Hot and Hybrid
DataQuest|October 2020
Hot and Hybrid
Idle resources, visibility, hidden costs, security loose-ends and complications of provisioning – can the hybrid cloud addresses such on-ground issues?
Pratima Harigunani

When Cloud came in, it not just disrupted the IT industry, but also dislocated and disoriented a lot of its parts. Soon the “whether or not” question changed into “which one”. Thankfully, hybrid cloud solved the big public or private dilemma by melting the or into a sort of and.

The adoption appetite clearly mirrors the enthusiasm that this welding of two different worlds has led to. Hybrid/multi-cloud has been noted as the predominant strategic posture to manage digital-era IT and business transformation with 62% of enterprises pursuing a hybrid IT strategy, as per 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise (VotE): Digital Pulse, Budgets and Outlook 2019. Similarly, an Everest Group Research indicates that 58% enterprise workloads were observed to be on or are expected to be on hybrid or private cloud. In fact, the projected market value of the hybrid cloud infrastructure market is as big USD 128.01 billion (Mordor Intelligence).

Ok, Hybrid cloud is hot. But it does have one distinctive issue to reckon with: that of idle resources and overprovisioning. That’s not just one issue. It trickles into many more problems.

PROVISIONING – PLAYING THE TETRIS

Organizations are, increasingly but not completely, becoming aware of the idle resources in their cloud infrastructure. According to Shrikant Navelkar, Director – Oracle Relationships, Clover Infotech, “They are realizing that these idle resources are a cause of unnecessary costs. Idle resources result from not having complete visibility into the cloud utilization and hence procuring resources on the cloud much before it is required. Hence, organizations must have complete visibility on when the resources are required, and the IT teams must have autonomy to decide and plan this well in advance to ensure better return on cloud investments.”

Until recently, enterprises had not necessarily spent too much time studying the idle resources and costs in hybrid cloud environments. According to Kumara Raghavan, Director, SDI, HPC and AI, Lenovo Data Center Group, APAC, since cost has now become an issue, a lot of organizations are now looking at tools that can help them drive financial accountability and deliver accurate visibility into resources and utilization. “Idle resources also present a security threat, as these resources might not get updated to security protocols causing security vulnerabilities. Once idle resources are identified, IT teams can manage and secure these resources easily,” he added.

Cost Management is, and should be a continuous effort, stressed Narendra Bhandari, Senior Vice President at Persistent Systems. He further explained that this will also help build effective policies on moving workloads around and a case for modernizing traditional and custom workloads to take advantage of Containers and rearchitecting code using Microservices.

THE LONG TAIL – SECURITY AND INTEGRATION BUMPS

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