Shortages in the global supply chain are drastically affecting the entire technology industry, affecting both the availability and pricing of IT hardware, as companies struggle to secure semiconductor chips, servers, and other key hardware components needed for their data center and IT infrastructure. This shortfall likely won’t be fully resolved for at least another year, proving the importance of CIOs and IT decision-makers finding ways to efficiently and effectively leverage cloud resources to keep digital transformation efforts on track.
The cloud offers an attractive solution to this widespread problem in the field of information technology. However, most CIOs will face significant hurdles when looking to move their IT infrastructure, temporarily or long-term, to the cloud. Enabling applications, including the most business-critical ones, to run in the public cloud when they are not built to do so requires a costly and time-consuming debt rebuilding process. This is often so cumbersome that it is simply not an option for many, and certainly not a quick fix. Operations often get disrupted when moving from the on-premises data center to the public cloud as the two require different skill sets for management as well as different policies for security, data protection, and governance. This leaves IT leaders with limited options for managing supply chain issues.
Bridging the gap between local and public cloud
Hybrid multi-cloud, or IT environment that provides unified operations and management of infrastructure across both private and public clouds, is fully configured to help bridge the gap that businesses face due to supply chain issues. This IT operating model enables companies to run their existing applications, including business-critical applications, on public clouds in the same way they would in their existing data centers, without rebuilding.
Implementation can be a temporary bridging measure to weather the current disruption, but the increased flexibility, streamlined processes, and significant cost savings it provides should also be an important consideration for future cloud business strategies. In particular, a hybrid multicloud can provide a long-term solution to many of the challenges businesses face when managing multiple cloud environments.
Here are three ways a hybrid multi-cloud platform can help organizations currently facing a shortage of IT devices while also planning future cloud journeys:
1. Enable flexibility and agility
Hybrid multi-cloud enables seamless transition of applications across local and different clouds without making any changes to the application. As we enter a new normal where uncertainty is common, multi-hybrid cloud resilience provides access to flexible, on-demand resources to drive scale and cost velocity as needed. Streamlined cost and operations with a standardized level of management ensure flexibility in choosing the right cloud for each workload without additional operational and technical costs.
Businesses can easily scale to the public cloud and then bring workloads back on premises — once supply chain issues have subsided — or to another cloud service provider. For example, a clothing retailer Land’s End leverages multiple hybrid clouds to deploy its virtual desktops in the public cloud during peak shopping seasons. It allows retailers to expand quickly when needed to meet customer demand. Cost savings can also be achieved by removing the need for different teams to manage each cloud environment, as well as eliminating the need for complex application restructuring efforts.
2. Provide scalable capacity
Companies can see up to 97% faster deploying infrastructure in the cloud from day to day compared to on-premises, according to ESG. One of the main advantages of a hybrid multi-cloud is the ability to scale capacity quickly but also the flexibility to ultimately choose the right cloud for each workload, including the option to bring the workload back on premises. This approach gives organizations the opportunity to definitively see required capacity without the costly and time-consuming process of manually closing and migrating services. For example, a large US government agency makes use of the hybrid multicloud to rapidly scale public clouds when custom environments are required for new projects; When workloads are stable, they supply the required hardware and bring it back to the workplace for more control and long-term cost improvement.
Whether it’s for seasonal demands or as part of their end-to-end cloud journey, a hybrid multi-cloud is ideally suited for organizations that need to add capacity quickly. This is especially true when speed is of the essence and the added capacity is a lengthy process.
3. Simplify operations
One of the main advantages of a multi-hybrid cloud is the ability to maintain the same operations, data protection, data security, and performance between the public cloud and on-premises data centers. This consistency and simplified operations across different clouds reduces the labor required to launch and operate while ensuring efficiency and reducing risk. A unified management plane can deliver the same infrastructure and workload anywhere. This single management platform also removes the need for separate teams to manage each environment, or reconfigure teams, and greatly simplifies the migration of applications between the cloud.
As organizations continue to face supply chain challenges, the right hybrid multicloud strategy can help them address short-term capacity constraints. Most importantly, being able to take advantage of the scalability of the public cloud without having to rebuild applications or disrupt existing IT operations, can help organizations better respond to future disruptions and changes without affecting business operations.