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.
- 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
- Gain a deep understanding of peaks and troughs of demand, and how workloads vary over the seasons
- Look for solutions and technologies which complement your existing technology and make sure you know how the systems will connect before selecting a technology
- Ask all service providers how simple the systems are to control and manage to minimise stress on the IT team
- 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.