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The public cloud has stepped out of the shadows and stretched across the solar system as organizations scale their usage of it to extend on-premises infrastructure, consolidate or migrate data centers, and support dynamic capacity requirements.

 

But many organizations also run apps and manage on-premise data in data centers and private clouds, and will for the foreseeable future. For savvy IT teams, this means leveraging a hybrid approach to infrastructure – one that supports both traditional as well as new apps and services, meets security and compliance requirements, and enables choice around where to run workloads at warp speed.

 

Creating a hybrid cloud doesn’t require Jedi mind tricks – just a keen understanding of what you need to consider when evaluat­ing a solution.

 

As a the wise Yoda would say, “Consider, here’s what you should.”

 

Workloads
Conduct a full audit of workloads across your organization and take inventory of what you have running in the cloud today. This way you can be sure that the hybrid cloud solution you create will meet your organization’s needs.

 

Application Dependencies and Tiers
The only way to fully understand your application dependencies is to map them. Before you move an application, you need to know all of systems and services that it touches. Otherwise, you may find that a VM you moved to the cloud contains only part of an application, and that it won’t function without connecting to a VM elsewhere in your network.

 

Networking
Modern enterprises are complex, and even seemingly simple networking requests can take time. For some organizations, an IPSec connection is enough to meet their requirements. Most, however, require a direct connect circuit due to VM size, security, and networking functionality.

 

Migration
While there are many migration tools designed to move workloads from on-premises to off-premises environments, most require that the format of the applications doesn’t change. Unfortunately, most cloud providers require they be refactored to match proprietary formats. Ideally, you want the ability to migrate workloads without having to modify them, and the flexibility to choose how they will be migrated, such as OVF import, cold migration, template sync, or live migration.

 

Security and Compliance
The most effective way to meet security needs in the cloud is to mirror on-premises policies, thereby eliminating any inconsistencies. Among the security requirements to keep in mind are encryption, IPS/IDS, and identity and access management.

 

Disaster Recovery
Moving to a cloud-based disaster recovery strategy has easily recognizable benefits such as faster and more agile implementation and cost-savings. What you want is the ability to protect your on-premises vSphere environment in multiple ways depending on a workload’s required Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) targets.

 

VMware vSphere® users have a solid foundation on which to adopt or scale the use of cloud, and VMware provides a portfolio of best-in-class hybrid cloud solutions by creating a common, consistent, and secure operating foundation for hybrid clouds – delivering agility, optimizing costs, and accelerating innovation.

 

Learn more about VMware cloud solutions here.