Slideshow 20 Hybrid Cloud Questions CIOs Must Ask

  • April 19 2015, 9:32am EDT
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20 Hybrid Cloud Questions CIOs Must Ask

Whether you’re looking for pure cloud applications or seeking to potentially migrate only a portion of your IT infrastructure to the cloud, here are 20 hybrid cloud questions that CIOs must ask, according to ScienceLogic.Image: Pixabay

1. How Much Will This Migration Cost?

Moving to the cloud shifts budget from CapEx to OpEx but it won’t necessarily save you absolute dollars. When figuring your true costs, don’t overlook the fact that cloud applications often speed your time to market and therefore potentially speed your ROI, ScienceLogic notes.Image: iStock

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2. Why Move to the Cloud Rather Than Stay In-House?

Ask yourself this question on an application by application basis. Business intelligence, analytics, mobile, digital marketing, CRM and email frequently are the easiest applications to move to the cloud. But it’s more difficult to build a cloud business case for legacy applications that are customized and compliance-centric applications, Gartner has noted.Image: iStock

3. How Do You Burst and Move Workloads Out?

This often requires assistance from managed services providers and partners that understand performance management, orchestration and far more, notes ScienceLogic. Image: iStock

4. What Day-Two Problems Should You Anticipate?

How are you going to manage, monitor and troubleshoot a hybrid environment, where some applications continue to live on-premises and some workloads now run in the cloud?Image: iStock

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5. How Can We Speed A Migration?

This often involves having the right talent trained on the right tools. Image: iStock

6. How Will We Address Security?

According to a recent CIF Study, 98% of companies have never experienced a breach of security when using a cloud service. Seek out partners that offer intrusion detection and prevention, single sign-on with authenticated devices, multi-factor authentication, encryption, secure VPN, private subnets and more, ScienceLogic recommends.Image: iStock

7. Where Are The Less Obvious Vulnerabilities In a Hybrid Cloud?

The chances of human error grow as administrators are forced to manage more and more virtual private clouds – each of which can require its own set of security policies, ScienceLogic points out.Image: iStock

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8. What Happens When My Cloud Fails?

Make sure your cloud strategy includes a backup and disaster recovery component, and check your service level agreements (SLAs) before signing any contracts.Image: iStock

9. How Do I Avoid Lock-In?

Make sure you have an exit strategy – and make sure you retain data ownership – as part of any cloud service engagement.Image: iStock

10. What Are The Security And Data Sovereignty Risks?

Ask about a cloud provider’s focus on regulatory compliance and related accreditations. Make sure they address compliance, security and regulatory requirements that pertain to your business, market and geography. Image: iStock

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11. How Do I Calculate My Total Cost of Ownership?

You may consider an IaaS deployment expensive – but ScienceLogic says you should also factor in all the historical costs you’re now eliminating in terms of licensing, HR, networking, storage and hardware maintenance? Image: iStock

12. How Do I Get The Most Bang for My Buck?

See if your cloud providers make historical performance metrics available – especially on a regional perspective.Image: iStock

13. Do We Have Over-provisioned or Runaway Workloads?

As cloud services scale up or down based on your workloads, make sure billing and fees adjust accordingly. Some charges automatically end when you scale down – but read the fine print and make sure to turn off services that you don’t need during light workload periods.Image: iStock

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14. What’s the Right Cloud Payment Model?

Cloud platforms often offer spot prices (instances whose prices that are bid on and used until a higher bid comes through), on-demand pricing (by the hour), and reserved instances (for dedicated or committed resources), ScienceLogic notes.Image: iStock

15. How Do We Optimize for Cost and Scale?

Leverage tools that show cost thresholds (and trajectories) alongside performance metrics (IOPS, for example) as well as offer some understanding of risk (and health), especially when deploying on shared infrastructure, ScienceLogic says.Image: iStock

16. Will Lack of Visibility, Control Hold Us Back?

Transparency and visibility into the cloud are essential for peace of mind.Image: iStock

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17. Is Our Workload Performance Compromised?

You need visibility and control of the physical IT infrastructure, and to see separately how related services that rely on that infrastructure are performing. Even more important is the ability to correlate data metrics in intelligent ways that illuminate the health and risk a critical service will begin to face in the coming hours, days, or weeks, ScienceLogic says.Image: iStock

18. Can You Safely Manage Delivery of Hybrid IT Services?

Delivering the new breed of hybrid IT services will depend on choosing the right vendor-agnostic monitoring and management solutions for your organization.Image: Pixabay

19. What Should We Ask of Our Service Providers?

More progressive SLAs include the response time of the web service, how often a retry is allowed, retention policies, number of copies, and a tiered credit guarantee with higher credits for lower service levels delivered, ScienceLogic notes.Image: Pixabay

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20. Can the Right People, Processes and Tools Address My Hybrid Needs?

CIOs and their organizations need the right people, which means skilled and up-to-date IT staff. Processes are often particular to the individual organization, its goals, and its resources. The correct tools are the ones that everybody needs and are easy to use; they update regularly to ever-changing characteristics of what they work on; and they adapt to all configurations, ScienceLogic Notes.Image: Pixabay

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