Most organizations today are combining on-premise, private, and third-party cloud delivery models to provide hybrid cloud services for various business needs. But along with the benefits of hybrid cloud delivery come complexity, mixed results, and, often, unexpected consequences.
A company seeking to increase innovation by leveraging a hybrid cloud model can be held back by application architectures and systems development processes that are not yet optimized for their hybrid environment.
Instead, those processes are scattered across multiple teams and enabled by different tools. Further, without standard infrastructure management, the lack of coordination can lead to inefficiencies and open organizations up for risk.
By introducing automation and orchestration to hybrid cloud operations, IT organizations can broaden access to cloud service capabilities, better manage operations, and embed governance policies, all while staying flexible enough to take advantage of new technologies as they emerge.
The cloud capability model provides a framework for all of the tools and processes an organization needs to manage its hybrid cloud operations. IT organizations should focus their initial efforts on the four functions within Operations Automation to reduce complexity:
Orchestration and integration – Orchestration engines coordinate workflows in each phase of the hybrid cloud life cycle management framework, while the integration of work flows delivers consistent processes and user experiences across the life cycle. Together, they support all of the tools and processes that organizations need to manage their hybrid cloud operations.
Service request brokering – Light orchestration tools or hybrid cloud management solutions can direct application workloads to the “right” cloud in a multicloud environment through an automated service request brokering process.
Provisioning – After the right cloud platform is determined, cloud services should be automatically provisioned using predesigned templates offered in a service catalog.
Operations – Once applications are running on the right cloud with the right support, application and infrastructure teams need a tool strategy to enable them with the right solutions for managing the operations not already managed by public cloud service providers.
KPMG helps clients manage the complexity that often plagues hybrid cloud usage by providing the structure, approach, and discipline required to define and implement an effective hybrid cloud delivery model.
We work with companies to develop a hybrid cloud infrastructure automation strategy to better realize the benefits of hybrid cloud, while mitigating unintended consequences. We make sure the strategy is aligned with business needs by conducting impact assessments, establishing target operating models (TOMs) based on our hybrid cloud life cycle management framework, building
transformation road maps, and creating business cases that justify their plans.
Contact us to learn more about how KPMG can help your organization drive the greatest benefits from your hybrid cloud delivery platform.