Performance benchmarks, guarantees are priorities in a hybrid cloud world

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing

In late 2014, IDC projected that 65 percent of IT organizations will make room for hybrid cloud technologies before 2016. Part of this prediction also came with the expectation that these organizations would integrate management solutions and platforms to keep applications housed in the cloud in line. As we near the 2016 mark IDC set, performance-based service-level agreements (SLAs) have to become the standard for hybrid cloud if IT teams are to capture the benefits they need and help them avoid application problems related to latency. When it’s time to move an application to the cloud, any agreement with a cloud vendor needs to come with assurances related to performance, not just availability, as has been the norm until now.

The decision to outsource certain components of the stack to the cloud can alleviate some strain on the in-house data center and cut down on some spending. Many of the benefits fade, however, without an understanding of performance benchmarks and a defined commitment from cloud vendors to reach those standards. Simply trusting the availability guarantees from public cloud vendors doesn’t account for the performance demands on applications. Infrastructure performance management (IPM) helps IT decision-makers understand the precise levels at which their applications need to operate. Even if they’re not critical workloads, they’re getting used at some point. As such, they don’t just need to be available; they need to work properly.

Too often, IT teams are satisfied with assurances of availability from cloud vendors. Customers don’t care if something is available if latency is delaying their experience. When users notice latency extensions or outages, they don’t just call and complain; they take their business elsewhere. While cost optimization is a major aspect of hybrid cloud’s growth as an operating paradigm in IT, if performance issues mount and result in lost revenue, it’s clearly not worth the move.

IDC’s predictions have largely proven true, and hybrid cloud adoption is rapidly trending up in enterprise IT. The CIO’s charge now becomes making hybrid cloud work best for the organization’s needs. With growing reliance on hybrid cloud infrastructures throughout the enterprise, performance is more than just an additional consideration; it has to be a primary concern.

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