simplify operations and improve productivity.

11. Are you maximizing infrastructure cost savings?
The old, unwieldy IT model of on-prem servers and upgrading applications every 3-5 years no longer works. Rising customer expectations put continuous pressure on organizations to adopt the latest technology, which means applications need to be up-to-date and infrastructure needs to be adaptable. With the cloud, on-prem, private cloud and public cloud can be combined to design a business platform meeting a business's and its customers' unique needs.

12. What is your application strategy?
Fear of expensive and drawn out implementations and training employees on new software make companies wary of change. Hybrid cloud changes the playing field for application modernization as organizations can take advantage of services and platforms to move from reactive to proactive.

13. How can you best support business processes?
The next generation of application modernization comes from incredible innovation the cloud supports. Migration to the cloud provides an opportunity to evaluate business processes and support them with modern applications that are global in nature, scalable by design and always available.

14. Could the cloud accelerate growth?
Cloud computing has unveiled a broad range of services previously only available to large companies. In addition, cloud computing allows companies to stay on the cutting edge, automatically receiving new functionality and innovative new solutions. Through hybrid cloud, organizations can accelerate response to change to boost competitiveness, expand services and improve customer experiences.

15. What services do you need from a cloud partner?
Cloud services come in all shapes and sizes, offering a wide variety of capabilities and levels of support. Hybrid cloud has blossomed into a go-to solution designed to better aid companies in streamlining their operations and improve customer experiences. In considering these questions, organizations can better adapt to ever-changing technology developments while, at the same time, keeping their technological sanity intact.

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