Transitioning to a Hybrid Cloud? Here’s How to Determine Your Capacity Needs

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Now that you've decided on a hybrid cloud solution, you need to determine the necessary capacity and usage. Transitioning to any new IT infrastructure requires very careful planning, and capacity planning is an important part of this. You will need to review your organization's present usage in addition to projecting out the resources that you will need in the future.

Review Your Current Usage

Determining your capacity needs begins with reviewing your current usage. You will need data regarding your peak traffic and resource needs in addition to your average requirements. Ideally your system will need to compensate for increased load while still avoiding the maintenance and cost of unnecessary resources. One of the best things about cloud technology is that it is both elastic and scalable, but you still need to have a reliable starting point.

 

Study Your Applications

In a hybrid solution, one of your first determining factors will be which applications are going to live on-premise and which applications are going to live on the cloud. This can be a complex issue; you need to determine which applications are best suited to a cloud environment and which applications will not gain anything from the transition. Applications that need low latency and heightened security, such as your backups, are often better on an on-premise server, whereas applications that need accessibility and scalability are generally better on a cloud solution. 

Building Analytic Models

You will need to project out how much your network needs will grow in the future. This can be done through the analysis of your past growth. Build out models that show how your network is presently growing. You need to be able to give yourself enough room to scale in the near future. You should also consider any future plans for growth; your analytical models may not otherwise be accurate predictors of the future. 

Simulate Your Deployment

Though it may be a somewhat time consuming process, it's still important to simulate deployments before committing to them. Run rigorous tests regarding not only the average loads but also peak traffic, to ensure that the system operates correctly and that business interruption doesn't occur. Your analysis will need some buffer to also compensate for any unanticipated loads, and you will need to analyze both sides of your hybrid solution in addition to how well they work together.

Still unsure of your capacity needs? CWPS can help you develop a hybrid migration plan. Contact CWPS today to find out more about transitioning to the cloud.

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3 Reasons to Move to a Hybrid Cloud Solution in the New Year

Hybrid_Cloud_Solution-1.jpgHybrid cloud solutions are rapidly increasing in popularity as a best-of-both-worlds solution. Through a hybrid cloud deployment model, modern businesses can maintain private on-premise infrastructure while still acquiring all the benefits of a hosted cloud solution. Organizations still on the fence about a switch to cloud technology may want to consider a transition in the coming year, for a few major reasons.

Efficiency: Reduce Latency and Improve Productivity

A hybrid cloud solution gives an organization the speed and efficiency of an on-premise solution in addition to the resources and failover services of the cloud. An entirely cloud hosted solution may have latency issues when dealing with internal network operations, as everything is reliant upon the speed of Internet access. Likewise, an entirely on-premise solution will only have the resources available that the business can invest in, and equipment can quickly become outpaced. By improving the speed and efficiency of the IT infrastructure of an organization, productivity can also be increased.

Security: Keep Your Confidential and Sensitive Information Safe

Cloud solutions are not inherently unsafe, but they do have numerous risk factors that a private, on-premise server does not. Many organizations are worried that they could lose data on the cloud or suffer from a compromise, leading analysts to believe that a hybrid cloud deployment model is the best solution. About 13% of organizations have refrained from utilizing the cloud due to security issues, while 44% of organizations prefer the idea of a hybrid cloud solution when considering issues of privacy and security. On-premise solutions can keep private, confidential information safe while still giving an organization the advantages of cloud resources.

Scalability: Requisition the Resources You Need, When You Need Them

Organizations that are swiftly growing will find hybrid cloud solutions a cost-effective and versatile model. With a solely on-premise solution, organizations will often find that they will frequently need to upgrade their equipment and invest in a new IT infrastructure, if they are to maintain their growth. Hybrid cloud solutions will grow with a business, allowing the organization to requisition new resources whenever they need them. This can be exceptionally useful for organizations that have highly variable system requirements -- for instance, businesses that have seasonal activity, such as most retail organizations.

A hybrid cloud solution offers all of the benefits of the cloud while also addressing some of the major concerns that business owners have. Hybrid clouds have all of the technological advances of cloud technology without any of the potential security issues, making them an extremely flexible and versatile solution.

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The Key Benefits to Using Local Backup for Your Hybrid Solution

Local backups aren't obsolete - far from it. If you have a hybrid cloud solution, there are still some major advantages to keeping some or all of your data backed up on site. Local backups are often better secured, more accessible, and faster to deploy in the event of an emergency. Additionally, in a hybrid solution, there may also be resources that need to be limited to the internal network.

Improving the Accessibility of Your Data

A local backup is inherently more accessible to your employees, especially in the event of a business disruption. Local backups also tend to be more reliable and less resource-consuming, as the system is being backed up over the same network. By always knowing where your local backups are, you can ensure the timely restoration and deployment of these backups when issues occur. You can also look through your backups for lost files and recover information as needed. If your cloud platform is inaccessible or Internet access has been disrupted, you will still be able to acquire your local backup copies to continue business.

Keeping Control Over Your Local Data

In a hybrid cloud solution, there will be certain information that you keep within your corporate network. In order to keep control over this information (and to keep it appropriately secured), it usually must stay within that internal network. By keeping local backups of privileged data, you ensure that all of the data is properly secured with the necessary protocols. If you have any security concerns related to the cloud, this only makes sense: otherwise you would be exposing your information regardless of your internal IT infrastructure.

Storing a Redundant Copy of Your Data

It's never a good idea to rely solely upon a single backup or type of backup. Local data backup can work in tandem with a cloud backup solution to make sure that you have the copies of your system and files that you need in the event that something goes awry. By keeping a redundant copy of your data, you will be able to restore your information even if one system is corrupted, if files have been overwritten, if backups haven't been processed correctly, or if the backups are otherwise inaccessible to you at the time of a data emergency.

Of course, cloud backup solutions are also valuable: they just aren't always the only solution that should be used to secure your data. Ideally, a hybrid solution should have a hybrid backup system: backups should be kept on both local storage and cloud storage, redundantly. This offers a dual system with the combined benefits of both and the drawbacks of neither.

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