If you want to get the most out of a hybrid cloud system, you need to know how to use it. You can’t just assume that your hybrid cloud system is going to be beneficial for your company without setting up some clearly defined rules and decisions regarding the hybrid cloud system. Here are a few ways that you can make sure your hybrid cloud architecture is truly working for you.
1. Decide What Goes on Which System and Stick to It
Before you implement a hybrid cloud system, you first need to make sure that you know what goes into which system. Do you want to keep all documents that you haven’t touched in more than a month on the public cloud? What about documents you haven’t touched in six months or a year? Are there certain processes that may only need about a week before you upload them to the public cloud? Whatever the process is, make sure that you have it all laid out and stick to it.
2. Set Time Frames for Spinning Up Information Into the Public Cloud
Every so often, it’s a good idea to go through all the files and processes your company is currently working with and see whether you can spin some of them up into the public cloud. For a company that doesn’t have to move things very frequently, you may want to do this yearly; some companies may do it quarterly or even monthly and more frequently. At these checkpoints, decide what you’re putting into the cloud.
3. Be Open to Storage Expansion, But Don’t Expand Preemptively
Storage expansion is a big reason that people choose hybrid clouds. It’s much easier to expand a public cloud than it is a private cloud, as expanding a private cloud typically requires bringing down the cloud systems, changing them, then putting them back up. With a public cloud, you can do it with the click of a button. However, make sure you’re not expanding before you need to. Just because you can expand the storage, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should.
4. Know What Options Are Available to You and Use Them All
When you have a private cloud or a public cloud, there are certain options that you might have available that you didn’t even know about. For example, with your public cloud, you may be able to upload files so that you can send them to your clients. Getting the most out of your cloud system means utilizing every option you have at your disposal.
There are many ways to get more out of your hybrid cloud system. In general, it’s a good idea to understand your hybrid cloud system fully before you start using it. That way, you’ll be able to understand what you can get out of the system and how to use both the public and private elements of your cloud. Do your research and you’ll be able to utilize your hybrid cloud system more effectively.