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Blog February 16, 2016

Achieve order in a hybrid Cloud environment

For many years, the basic IT environment was the same for most companies. You had an on-premises solution where almost all systems were local and easily identified.

Management was simple and didn’t require much of the administrative tools available. With the introduction of Cloud-based solutions, the overall solution went from easy to difficult – and the evolution isn’t slowing down. Accordingly to global research done by analytics company Forrester Research, almost two-thirds of all companies already uses more than one public and/or private Cloud platforms. Often these are being used in combinations, both private and public.

These on-premises and Cloud infrastructures are often supplied by different vendors who in turn uses different operating systems and services. When used together in a hybrid solution the overall picture will be much more difficult to grasp. Instead of having just one locally sustained and closed environment, you now also have several Cloud-based suppliers to handle, such as Azure and Amazon.

In the end, this will prevent sustainable development of new services and business opportunities. In order to get the overview required you would ultimately have to jump from one administrative solution to another which is not only time consuming but it can also be difficult to see how expenses are divided and exactly which services are being used. You will go from being proactive and in charge of the situation to reactively putting out fires as diversification evolves and the volume of their hybrid between on-premises solution and different Cloud providers intensifies.

”In today’s diversified, hybrid Cloud environment, administrative tools must also equally evolve and extend into a central Cloud-based IT management tool.”

Traditionally, administrative tools such as the System Center Suite from Microsoft have been enough to sustain and achieve a functional IT environment when running your own on-premises solution. In today’s diversified, hybrid Cloud environment, administrative tools must also equally evolve and extend into a central Cloud-based IT management tool. One that builds upon the groundwork already laid by the administrative tools of today but also can handle the new Cloud environment.

In response to this need, vendors such as Microsoft now has a new suite of management tools that has the potential to fill the gap that currently exists between the on-premises solutions and Cloud-based solutions. One central, Cloud-based administrative tool that combines all of your different IT providers of today – and tomorrow – in one single space.

Microsoft’s solution is called Operations Management Suite, and it has a lot more to offer besides administrating hybrid Cloud environments. Did we mention that you can take all the combined data collected from all sources and export it to tools such as Power BI? Now that’s Big Data for you.

Filling the current gap between the administrative tools of yesterday and those of today is only one part of the strategy a company must have surrounding its Cloud venture. The possibilities and pitfalls are equally plentiful, and uncertainty still a factor. In previous blog entries the importance of information classification has been mentioned as a cornerstone and foundation to a sound Cloud strategy. It’s important to keep the birds-eye view and at the same time find the right tools that can ease the management on a strictly technical level.

If you have the need to discuss the challenges ahead for your hybrid Cloud environment, or are just curious about Microsoft’s new tool Operations Management Suite, get in touch with us at Enfo Zipper.

Peter Wall,
Senior Systems Engineer, Enfo Zipper