3 Aspects That You Must Have in Place for Excellent Hybrid Cloud Performance

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As cloud computing continues to mature in the enterprise, the service model that seems to be resonating with many companies is the hybrid cloud model (see an excellent snapshot of different cloud types in infographic format here).

According to industry firm IDC, hybrid cloud is well on its way to becoming a dominant model in the corporate IT landscape, with just as much applicability to small and medium business environments as larger enterprises.

Classify and Categorize Your Applications

A critical component of hybrid cloud planning is the classification and categorization of your primary applications. Hybrid clouds typically split applications between the public and private side, with some components residing in the public cloud, and other elements residing in the private cloud. We touched on this in one of our earlier posts titled Strategies and Reasons for Implementing Hybrid Cloud.

But not all applications are created equal, and different applications have different levels of sensitivity when it comes to things like latency and network issues. That’s why it’s important to understand what applications will be moving where in your hybrid cloud, which of those applications are most important and complex, and how those applications will likely perform once migrated.

Once you know which applications will migrate to your hybrid cloud and which applications are the most important to your business, you can prioritize your migration, testing, and acceptance phases accordingly, spending the most time on those applications that are both the most critical and the most complex.

Use an Agile Approach

The Agile development methodology works for more than application development – it’s also a useful approach for architecture design and migration planning. Agile methodology emphasizes an incremental, milestone-based approach that produces an initially viable baseline, followed by iterations to increase functionality over time. This contrasts with a more traditional all-or-nothing waterfall project approach, which often results in massive scale and complexity, resulting in inevitable scope creep and schedule slips.

By taking a phased, incremental approach, you can combine the quick-hit success of an early initial deployment with a controlled, phased migration that greatly increases your chances of a successful integration into a hybrid cloud environment.

Make WAN Connectivity Central to your Cloud Strategy

One thing that has become increasingly clear about cloud computing in general is the critical importance of networking. In fact, it’s vital to understand both how important the network is to your cloud strategy, and the elements that you need to focus on to achieve excellent hybrid cloud performance.

Hybrid Cloud Performance and WAN connectivity are really two sides of the same coin – in other words, you can’t have one without the other. Access to your applications, from both your HQ and your remote offices, will be greatly enhanced if you’ve considered your WAN network architecture beforehand – this goes for the private cloud aspect as well as public cloud access. By focusing on your network, you’re also focusing on your hybrid cloud performance. As mentioned above, the two go hand in hand.

Some of the key aspects of WAN connectivity to focus on include:

  • Reliability and Uptime – if your network has uptime issues, your hybrid cloud performance will have issues as well.
  • Bandwidth – Still as important as ever, bandwidth is critical to the overall performance of your hybrid cloud. Bandwidth optimization should be considered here, if it hasn’t already.
  • QoS Support Capabilities – Just as you need to prioritize your applications, so too you also need to prioritize your network traffic. Your network needs to be able to support that, ensuring that critical traffic takes precedence.

If planned and migrated carefully, hybrid cloud architectures offer real performance improvements and flexible scalability, all with keeping the upfront and operating costs under control.

Cahit Akin, CEO, Mushroom Networks, Inc. 

Mushroom Networks is the provider of SD-WAN (Software Defined WAN) and NFV solutions capable of Broadband Bonding that enables self-healing WAN networks that route around network problems such as latency, jitter and packet loss.



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