Four common challenges to Hybrid Cloud adoption*
Managing Costs – a different approach is used for public cloud rather than own datacentre. Cloud is an on demand model, where datacentres tend to be relatively fixed cost. Hybrid cost management needs to consider not only both fixed and variable cost elements but also which Cloud provider or datacentre is the most cost effective for each application.
Security - public cloud security is implemented different than traditional own the datacentre model. Organisations need to ensure that they can translate their security model to Cloud and this takes different skills and experience to do reliably.
Compliance –regulatory compliance for sensitive business data is another challenge to the enterprise, with Cloud having a different approach. Ensuring compliance and auditing is appropriate and effective across Cloud and datacentres, in different regions and be very labour intensive and again requires different skills to those used to traditional datacentres.
Governance - enterprise IT tends to be based on gates, designed to provide oversight and direction. The goal of governance is to foster standardization and improve quality, yet it also tends to slow down the development process. Using public cloud, the governance process is completely different, with an agile iterative approach with the ability to adapt quickly when required. Creating a balance between the two approach can only be achieved with experience.