Legacy infrastructures are failing to meet the requirements of digital transformation. As enterprises become more hyperconnected and data-driven, IT must evolve from monolithic and manual to agile and automated. Hybrid cloud provides a platform for delivering flexible capacity with efficiency and cost control, yet many companies struggle with their hybrid cloud initiatives.
A successful hybrid cloud can accelerate, simplify, and reduce the costs of your infrastructure − but barriers to adoption can hold you back. Read this white paper to explore the three hybrid cloud roadblocks you can avoid with as-a-service hybrid cloud platforms that accelerate adoption and how as-a-service platforms ease hybrid cloud migration, management, and cost control.
The Evolution of Hybrid Cloud
Infrastructure agility is mission-critical to business due in large part to the accelerated pace of innovation. Yet instead of agility, some enterprises late to adopt cloud efficiency struggle with latency. Many that have implemented cloud resources have hastily deployed it in an ad hoc manner misaligned with a business strategy that fails to deliver efficiency. IT inefficiency is a significant cause for business failure, and it’s believed that as many as 70% of digital transformation projects fail to achieve their intended benefits (HPE, Accelerate Your Cloud Strategy, Jan. 2019.).
The companies most at risk of failure are the ones slowest to adopt cloud for scale, efficiency, and cost-savings. It has been shown that those slow to cloud adoption are operating with 65% of their operations running on traditional on-premises infrastructure, while market leaders only leverage on-premises capacity for 25% of operations with the rest running in a private cloud, IaaS, and SaaS solutions (IDC: IT Strategies to Accelerate Digital Transformation: How the Most Successful IT Organizations Stand Out from the Rest, March 2018.).
Ninety-five percent of IT leaders are embracing a cloud-first approach to infrastructure, with 97% of those operating a multi-cloud environment.
As the pressure for agile infrastructure mounts, enterprises must rethink their priorities — and many are putting hybrid cloud at the top of their list. Hybrid cloud delivers a mix of on-premises, public cloud, and private cloud capacity from which enterprises can embrace new technologies to meet changing business needs. Hybrid cloud is rising in adoption, and in 2019, 45% of enterprises have been utilizing the hybrid cloud approach (Flexera, “Right Scale’s annual State of the Cloud Report for 2019,” 2019.). With 94% of enterprises currently engaged in cloud computing, hybrid IT sales increased 7% from 2018 (HPE, “Transform to Rapid Cycle Application Delivery: A blueprint for cloud-native IT,” 2017.).
By 2025, 80% of organizations will have migrated away from on-premises data centers toward colocation, hosting, and the cloud (Computerworld, Cloud Computing Trends for 2019, Dec. 2018.).
Top reasons companies are embracing cloud include (Konica Minolta, Why SMBs Can’t Afford to Ignore the Hybrid Cloud, Jan. 2019.):
- 70% Reduce maintenance
- 68% Speed new technology adoption
- 64% Deliver services faster
- 58% Increase flexibility and market responsiveness
Benefits to Hybrid Cloud Adoption
- Accelerated time to value: Enterprises can embrace cloud-native operating models to shorten time to cloud and increase the speed of IT operations.
- Reduced IT costs: Companies can leverage consumption-based IT and continuous monitoring to reduce on-premises hardware TCO and align costs with business needs.
- Simplified operations: Businesses can tap into infrastructure automation to eliminate manual oversight of hybrid cloud so staff can focus on adding strategic business value.
- Improved compliance and security: Enterprises can retain regulated applications and data on-premises to reduce compliance risk.
Three Steps to Overcoming Hybrid Cloud Barriers
Close the Skills Gap
Resistance to change is a powerful IT barrier, and fear of new technology can hinder hybrid cloud adoption. Change is hard, and transition from legacy technology to a new-generation hybrid cloud infrastructure can be met with cultural resistance. This is a people problem, and the root cause of it is uncertainty; untrained staff lack the skill set needed to deploy and manage a hybrid cloud approach. Many IT leaders worry it will take IT to control out of their hands when it actually gives IT more control by letting staff stay focused on IT innovation.
Evolve internal culture and skills: To succeed in hybrid adoption, enterprises must first close this skills gap. One way to do this is by adopting an as-a-service hybrid cloud platform to ease strategy and integration. As-a-service hybrid cloud offerings such as HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud provide an automated, cloud-native model that eliminates the need for organizations to hire or train new staff to oversee and manage cloud implementations. Additionally, HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud provides a global team of cloud consulting experts to aid companies looking to transform their business with cloud adoption. These consultants work to provide an unbiased approach developed through more than 1,000 cloud transformation projects.
Find the Right Technology Mix
Hybrid cloud success is a technology challenge, and the wrong mix of hardware, software, and services can ultimately fail to align with business goals. There’s no one-size-fits-all hybrid cloud solution because every company has different requirements. For example, some companies have compliance requirements for secure data handling, such as those in healthcare and financial sector industries. A company operating exclusively on a legacy on-premises data center is going to have different needs than one that already has workloads and data in public clouds — or has implemented a multi-cloud solution. There are already more than 1,000,000 active AWS users, a strong indication that public cloud use is widespread (Contino, Who’s Using Amazon Web Services, Jan. 2017.). Additionally, a company looking to adopt new technologies such as IoT, AI, and other next-generation applications will need a hybrid cloud solution that can provide the capacity and scale to accommodate those initiatives.
Align cloud with enterprise needs: As-a-service hybrid cloud platforms can help enterprises achieve the right balance of technologies. For example, HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud is built on an automated toolset featuring HPE’s cloud management solutions and software-defined technology to support and operate hybrid cloud workloads (HPE, HPE Introduces Industry-first Service to Optimize Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Consumption, June 2018.). It’s purpose-built to ensure the right mix of hardware, software, and services based on business requirements for speed, security, scale, and affordability. In this way, enterprises can buy into the technology they need, when they need it, to take them further into their hybrid cloud transformation.
Ensure Cloud Economy
Hybrid cloud economy can be put at risk if deployment and management mistakes are made. By 2020, organizations that lack cost optimization processes will average 40% overspend in the public cloud (HPE, HPE Introduces Industry-first Service to Optimize Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Consumption, June 2018.). The signs of hybrid cloud failures are clear, and rising IT costs are chief among them. An enterprise that deploys a hybrid cloud strategy yet continues to see IT costs increasing should take this as a red flag that the configuration is out of step with business needs. The economy of hybrid cloud lies in the automation that aligns resources with workload demand — regardless of where those workloads reside. An overreliance on public cloud left uncontrolled (and underutilized) adds cost, not value, to the business. Over-architecting a private cloud solution can raise capital expenses and data center operating costs. True hybrid cloud economy comes when the enterprise has achieved the right balance of capital and operational expenses.
Establish cloud cost control measures. As-a-service platforms like HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud offer ongoing management and optimization of hybrid cloud environments in leading cloud solutions such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Azure Stack (HPE, HPE Introduces Industry-first Service to Optimize Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Consumption, June 2018.). Enterprises reduce costs with consumption-based access to the hybrid cloud and workloads as a service drive business agility with the ability to scale as needs change or as budgets allow.
Reaching Hybrid Cloud Milestones
Hybrid cloud success isn’t an overnight endeavor; it’s a process that evolves. As-a-service hybrid cloud platforms offer a new consumption experience designed to help enterprises manage and optimize their on- and off-premises clouds.
- Hybrid Cloud Migration: HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud uses a data-driven, automated process to determine the right mix of cloud, mapping out applications and dependencies and making recommendations as to where to place workloads.
- Hybrid Cloud Acceleration: HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud helps enterprises launch new services and innovate faster with technology and methodologies that support easy access to hybrid cloud resources needed for rapid innovation.
- Hybrid Cloud Optimization: HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud provides ongoing management services and supports cloud operations with ongoing governance, risk management, and compliance essential for efficiency and due diligence.
As-a-Service Hybrid Cloud Platform ROI (HPE web page, Cloud Platforms, accessed Aug. 2019.):
- 30% CapEx Savings
- 65% Shorter time to deploy global IT projects
- 40% Increased IT team productivity
Hybrid cloud as-a-service platforms can mitigate the human, technology, and budget barriers that get in the way of successful deployment. Consumption-based pricing and access to the right mix of on-premises and public cloud capacity reduces costs and ensures a flexible, agile infrastructure capable of supporting changing business needs. Hybrid cloud as-a-platform solutions like HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud standardize on the HPE advanced hardware, software, and services to provide a best-practice solution that supports modern business needs in a purpose-built approach that lets IT stay focused on innovation.