For decades, the only organizations that had true IT functions were the ones that could afford the infrastructure and manpower costs of building their own data centers – either on or off-premise. Today, a new company can buy cloud resources, like AWS, and realistically be up and running in the cloud in a single day. But the sheer proliferation of the cloud has presented a unique range of benefits and challenges. On one hand, companies are experiencing increased efficiency, cost savings, workload scalability and speed. On the other, trends like shadow IT have made it harder for organizations to track employee activities, manage cloud resources and embrace emerging technologies like DevOps, microservices and containers.
In fact, in Embotics’ recent survey with Ponemon Institute, we found that organizations are struggling with the way employees consume cloud resources. Seventy percent of respondents have no visibility into the purpose or ownership of the virtual machines in their cloud environment; 68 percent of respondents lack a single user interface to view their entire cloud environment; and 66 percent of respondents said they are constantly challenged with management and tracking of digital and virtual assets in their cloud ecosystem.
That’s where hybrid cloud comes in. Organizations have realized that it doesn’t make sense to go all in on one cloud. By limiting themselves to one cloud solution, organizations, for example, lose the ability to migrate applications or workloads to other clouds. With hybrid cloud, organizations can gain the benefits of the cloud – particularly in terms of flexibility and scale – while still retaining the value of on-premise data storage for mission critical information.
Further, by selecting the right hybrid cloud management tool, like Embotics vCommander, organizations can:
- Better understand complexity and harmonize all aspects of a hybrid cloud strategy;
- Successfully manage costs through features like cost analytics and automated rightsizing to provide the depth needed to gain true private and public cloud cost visibility;
- Embrace automation, which enables resource optimization and scaling in real-time.
There’s no doubt about it – hybrid cloud is the new enterprise reality. If you’re interested in learning more about the proliferation of hybrid cloud and how Embotics’ vCommander is helping organizations meet the multi-environment integration challenge head-on, jump over to SourceForge to read a Q&A with Embotics CTO, Jesse Stockall.