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5 Steps to hybrid happiness

The cloud has been the most important change in how companies and individuals conduct business over the past decade. Companies no longer need to buy expensive hardware and deploy complex applications: today, they can rent the services and access them on demand.

5 Steps to Hybrid Happiness

One of the main challenges companies face is the need to maintain internally hosted systems and make them work with cloud services. Although the cloud promises a great deal, moving to a cloud-only IT infrastructure can take some time. This means you’ll be working with a hybrid infrastructure: some services will still be held locally, while others are hosted in the cloud.

Broad partnership ecosystem

Telstra has partnered with leading IT vendors to offer platform-agnostic cloud services for a wide variety of businesses. As a result of these partnerships, Telstra offers a single, integrated hybrid cloud offering that simplifies the process of transitioning internal systems to the cloud.

For many companies, a hybrid cloud environment preserves investments in high-value legacy systems through the ability to access mission critical data and workflow processes. At the same time, new cloud services can speed the time-to-market for new products and seize new market opportunities.

“There’s a shift from consuming IT-based components from inside your business to consuming them as raw materials then building your own solutions, or having someone build the solutions for you,” says Erez Yarkoni, Telstra’s newly-appointed Chief Information Officer.

The hybrid cloud isn’t just about infrastructure: it is many things, such as software-as-a-service and platforms that are extended as a service”

– Telstra’s Chief Information Officer Erez Yarkoni

Five-step transition process

The transition doesn’t happen overnight – it needs a keen eye to ensure that the right solutions are chosen to meet the business’ needs.

Yarkoni suggests following a five-step process in moving towards a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

  1. Conduct a full audit of software processing and storage requirements to assess which hybrid solution will best fit your business – then match the hybrid model to your requirements
  2. Gain a deep understanding of peaks and troughs of demand, and how workloads vary over the seasons
  3. Look for solutions and technologies which complement your existing technology and make sure you know how the systems will connect before selecting a technology
  4. Ask all service providers how simple the systems are to control and manage to minimise stress on the IT team
  5. Seek technologies and service providers which offer a smooth transition from existing network structures to the hybrid model.

Hybrid cloud means you can:
  • Make the transition into cloud services at a pace that’s right for your business
  • Access a mixture of excellent technologies without being locked into to a single vendor
  • Combine different technologies within a single system management interface
  • Dial up and dial down storage and processing power according to seasonal requirements
  • Maintain IT resources within a secure perimeter.

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