In recent years, enterprise hybrid cloud environments have stoked the fire of digital transformation. As organisations operate in an increasingly digital landscape, they need cloud environments that support their business applications and IT infrastructure. 

Hybrid offers the agility and flexibility of the public cloud with the security and control of the private cloud. Despite the benefits, hybrid clouds come with a few challenges, many of which have straightforward solutions.

Wrangling the costs associated with hybrid cloud

Managing costs in hybrid cloud environments often becomes a challenge. You need to find ways to make the most efficient use of your resources and carefully monitor spending.

In particular, it can become difficult to track the resources your staff leverage and the associated costs. Different parts of the organisation may be using other cloud providers, and each provider may have different pricing models. Multiple resources can make it challenging to get a clear picture of overall cloud spending. 

There are a few tactics that can help you wrangle your costs. I recommend tracking your usage closely and monitoring any unusual spikes. If there are any, you can investigate and attribute these spikes to a specific event or change in usage patterns.

Each team in your business might also have different priorities regarding cloud usage and spending, which might be why your costs seem high. You can establish a clear budget for each project or department. This way, everyone knows how much they have to spend and can plan accordingly.

Finally, if you leverage multiple cloud providers, you might also audit your current tools to discover if there is something you no longer need.

Determining Return on Investment

Business leaders can determine the ROI of hybrid cloud environments by evaluating the benefits and costs of using a hybrid cloud.

The expected ROI for a hybrid cloud environment is the difference between the benefits and costs. We recommend considering the following factors when determining the ROI of hybrid cloud environments:

  • The business benefits of the hybrid cloud such as flexibility, scalability and efficiency.
  • Hybrid cloud costs, including specialised staff and the increased complexity of managing a hybrid environment.
  • The resources required to implement and manage a hybrid cloud environment, including hardware, software, and networking costs.

By considering these factors, business leaders can determine the ROI of hybrid cloud environments and make informed decisions about whether to implement a hybrid cloud solution.

Cyber security risks in enterprise hybrid clouds

Cloud providers often include a set of cyber security measures in their environment to secure your data. However, you will still need to contribute to the security of your hybrid cloud.

Hybrid clouds increase the potential for cyber attacks. With data and applications spread across both private and public environments, hackers have more opportunities to breach sensitive information. In addition, the increased complexity of hybrid cloud environments increases the difficulty of detecting and responding to attacks.

Hybrid clouds can also introduce new compliance risks. Organisations need to be sure that they are compliant with all the relevant regulations, such as those governing data privacy and security. Failure to do so could result in significant fines or other penalties.

Despite the challenges, hybrid clouds offer several advantages worth considering. By understanding the risks involved and taking steps to mitigate them, you can take advantage of the benefits of hybrid clouds while minimising the dangers. Some solutions that enable you to mitigate the risks include identity and access management (IAM), threat intelligence, penetration testing and firewalls.

Changing responsibilities of the CIO

The CIO’s role within a company has changed. Traditionally, the CIO was only responsible for driving technology initiatives. Now, their roles have become similar to that of the business’ leaders, and their voice within the C-suite has become vital as workplaces become digital.

Part of their change in responsibility is adapting the business to leverage hybrid cloud technologies. The pandemic has forced businesses to re-evaluate their use of technology and has put the CIO in a position to lead the way. This can be a challenge for CIOs used to working in a traditional IT environment.

The CIOs of today can no longer stick with how they did things before the cloud. Rather, they need to inspire and lead their teams in adopting a hybrid cloud.

Handling the IT talent shortage

Demand for IT professionals is high right now, but not enough people are available to fulfil this demand.

The IT talent shortage impacts many businesses, and for those already leveraging or looking to deploy a hybrid cloud, the challenge is finding the right people to support the environment. Managing the hybrid cloud is not the same as managing on-premises infrastructure. A robust hybrid cloud environment needs experts monitoring and maintaining it. You need a team that understands the language, architecture, service platforms, security, data migration, etc.

Yet, finding experienced professionals in this area has become complex, and something like the Great Resignation means that retention has also become more difficult than in the past.

One way to solve this hybrid cloud challenge is to outsource it to a managed IT provider. This is a cost-effective method of getting the most from your investment in the hybrid cloud without spending time searching for and recruiting hybrid cloud experts.

By taking these steps, businesses can minimise the impact of the IT talent shortage and keep their operations running smoothly.

Get your hybrid cloud strategy started with CT

We work with organisations on migrating their business applications, data and processes to the cloud. We understand that cloud strategies look different for every business, so we work closely with you to align your cloud strategy with your individual IT needs and business goals.

Our experts know cloud environments, such as Microsoft Azure and HPE GreenLake, inside-out. They support you in developing a hybrid cloud solution that aligns your business needs with the customisation of the private cloud.

Visit our Private Cloud page for more on what we provide.