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Experimenting with hybrid cloud deployment models can be an exciting endeavour. The benefits of both public and private cloud computing configurations become apparent and it’s especially satisfying when the cost savings start to materialize. But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies in the cloud either. One has to take cognizance of tried-and-tested best practices when navigating such a fusion of infrastructures.
“Private cloud is a type of cloud computing that delivers similar advantages to public cloud, including scalability and self-service, but through a proprietary architecture. Unlike public clouds, which deliver services to multiple organisations, a private cloud is dedicated to a single organisation.”
“A public cloud is one based on the standard cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Public cloud services may be free or offered on a pay-per-usage model.”
We had a look at some of the big names that have helped shaped the industry and who now offer advice about how best to proceed with managing a hybrid cloud setup. Microsoft, with their most notable PaaS offering, Azure, sums it up in three main points: health monitoring, self-service, and automation.
By monitoring your hybrid cloud you are able to manage it. This monitoring should provide visibility on the health of your web servers, database servers, and the applications themselves. The Cloud Times also reiterate the necessity for monitoring but go on to say that it should also be simple – a single interface or console, for instance.
NIST requires that cloud computing first and foremost be an on-demand self-service. The platform you choose should, at a high level, be able to provide the following capabilities: broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, as well as service measurement. Have a look at MS Azure Stack – basically an improved Windows Azure Stack – as an example.
Automated cloud provisioning has a lot to do with cloud security. Access control should ideally be synchronized through profiles for different users and groups. These profiles then form part of an organization’s identity and are limited to their private, public, or hybrid cloud configuration and can be deployed at the drop of a hat. Consider highly flexible, albeit prone to complexity, PowerShell scripts to achieve this.
In a study conducted by IBM where over 5000 executives responded, the largest portion at 63%, thought that cloud computing services will be particularly important in the next 3-5 years (as of last year). This was the highest compared to mobile solutions, the Internet of Things, and cognitive computing.
It is our belief that this trend will continue and that previous cloud security concerns, much like how people still kept their money under mattresses when modern banking became popular in the 17th century, are now being waylaid by increased maturity in cloud computing implementations and greater trust as a result.
The recent ransomware attack on Kaseya, a cloud-based IT and security management provider services company that supplies tech-management tools to customers worldwide, has the potential to be the most serious cyber-criminal incident this year.Continue reading