CHAPTER 3

The challenge with
hybrid cloud


The challenge with hybrid cloud

Reimagine your cloud for a hybrid IT world

Reimagine your cloud
for a hybrid IT world

Close the cloud gap and unlock the benefits of hybrid IT.

Close the cloud gap and unlock

the benefits of hybrid IT.

In a constantly evolving threatscape, the best defense starts with integrated security.

With this degree of diversity in the IT environment, it’s no wonder organizations are looking to a hybrid cloud strategy for the answer. But there’s a catch. If organizations follow the classic approach to hybrid cloud which focuses on making the “connection” between private and public, then they’re barely scratching the surface of the challenges ahead.  

The reality

Discover some of the true hybrid cloud challenges by clicking to expand the sections below.

Application management and performance

Application management and performance

Applications increasingly live in different physical locations, endpoints, and clouds. How can you ensure consistent management, compliance, and user experience from one environment to another?

Multicloud security

Multicloud security

If your data and users are now dispersed among multiple cloud providers and services, how can you enforce strict, uniform security policy everywhere?

New network needs

New network needs

When you embrace cloud—by using public and private cloud software as a service or infrastructure as a service—traffic patterns across the network can change dramatically. Unless you have a network for the cloud, you may be disappointed with the performance, security, and other aspects of your cloud applications.

IT as a cloud broker

IT as a cloud broker

As LoBs demand more cloud applications and services, IT needs to shift its focus to connecting stakeholders with a broad and blended menu of both internal and third-party cloud and noncloud offerings. This is a major change in how IT operates, requiring new tools and skill sets.

DevOps environments

DevOps environments

The traditional software release model—where internally built solutions and tools are updated a few times a year—is too slow for many of today’s LoB requirements. But embracing a DevOps model with continuous development and integration requires profound organizational and cultural change.

Data center automation

Data center automation

As data centers evolve to the cloud, the processes used to connect to, secure, manage, and monitor cloud applications must become much more automated, or IT will quickly be overwhelmed and fall behind its stakeholders’ expectations for speed.

The cloud-neutral solution

The true challenges of hybrid cloud are why the cloud gap persists. They are much wider in scope; diverse in nature; and, most difficult of all, often interrelated. As a result, solutions to these challenges cannot be confined just to the private cloud or public cloud, or even any one specific public cloud provider. They can’t even be confined just to the cloud world or technology alone. They have implications for traditional and non-cloud environments, for your people (cultural implications and skill-set gaps), and for your processes (governance, automation, IT as a service, and DevOps).  


What’s needed is a cloud-neutral approach to help close the cloud gap. That means an approach that is able to: 

Put the interests and requirements of your organization before those of any single cloud technology, deployment model, cloud type, or public cloud provider.

Put the interests and requirements of your organization before those of any single cloud technology, deployment model, cloud type, or public cloud provider.

Deliver an application strategy that places your business requirements first around determining how to manage all your applications, instead of the application type, where it lives, or whose connection it may be traveling on.

Deliver an application strategy that places your business requirements first around determining how to manage all your applications, instead of the application type, where it lives, or whose connection it may be traveling on.

Recognize the fact that the network connects everything, no matter the location, device, or even cloud, and the network is able to make that fact work to your advantage.

Recognize the fact that the network connects everything, no matter the location, device, or even cloud, and the network is able to make that fact work to your advantage.

The new requirements of a hybrid IT world are hybrid IT operations, risk management, visibility, insights, and secure connectivity. When you reimagine your cloud for a hybrid IT world, you get a cloud that helps you meet the requirements and achieve agility and performance with less risk and cost.