It’s 2019 and it is time to think big, real big. Though historians can debate “who indeed” discovered the new world of North America, the vision and potential expansion of European monarchs was dramatically changed once that discovery was realized. Suddenly, the western world wasn’t just about Europe anymore. That is what the cloud has done for today’s enterprise. Instead of sailing west, companies have migrated upward to the cloud, so much so, that the datacenter is no longer the center of the world any longer. And that’s a good thing. Automotive manufacturers no longer locate all of their manufacturing facilities in their native country now that they do business on a global scale. They locate the plant where the business efficiencies and economic factors point to. The question of location is a data driven decision. The same must hold true for today’s hybrid architectures as well. The core principle of Hybrid IT is to be able to deliver applications and entailed data to both your internal users and customers in the most efficient manner possible. Its not a small world after all when it comes to enterprises, but it is a complex one.
Why is Hybrid so Complex
At a symposium in 2016, Gartner analyst, David Cappuccio, said, “IT shops are realizing that as we move more work off-pre-mise, it makes the job more complex.” It sounds easy hosting everything in the cloud, and it would be, if we could simply indeed migrate everything up there. In the same way we can’t simply flip the switch as a nation to green energy, companies can’t press the easy button to go to the cloud overnight. That’s because like people, every enterprise has a history. This history includes applications that either will only function in a hardware proprietary environment, or are just to old to change at a practical cost. Some organizations are restricted by industry and government compliances that aren’t ready to accommodate the cloud as of yet. And so we have two worlds colliding, the legacy footprint of the traditional datacenter that must operate in collaboration with one or more cloud service providers.
If you manage a hybrid architected enterprise, the question is, will it be a house divided? Or will it be a house that infuses the strengths of both cloud and on premise into a complimentary unified liaison that accommodates both cloud bursting as well as east-west traffic? Business efficiencies with the traditional datacenter were always plagued by siloed repositories of storage, compute, data and network. These silos created obstructions in work flow efficiencies as well as design cohesion. The cloud is about setting your enterprise free in order to obtain greater levels of scalability, agility and responsiveness.
Many companies host client devices both on premise and in the cloud. Some SaaS cloud applications such as Salesforce must be integrated with existing on premise systems and applications in order to leverage them to their full advantage. This creates an intricate web of assets and applications dispersed throughout. Just as the traditional datacenter is comprised of hardware from multiple vendors, cloud integration usually includes multiple cloud service providers. Each one has their own security policies and SLAs. And then finally, there is the internal IT staff that in many cases is siloed as well, being made up of on premise proprietary system specialists as well as cloud computing administrators. Getting everyone on the same page to work together requires communication and teamwork. This can all prove just as challenging.
It Starts with Visibility and iQuate
It was easy to know where everything was in the on premise datacenter. There was only one location and you could see all of the hosted systems. Managing a hybrid architecture requires that you fully understand how the complex interwoven relationships of all your applications, and that first starts with visibility. You can’t manage what you can’t see, and in today’s modernized enterprises, applications and assets are strewn across everywhere.
That’s where iQuate comes in. iQuate has been supporting datacenter modernization initiatives of all types for some of the biggest corporate names out there. It’s premier solution, iQCloud, is a purpose built cloud enterprise management solution that automates asset discovery and service mapping. It was specifically designed to discover and map services in highly dynamic, hybrid IT environments in order to build a holistic view across your entire enterprise estate. iQCloud gives you an accurate perspective on applications and infrastructure items across your physical, virtual and cloud environments in real time. It also gives you a detailed map of how these items work together to support your business.
Hybrid IT Optimization Equates to Harmony
Visibility is only the first step though. Once you know where everything is and understand the involved interdependencies, you can then turn to optimizing your hybrid infrastructures. iQuate can help you customize a plan to bridge your traditional on premise environment with your cloud systems. They can identify bottlenecks and areas in which business process are not being maximized. Maybe you can migrate even more to the cloud than you first thought, or perhaps you were premature in your initial migration and need to return some assets to the mothership.
The world is a better place when it works in harmony. The same is true of your datacenter. In the same way that people hire a life coach to maximize their human potential, iQuate is there, to maximize the enterprise as measured by performance, speed, simplicity and cost. Get in touch with iQuate today.
Brad Rudisail is a technical writer of blogs, white papers and articles for companies across the world concerning the IT industry. His fields of expertise include cybersecurity, cloud and network architecture, MDM and new technology work innovations. He has served as a network manager and systems engineer for both educational and financial organizations for fifteen years. He also serves as an item writer for Microsoft, HPE and IBM certification testing. Outside of IT, Brad is an accomplished musician and motivational writer.