One advantage late adopters of new technologies gain are the perspective from those that were early adopters. There are many businesses out there that purposely wait to implement new versions of software and adopt new technologies as they don’t want to be what they consider the “guinea pig”. Instead, they wait and take in all the feedback from those before them and then decide to implement based on whatever advice and/or lessons they choose to adopt. The hybrid cloud model is still rising to its peak but enough organizations have adopted it and are providing feedback. For those just now making the switch, there are hybrid cloud best practices to be gleaned by looking to past adopters of the model.
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One of the decisions an organization needs to decide PRIOR to beginning their switch to hybrid cloud is whether to migrate existing apps or only new ones designed to be hybrid.  Hybrid cloud may not be the answer to every part of your technology strategy. There are important questions that you need to get the answers to on how applications might use hybrid cloud before making a firm decision on hybrid cloud deployment. There is no denying the benefit from cloud’s power to quickly scale resources, reduce infrastructure burdens and access applications from anywhere. But only if the cloud is used and implemented properly for your environment. You also need to choose whether to pick PaaS (platform-as-a-service) or IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service). Take it from those companies that started their switch to hybrid without having a clear vision of what would best work for their organization.
After you have landed on your strategy, next is making sure you have chosen the best Cloud vendor to work with. You need to enter into a complete service-agreement with them having terms understood by both parties, and starting small with the cloud usage and expanding from there. Don’t buy more usage than you need. You can always add more as you go on!
The advice for hybrid cloud best practices goes on and on and on. However, the last point I am going to touch on is the importance of partnering closely with an IT Consultant before you begin the process. There are many, many best practices that need to be implemented, mistakes that need to be cautioned, and lastly you need someone in your back pocket to protect you from getting taken advantage of. An experienced IT Consultant can help guide you and answer any questions you may have on what will work best for your business and technology environment. 2W Tech has experienced IT Consultants on staff that have experience working with clients on their cloud transitions. Contact us today to get started.
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