Time to Get Smart About Hybrid Clouds

Time to Get Smart About Hybrid Clouds

Hybrid clouds offer CIOs a great compromise. By mixing both internal and external clouds, hybrid clouds empower organizations to take advantage of the public cloud’s scalability and cost-effectiveness. This approach also lets companies use their in-house capabilities to protect and secure mission-critical data and high-performance applications. The hybrid cloud also gives CIOs a great way to accommodate the various performance and security requirements of their diverse system environments.

Hybrid clouds are growing in appeal. Nearly 75 percent of enterprises have already created a hybrid-cloud strategy, finds a recent RightScale survey of more than 1,050 technology professionals.

Yet the full benefits of hybrid clouds are today achieved by only a few organizations. As research and advisory firm Gartner states in a recent report: “Hybrid cloud computing…is where private cloud was three years ago — aspirations are high, but deployments low.” 

Why? What’s still missing? And what can a business do about it to enjoy the full benefits of the hybrid cloud environment?

Organizations need to take into account 3 critical success factors when implementing hybrid cloud architectures:
  • The growing need for advanced security methods
  • The ability to dynamically modify network services
  • The ability to meet application performance requirements

Devil’s in the Details

Security is far and away the top barrier to adoption of cloud computing and security matters for hybrid setups too. The recent thefts of customer records at Target, Sony, Anthem and others have only intensified managers’ worries, and for good reason. Cloud networks are vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Dynamic network services are essential because clouds are only as good as their networks. If an organization’s network is not agile, it won’t be able to handle new performance demands. The ability to adjust service levels, bandwidth and configuration options are essential to reap the full benefits of hybrid clouds. 

Application performance is a top-of-mind issue as companies bring on new, green field cloud apps and implement complex, enterprise application architectures. A hybrid-cloud service can, among other things, synchronize and/or replicate data and migrate services on a continuous basis between public and private clouds. But when applications under-perform or become unavailable, the user experience plummets and business productivity stalls. Worse, the IT organization may not even be aware that application performance has suffered until employees complain. 

Performance that Matters

Masergy addresses these challenges in a number of unique and innovative ways.

Masery’s hybrid network services enable IT professionals to increase available network bandwidth and modify service allocation between private and public clouds in real time. Using patented software-defined network control, customers can make on-demand or pre-scheduled service modifications from anywhere and on any Web-enabled device.

Masergy’s Unified Enterprise Security (UES) delivers advanced threat protection on premise and in the cloud using advanced machine learning and patented data analytics to identify network anomalies that indicate that a breach has occurred.

Masergy’s Software Defined Network (SDN) Platform was purpose-built to support real-time applications and is backed by the most stringent performance guarantees in the industry, including:
  • 100 percent in-sequence packet delivery
  • Maximum latency variation (jitter) of 1 ms
  • Sub-1-second fast fail-over for network recovery

Even better, your hybrid cloud networks are managed and monitored 24x7 by Masergy’s trained engineers working from our Network Operations Center.

It’s time for forward-looking organizations to put sound strategies in place that will enable their businesses to realize the powerful benefits of hybrid clouds.

About John Dumbleton

SVP, Business Development, Masergy
John Dumbleton has over 20 years experience in networking and IT solutions and has served as Senior Vice President, Business Development at Masergy since May 2008. He is responsible for strategic business development and oversees the marketing and demand generation efforts at Masergy. His experience ranges from strategic sales, channel development, and product development to business strategy and strategic acquisitions. John holds an MBA and bachelors of science in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech.