By nature, hybrid cloud is more like running a marathon than crossing the finish line. No two organizations have the same experience as they deploy and migrate data to a hybrid cloud; even once a hybrid cloud environment is up and running, data continues to move between public clouds, private clouds, virtual footprints, legacy applications and cloud-native applications.
To ensure the success of a hybrid project, it’s critical for enterprises to avoid comparing their progress (or even the specific breakdown of their environments) to that of other organizations. With a focus on data access in every location and giving every app the resources it needs to perform to its fullest extent, no matter where it lives, organizations can accelerate hybrid cloud deployments and measure their ROI more quickly.
Of course, it’s hard to completely distance yourself from the trends and behavior of your contemporaries – and while your focus should be on your own data, sometimes context from peers’ experiences offers more direct insight than hard analytics ever could.
In a recent #StorageDebate Twitter chat, we asked our community to share hybrid cloud challenges, progress and goals for the coming year. Pete Flecha, technical marketing for VMware’s Storage and Availability products, joined the conversation as a featured guest. Below are some of the top tweets from the conversation – and insights that might help unlock the key to a successful hybrid cloud strategy at your organization.
Our chat began with a poll – and as the results came in, they represented more of a split than some anticipated, including featured guest Pete Flecha.
Is hybrid cloud migration a 2017 priority for enterprises? https://t.co/gBOyIibxvB— ClearSky Data (@ClearSkyData) December 7, 2016
We discussed – and saw – how the definition of hybrid cloud can differ, even between experts.
A2: There are also too many definitions of hybrid cloud. Ranges from storage gateways to cloud busting of workloads #storagedebate— georgeacrump (@georgeacrump) December 8, 2016
Finally, Steven Cortez, solutions architect at NetApp, and George Crump, Storage Switzerland president and founder, agreed that a solid plan can be a company’s most valuable progress toward a hybrid goal.