Hybrid Cloud | an IT team meets around a computer - image has a graphic overlay of a cloud

Organizations are rapidly shifting to hybrid cloud environments in an effort to become more agile and efficient, but the complexity of infrastructures can be a challenge. The hybrid cloud, a blend of on-premises infrastructure combined with cloud-hosted infrastructure, requires a greater level of analysis, reporting, and planning. Each piece of the storage environment, i.e., private cloud, public cloud, or on-premise, has different capabilities and configurations, and few solutions truly help manage the hybrid infrastructure.

Using multiple tools in a hybrid cloud environment can often limit visibility for IT teams and creates unnecessary complexity. Don’t let the complexity of analysis and reporting prevent you from realizing the benefits of a hybrid cloud storage environment. VSI helps IT leaders by providing a single dashboard of all storage across the enterprise from a true 3rd party, equipping IT leaders with the insights they need.

Are unreasonable cloud-first expectations hampering your infrastructure planning? Over the past year, IT leaders have had to deal with unprecedented challenges and levels of uncertainty. With these challenges, storage management problems have become more apparent and IT leaders have been pushed into faster decision making to keep businesses up and running. Now is the time to maximize resources and help your company scale with confidence with ideas from the 2021 Infrastructure Planning Guide. Discover how you can implement business-transforming solutions through smart and efficient infrastructure planning.

Download the 2021 Infrastructure Planning Guide

Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

When companies compare cloud versus on-premise storage, there are many considerations to take into account, including maintenance, scalability, reliability, and integration issues, just to name a few. With the various pros and cons of both cloud and on-premise storage, it’s no wonder that hybrid cloud storage strategies have become increasingly popular.

In a hybrid storage solution, data can move between on-premise servers, private cloud services, and a public cloud, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. The ability to move among these various platforms offers greater agility, flexibility, and cost savings, ultimately maximizing IT resources. In addition, when utilizing a hybrid cloud environment, IT leaders have the potential to control where data is stored and how to handle peaks in IT demand. Yet, disparate tools, manual processes, and lack of data transparency can quickly bog down your team.  Without access to the critical insights required for efficient and smart infrastructure planning, IT leaders aren’t able to make those strategic infrastructure decisions.  

Hybrid Cloud Insights

One of the greatest advantages of the hybrid cloud approach is flexibility; however, in order to leverage that benefit, IT leaders need the right tools. The hybrid cloud is dynamic, allowing data to be transferred between environments as needed, and organizations need to plan for things to move around in response to evolving business needs. That means where applications or data live today might not be the best place for them in the future. With applications and data spread across multiple storage environments, the management of an organization’s storage becomes more complex and more important.

Both private and public clouds come with their own native analysis tools, but they each have unique configurations, and it can be difficult to easily compare data between the various environments. Beyond that, most vendor solutions have a natural bias towards their own products, and they don’t always report on all the areas that IT leaders want or need.  

In order to cohesively manage the hybrid cloud, IT leaders need a single tool that they can use across the enterprise, both in the cloud and on-premise, that will provide them with the insight they need. VSI is a customer-centric tool, offering IT leaders an unbiased view from a true 3rd party. No more need to switch between Azure and AWS; VSI helps IT leaders simplify their tools by providing a single interface and normalizing the data across the enterprise for easier comparison.

Automation is More Important with the Hybrid Cloud

Of particular importance in a hybrid cloud environment is automation. Automation not only frees up your IT team from learning new systems or protocols but also keeps IT leaders from wasting days or weeks using disparate tools and manual processes. A storage environment that is well automated is easier and less expensive to manage, maintain, and operate.

VSI helps IT leaders better utilize employees and provides them with the critical insights they need in minutes. With VSI, everything is on an automated schedule, monitoring your data storage infrastructure, running reports, forecasting outcomes, and improving performance. With superior data visibility, IT leaders are able to drive efficiency, planning ahead, and improving budgeting accuracy.

Hybrid cloud storage solutions provide flexibility and efficiency, but you don’t need to find a new monitoring tool each time you have a new platform in your storage environment. VSI provides IT leaders with comprehensive and cohesive data, delivered in a single pane of glass across the storage environment. Better insight into your storage environment will allow IT leaders to make more informed strategic decisions. Schedule a demo to talk to a VSI data expert.

Key Takeaways

  • Businesses are shifting to hybrid cloud environments in an effort to become more agile and efficient.
  • The complexity of hybrid cloud storage infrastructures can be a challenge.
  • In order to cohesively manage the hybrid cloud, IT leaders need a single tool that they can use across the enterprise.
  • VSI is a customer-centric tool, offering IT leaders an unbiased view from a true 3rd party.
  • VSI helps IT leaders with tools to monitor their storage environment.
Start Saving 50% Off Your Current Tool