Apart from gaining market leverage with decreasing costs and increasing flexibility or benefiting from diversity of applications that can be deployed, there are a number of facets of the hybrid Cloud you can work to your advantage. Exploit your hybrid Cloud for improved business performance.

Prioritization of applications for effective performance enhancement is the first step in this direction.  Take the time to study how applications are used within your organization. Which are the more frequently used applications?  Which are the ones that are less frequently used?  What is the amount of bandwidth that is consumed at each node/or activity center?  What is the delivery pattern?  How can the application be optimized?  How can the network be optimized for efficient delivery?  How can latency be reduced?  What are the monitoring mechanisms in place?  Is it possible to reserve some bandwidth for a specific application? What is the potential for de-duplication of data?

In other words, prioritization of applications deployed on the Hybrid Cloud will help the organization plan for capacity, eliminate inefficiencies and avoid the impact of congestions and bottlenecks (that may occur when multiple users access the same database for information).  Applications can be delivered efficiently, cost effectively and with attention to latencies, failover processing and de-duplication.  Application visibility will enable the organization understand user profiles and draw upon granular details on how network resources are used by each application and each user.

This focus directly translates into the development of a meaningful Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the Cloud vendor.  The pre-SLA phase will demand collaboration with business owners and application users to establish quality controls and ensure that the quality of service is never compromised. Performance, reliability and disaster recovery protocols can be established and reiterated in the SLA.  Real time monitoring becomes possible and performance measures can be reduced to numbers.  Cloud vendor support service requirements can be identified and defined unequivocally.

As the complexity of the Hybrid Cloud network increases, the insights gained during the infancy of the hybrid Cloud deployment will stand the organization in good stead.  It will create a strong foundation upon which they can deal with the complexities that emerge.  The baseline of applications and performance monitoring information — available with the organization as it relates back to the SLA — will facilitate better orchestration of services over the network. Administrators can develop a granular view of databases, applications and services and their impact on the business processes. Cost structures can be identified, defined, and provisioned for, in a more meaningful manner.