All About Hybrid Cloud Environment Before Workload Migration

Sayantani Bhattacharya | June 11, 2021 | 341 views

Hybrid Cloud Environment
Modern organizations need fast-paced solutions to scale their services and integrate their applications for a digital foothold, resulting in a demand to shift their ecosystem from on-premise to a cloud environment. Therefore, selecting the exemplary cloud architecture based on the organizational ecosystem is the need of the hour; otherwise, it may directly impact their business growth. Hence, companies are interested in opting for a hybrid cloud solution that will allow gradual migration of their workloads without affecting the daily operations, providing enhanced security by allowing segregation of the critical and general workloads to private and public clouds, respectively.

Many businesses across the globe are raising concerns on whether to adopt a public, private or hybrid cloud platform. According to Gartner, over 75% of midsize and large organizations will adopt a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy by 2021. Today, organizations realize that a hybrid platform is a good-to-go solution after managing IT resources and workloads in public and private cloud environments.

The hybrid cloud definition says that it is a combination of storage, computing, and services environments of an on-premise, private and public cloud. It creates a single platform to operate both in on-premises, private resources, and public cloud resources, such as those offered by Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). It allows seamless sharing of data and applications when computing and processing requests vary within the organization. A hybrid ecosystem establishes interconnectivity initially through data virtualization, following via connection tools and protocols such as application programming interfaces (APIs), virtual private networks (VPNs), and/or wide area networks (WANs). The goal is to create a collaborative, automated, secured, and organized environment, where integrating these applications among one another and with on-premises systems is easy and fast. 

How is Hybrid Platform Different from Others?

Deployment of a hybrid infrastructure describes the organization's ecosystem where on-premise, public, and private cloud environment conglomerate to provide a secure and unified platform. Hybrid cloud platforms allow you to leverage the utilities of the private and public cloud ecosystem.

The private cloud is an infrastructure that can isolate all your vital business data of an organization behind firewalls on a single server, which are non-sharable and thus is a perfect fit for businesses dealing with confidential and sensitive information.Whereas public cloud platforms are shared spaces that offer massive amounts of storage capacity and other resources, they are highly scalable. In addition, due to the shared architecture, public clouds are affordable and allow organizations to control the security and backups provided by the server's data center.

Hybrid platforms are secured, scalable, and cost-effective, allowing you to have a flexible option to separate the workloads and benefit private and public cloud platforms.

Benefits of Hybrid Cloud

According to the Mordor Intelligence research report, Hybrid Cloud Market was valued at USD 52.16 billion in 2020 and projects to record USD 145 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 18.73% for the forecast period 2021 to 2026. The vital factors such as flexibility, reliability, scalability, cost-effectiveness, security, and rapidity drive its progress.

Flexibility and Reliability

One of the prime benefits of a hybrid environment is its flexibility. A typical hybrid cloud solutions flexibility refers to the service that enables you to utilize the ecosystem as per their needs. Hybrid cloud architecture can use traditional on-premise systems and the latest cloud technology, with/without registering to a third-party host. Organizations with hybrid infrastructure can migrate workloads and access information to and from their traditional systems and to the public/private cloud whenever necessary, without any service interruption. 

Scalability

As we know, a hybrid cloud infrastructure allows us to utilize both a public cloud and a private cloud. It permits more resources via the public cloud services that enable the organizations to expand their storage capacity and computing resources. Thus, workload migration to a hybrid ecosystem makes it easier to facilitate, implement and scale the resources whenever demand exceeds the ability of the on-premise infrastructure.

Cost-Effectiveness

Typically comprised of private cloud and public cloud architectures, hybrid cloud management allows you to own and operate the data center infrastructure with a significant capital expense. On the other hand, it also enables the public cloud infrastructure to offer resources and services accountable as variable and operational expenses. Thus, hybrid cloud users can select any infrastructures that make it affordable to run the workloads. Moreover, it can accommodate the business demand upsurge and increase its capacity without additional cost. As cost-saving is one of the prime aims of organizations, a hybrid infrastructure leverages a cost-effective approach with no compromise on your ecosystem's scalability, flexibility, security, and agility. According to a study by IT management solution provider Flexera, 76 % of organizations use cost efficiency and savings to measure cloud progress.

Security

Securing business-critical information is always a challenge in any network-enabled ecosystem. Typically for a public cloud, susceptibility to data breaches and data leakages are common. While cloud service providers make exhaustive efforts to ensure data protection for their clients, yet public cloud infrastructure remains at high risk because of its open environment framework. Whereas, for the private cloud ecosystem, companies hold direct control over the stored data. They can manage and establish strict protocols for accesses because the data stored in the private ecosystem are generally highly critical and confidential. However, with a hybrid service, companies can leverage the security of a private cloud with the flexibility and benefits of a public cloud. You can migrate the business-critical data from the private ecosystem to a public cloud for different operations, analytics, and applications. You can also implement extensive encoding methods to ensure data security as much as possible. Hence, Hybrid cloud security is simply protecting the data, applications, and infrastructure that incorporates a certain degree of workload sharing, consistency, and management across multiple cloud environments.

Rapidity

Speed/Rapidity is one of the noteworthy attributes of network-enabled applications. Although a hybrid platform is not fundamentally quicker than a public cloud platform, it allows network optimization to curtail latency and simplify data migration. In addition, hybrid cloud storage transfers non-critical workloads to the public cloud and critical workload on the private cloud and optimizes the network to streamline the traffic. As a result, you can work faster and increase their productivity.

Few Setbacks to Keep in Mind

Despite several benefits, you should consider some of the hybrid cloud challenges before workload migration. Flexera's 2020 State of the Cloud Report says that the complexity and dynamic nature, the hybrid/multi-cloud environment brings many challenges, such as assessing the suitability of on-premises apps for migrating to the cloud. However, analyzing and noting the limitations can make it easy for organizations to utilize their hybrid ecosystem optimally.

Latency and Compatibility

As we know that a hybrid cloud strategy is derived by combining private and public cloud platforms, there can be compatibility issues between them because of their distinct properties. Moreover, analyzing the compatibility of the on-premise applications before migrating to the cloud requires a lot of effort and bandwidth. For example, the private cloud component of a hybrid application cannot respond as fast as the front-end public cloud component and can cause operational latency and other complexities.

Temporary Risk Due to Data Transfers

Data transfers across a hybrid cloud platform can involve third-party (public cloud host) for many organizations, resulting in unnecessary and unacceptable security risks. In addition, data leakages are also a common concern while shifting the on-premise applications to the cloud infrastructure. Therefore, organizations must consider encryption of all traffic to protect the network and avoid temporary security risks for the data in transit.

IAM Complexities

Using Identity and Access Management (IAM) protocols steadily across private and public clouds requires a highly synchronized effort to meet security and compliance requirements. It is also an essential protocol to ensure no gaps are present in the hybrid cloud design. However, organizations dealing with confidential data, such as the healthcare or finance industries, may face few compliance setbacks. In addition, knowing the actual position of the data and who has access can be a real challenge in a hybrid environment. Hence, organizations need to adopt single sign-on applications and allocate authorizations only when critical and necessary.

Initial Implementation Cost

The on-premise or private cloud component requires substantial investment, maintenance, and operational skills for traditional hybrid cloud architecture. Thus, implementing additional software, though necessary, can further add to the initial cost for a private cloud. At the same time, proper data planning, security tools, employee training, and cloud certifications can boost the initial investment for the public cloud.

Is Hybrid Cloud Environment A Right Choice for Your Business?

Advanced companies align their business transformation strategy with the orchestration of their cloud platforms to achieve a 'GenX' business model. This model establishes an automated and agile organization, empowered by data, directed by AI insights. IBM's Voice of the Enterprise Digital Pulse report by 451 Research says that 3 out of 5 of approximately 1,000 organizations surveyed have implemented a hybrid ecosystem with integrated on-and off-premises cloud services.

Here are some hybrid cloud use cases to help you analyze whether a hybrid infrastructure fits your organizational ecosystem.

Dynamic Workloads

Hybrid cloud is particularly effective for dynamic workloads. For example, a trading company entry system that experiences significant demand surges is ideal for implementing hybrid cloud infrastructure. Using an easily scalable public cloud for your dynamic workloads while leaving more sensitive workloads to a private cloud or on-premises data center helps to increase your operational efficiency without hampering the security of your critical data.

Segregation of Critical and Non-Critical Workloads

When your company leverages several SaaS applications, it requires identifying and segregating their workloads to perform while keeping the data security aspect high priority optimally. In comparison, hybrid cloud storage diversification allows moving business-critical workloads to the private cloud with access control mechanisms for security. You can shift the non-critical applications to a public environment and utilize them for business analytics. Under a hybrid ecosystem, both these platforms share information under the same data management yet remain distinct. 

Periodical Migration to Cloud Environment

Suppose you are planning to upgrade your operational infrastructure but not sure about its operability. In that case, you can migrate a portion of your critical workload to the private cloud and general applications to the public environment of the hybrid cloud platform and analyze the performance. You can continue expanding your cloud presence as needed by periodical migration of the workload, utilizing the hybrid structure. It enables you to assess the platform in terms of your current requirements and potential future growth.

Big Data Management

Hence, opting for a more brilliant choice by implementing a hybrid cloud strategy will allow you to run a portion of the big data analytics using a highly scalable public cloud platform. Furthermore, you can ensure data security and retain your confidential big data behind the firewall while using the private cloud.

Capacity Management

A hybrid cloud allows you to assign public cloud resources for short-term projects at a much lower cost than the on-premise data center. Thus, you can maintain efficient investment by controlling over-expenditures on the equipment that you may require temporarily.

Additionally, utilizing a hybrid environment to supplement your on-premise infrastructure is a better choice for projects that require multi-user collaboration or significant data storage and may hinder your current network performance or surpass your network capacity.

Multiple Business Requirements

Assume your organization needs to fulfill several business requirements. You can cater to some of your critical business needs by only a private cloud and other essentials through a public cloud. Under such circumstances, the hybrid solution is perfect for you. Hybrid cloud services help in many ways to provide benefits of both solutions for a business.

Inference

A well-integrated and balanced hybrid approach gives your business the best of both worlds. It allows you to leverage public cloud and private cloud services without completely offloading your data to a third-party data center.  Hybrid Cloud Computing can be an ideal solution for your high-focussed businesses.

With the extensive features and benefits of the hybrid ecosystem, your organization will be able to take a step ahead to the world of modern technology and get to see the advantage of combining the security and control of private infrastructure with the scalability and versatility of public cloud computing. 

FAQ’s

How do hybrid clouds work?

The hybrid cloud creates a single platform for the on-premise, private, and public cloud data, allowing gradual migration of the workloads without disturbing the daily transactions by establishing interconnectivity between different platforms. In addition, the hybrid cloud provides the security of the private ecosystem and the flexibility of the public infrastructure. 

Are hybrid clouds secure?

Hybrid clouds allow the migration of sensitive workload to its private infrastructure that you can protect behind the company's firewall. Thus, you can secure all the confidential data within the hybrid cloud infrastructure. In addition, you can shift the remaining non-critical workloads to the public portion of the hybrid cloud ecosystem, which you can utilize for several computational purposes.

Why hybrid cloud?

Hybrid cloud provides the security of the private environment and the scalability and flexibility of the private environment, which makes it one of the most preferred infrastructures for several organizations.

What is hybrid cloud storage?

Hybrid cloud storage is a method to manage cloud storage that uses both local and off-site data. With hybrid cloud storage, businesses can shift their workloads between on-premises or private clouds. In addition, hybrid clouds help organizations to get the most out of containers, which simplifies shifting workloads among clouds.


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"Aviatrix's Distributed Cloud Firewall is a new category of network security, built from the ground up for cloud," said Scott Raynovich, Founder and Principal Analyst at Futuriom. "Applications drive infrastructure, and the applications in the cloud are driving the need to redefine how we implement network security. Today's firewalls were designed for the on-prem perimeter, as a choke point to inspect traffic and deliver network security. In comparison, the cloud is perimeterless, and must therefore take a different approach for network security. The optimal way to achieve this is to distribute security by embedding it into the fabric of the entire cloud network, to do security everywhere." The Requirements to be a Distributed Cloud Firewall A distributed cloud firewall is modern network security done right for cloud, delivering enterprises what they need to secure the cloud. A distributed cloud firewall has unique requirements: Distributed Enforcement Embedded into Natural Cloud Traffic Flow – It sees everything; it's not bolted on. Inspection and policy enforcement is embedded into the native cloud infrastructure and natural application communication flows, so all traffic is seen, and traffic does not have to be redirected to centralized inspection points, eliminating bottlenecks and automatically scaling with application environments. Centralized Policy Creation – Cloud aware policy creation abstracts how and where policies are enforced using dynamic cloud native application workload identity tags and attributes, instead of static IP addresses, through a single, programmable interface that pushes policies where required across any multicloud environment. Cloud Operational Model – Enterprise owned and operated, it must deliver full visibility and control, elastic auto-scaling to match application requirements, be fully programmable with industry standard infrastructure as code automation, and included in DevSecOps CI/CD pipelines. Native Cloud Network and Security Orchestration Consistent Across Multicloud Environments – It supports native cloud APIs for both cloud network and cloud security orchestration to abstract underlying cloud infrastructure complexities, create consistency across cloud service providers, and avoid conflicts between networking and security configurations. Advanced Security Services Consolidation – More than basic firewalling, it supports microsegmentation, network isolation, automated threat detection and mitigation, anomaly detection, vulnerability scanning, cloud workload risk scoring, L7 decryption and inspection, full traffic visibility and audit reporting. Solutions must maintain a separation of networking and security duties through role-based access control, all embedded into native cloud infrastructure and operations. "It's time to reinvent network security, again," said Steve Mullaney, President and CEO at Aviatrix. "Bolting on-prem firewalls onto a cloud network and trying to steer traffic to them is not effective for cloud, it's just not how the cloud operates. The cloud is perimeterless, agile, dynamic, and scale-out by design. Network security must follow – it must be distributed and embedded into the network to deliver a true zero-trust, agile environment. Aviatrix's Distributed Cloud Firewall is going to dramatically change the cloud security game for our customers and save them a lot of money in the process." Steve Mullaney will host Jason Simpson, VP of Engineering at Choice Hotels, for a keynote fireside chat at ONUG Spring 2023 in Dallas, Texas. Choice Hotels, with nearly 7,500 hotels in more than 40 countries, is deploying Aviatrix in its modern cloud infrastructure to increase enterprise-grade agility, resiliency, and security. To learn more about Aviatrix's Distributed Cloud Firewall, visit: https://aviatrix.com/distributed-cloud-firewall. About Aviatrix Trusted by more than 500 of the world's most innovative companies, Aviatrix empowers businesses to accelerate innovation, improve security, minimize downtime, and gain control of IT costs in the cloud. Aviatrix delivers an enterprise-grade secure cloud network, backbone, and edge for business-critical applications by creating a simplified and consistent networking and security architecture in and across cloud service providers. Combined with the Aviatrix Certified Engineer (ACE) Program, the industry's first and only multicloud networking and security certification, Aviatrix helps businesses to achieve their digital transformation goals. Learn more at www.aviatrix.com.

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Cascadeo Announces LLM Breakthrough in AI-Assisted Cloud Operations Management

Businesswire | May 18, 2023

Cascadeo, named to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud IT Transformation Services and an AWS Premier Tier Services partner, today announced the integration of OpenAI’s GPT LLM technology with cascadeo.io, the company’s cloud management system. GPT is a Large Language Model (LLM) technology platform developed by OpenAI that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and the universe of data available on the Internet to answer questions and provide insights with unprecedented reasoning and synthesis capabilities. cascadeo.io is a leading cloud management platform that provides customizable infrastructure and applications monitoring across public cloud, multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, and on premises environments. The integration between OpenAI’s LLM and cascadeo.io enables automated creation of runbook recipes for incident handling and response, builds a clear path to fully automated remediation capabilities and provides deeper sophistication in alerting. It provides AI-assisted criticality assessment, event validation, and actionable remediation steps when prompted with events, including events not seen historically. “Generative AI, led by OpenAI’s GPT platform, is the most disruptive innovation of our lifetimes,” said Jared Reimer, founder and CTO at Cascadeo. “By integrating the cascadeo.io platform for cloud management with AI, we have achieved the ability to create dynamic runbooks on-the-fly, saving enormous effort and accelerating incident response while ensuring consistent operator action even in cases where the event is unique and never before encountered.” cascadeo.io with AI is available today to all Cascadeo managed services, professional services, and resale clients, providing much-needed real time response and stability across all types of IT architecture. Designed to work with clients’ existing cloud tools, the platform can be configured to work with a wide range of customer inputs and provide output to preferred channels, like Slack, email, or SMS. Alerting thresholds are automated to match system recommendations, but can be specifically fine-tuned to match business requirements and SLAs. Unlike competing platforms, Cascadeo provides this technology at no cost to both its clients and the broader community. “The results have been absolutely astounding,” said Reimer. “Regardless of platform, vendor, or event source, the accuracy and insight of this integration is approaching or surpassing skilled human operator levels. The combination turbo-charges our platform and managed services operations, giving our customers incredible new value without any additional effort or expense.” Outcomes of cascade.io Version 1 feature fast, accurate responses that are easily implemented by operations staff for accelerated incident resolution. Informed by Cascadeo’s large pool of event data, with all responses subject to expert engineer review, accuracy and efficacy are expected to increase over time. “We consider the union of cascadeo.io and LLM technology to be a true revolution in how cloud and legacy infrastructure is monitored and managed,” said Reimer. “The bar has been raised, and the world of cloud infrastructure operations will never be the same. It is not an exaggeration to say that this technology is the defining invention of our times.” About Cascadeo Cascadeo is cloud-first managed and professional services organization committed to helping clients scale for growth. Cascadeo provides cloud solutions across applications and infrastructure, as well as offering cascadeo.io, a SaaS cloud management platform, to mid-market and enterprise clients in virtually every industry. The company is headquartered in Seattle. Learn more at www.cascadeo.com.

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Virtana Unveils CloudMonitor: Delivering Cloud-Based Centralized Visibility for Hybrid, Multi-Vendor, and Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Environments

Prnewswire | May 17, 2023

Virtana, a leading technology provider accelerating hybrid infrastructure innovation with artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps), announced today the release of Virtana CloudMonitor. This new product capability reduces the complexity of monitoring and managing hybrid IT environments across on-premises, colocation, and public cloud workloads. This offering further expands Virtana's leadership presence in a new segment defined by Gartner called Digital Platform Conductor (DPC) tools1. DPC tools are core to IT operations management (ITOM), a market Gartner estimates to be approximately $39 billion2. Virtana CloudMonitor revolutionizes how businesses obtain an end-to-end SaaS-based global panoramic view of their hybrid infrastructure, enabling them to get the most out of their multi-vendor computing, networking, storage, cloud, virtual machines (VM), containers, databases, and more in hybrid and multi-cloud IT infrastructure environments. With CloudMonitor, customers realize rapid improvements to mean-time-to-detect (MTTD), decreasing their mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) by an average of 90%. CloudMonitor also helps organizations make better decisions about their infrastructure investments and ensure they have adequate capacity to support growth and performance without sacrificing IT budgets. As more organizations adopt a hybrid infrastructure approach to their IT infrastructure, managing performance and capacity requirements in the silo of a specific workload is no longer feasible. IT leaders want a single platform that automatically discovers what is within their global estate, allowing them to gain accurate and real-time insights into the health of their overall environment. Given the multiple vendors that IT leaders work with to develop their infrastructure, they also look to implement a streamlined IT operational model and reduce the number of tools they use to manage that infrastructure. In addition, organizations are focused on proactively planning capacity requirements that empower them to invest in what they need to accelerate business growth while staying within budget. CloudMonitor addresses these needs by providing organizations with a global view of their estate, including the leading hyperscalers, and delivers insights as a part of the Virtana SaaS platform. With CloudMonitor, organizations can now stream data, including usage rates and alarm occurrences for applications, from multiple infrastructure types, eliminating individual data silos and simplifying how IT leaders monitor their hybrid environment. With Virtana's unified CloudMonitor solution, IT leaders can: Detect which parts of their infrastructure support their mission-critical applications, thereby identifying their most critical infrastructure. Proactively plan for capacity needs and avoid overprovisioning hardware infrastructure by purchasing what they need, reducing infrastructure spend by approximately 15%. Provide centralized visibility and management of an organization's entire on-premises infrastructure. Reduce mean-time-to-detect (MTTD) by an average of 95%, empowering IT to discover and correct anomalies before they become issues. Up-level alarm occurrence data for each application and components related to an application. Enable faster mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) by an average of 90%, so critical applications can stay available for longer periods of time. "The extension of Virtana Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) with CloudMonitor provides our customers with an unmatched solution that delivers a centralized, panoramic view of their hybrid, multi-vendor, and multi-cloud infrastructure. With CloudMonitor, our technology partners and channels can accelerate their as-a-service offerings as enterprise customers strive to innovate and succeed in highly complex multi-vendor and multi-cloud environments," said Kash Shaikh, President and CEO of Virtana. Kash added, "CloudMonitor accelerates the rate businesses can innovate within their competitive industries and helps simplify and optimize their hybrid-platform environment. This new capability gives our customers unparalleled panoramic observability across on-premises and public clouds, making it easier than ever to get more from their existing infrastructure." In addition to the release of CloudMonitor, Virtana continues to demonstrate its expertise in Kubernetes management. Virtana helps organizations more effectively manage Kubernetes with a suite of tools designed to provide visibility, control, and cost optimization over their Kubernetes and container environments. This allows businesses to optimize their hybrid cloud environments and achieve better performance, costs, reliability, and security. Companies can experience CloudMonitor now through a 30-day trial of Virtana Platform at: virtana.com/request-ipm-trial/. About Virtana Virtana accelerates hybrid infrastructure innovation through deep-system data and centralized visibility. Its unified multi-cloud management solution, Virtana Platform, simplifies the optimization, migration, and monitoring of application workloads across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. The cloud-agnostic SaaS platform allows enterprises to efficiently plan their cloud migrations and then right size workloads across their hybrid cloud infrastructure for performance, capacity, and cost—most customers see 25% cloud cost savings or more within the first 10 days of use. Get a free 14-day trial of Virtana's optimization solution at virtana.com/optimize-free-trial. Virtana was named Coolest Cloud Company by CRN, Top Cloud Leader Reducing Public Cloud Costs by Business Insider, Best Company Culture by Comparably, and a Customer First company by Gartner.

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