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Hybrid Cloud Trends to Watch Out for in 2021

Red Hat chief architect Emily Brand says that the enterprise shift to hybrid cloud as the standard is evident in recent developments in the cloud landscape that are blurring the lines between the public cloud and the traditional data center. This in turn is giving companies that embraced hybrid cloud earlier an advantage.
“With the recent announcements by the major cloud vendors encouraging hybrid cloud, our existing customers who have been preparing for this are now in the unique position to be ahead of their competitors who may be all-in on one cloud provider,” Brand says.
Expect hybrid cloud’s status to be cemented in 2021 as IT leaders and organizations become more intentional and strategic about their hybrid cloud architectures. And that’s the first of five hybrid cloud trends worth monitoring in the year ahead. Let’s take a deeper look.
1. Hybrid becomes entrenched as the go-to IT infrastructure model
Even though plenty of companies “accidentally” adopt a hybrid cloud model, they’re now realizing that it affords them greater strategic control over what runs where. Cloud does not have to be an either/or
In the year ahead, expect a growing focus on developing smart hybrid cloud strategies that maximize the benefits of this approach. These plans should include essentials like resource utilization and cost optimization, application modernization roadmaps based on what’s best for the organization (rather than abstract benefits), tighter data governance, stronger security postures, and more.
2. Cloud platforms themselves turn increasingly hybrid
The “rush to the public cloud” phase is likely to ebb relative to recent years. That’s because organizations no longer always need to actually move an application to a public cloud platform to achieve the benefits that come with doing so. They increasingly can gain the same or similar advantages in their own datacenter; cloud-native technologies like Kubernetes should not be confused with “cloud-only,” per se.
Cost savings are typically a key factor when considering lift-and-shift to the cloud, which is beginning to look less and less attractive due to the highly optimized on-premises cloud environments of the future.
3. Workload-environment fit is a major priority
All of the above points to a growing trend toward more holistically and thoughtfully rationalizing the application portfolio on a case-by-case basis. Put another way: Forward-thinking organizations are better able to match workloads to the best environment based on a range of criteria that matter to them most, whether cost, performance, compliance, skill sets, industry-specific needs, and so forth.
King thinks we’ll hear more about repatriation – essentially, cloud migration in reverse – and it will simply be the result of more priority being placed on workload fit, not because of some generalized abandonment of cloud and its benefits.
4. Edge computing drives hybrid cloud adoption
Companies end up with hybrid cloud architectures for many reasons. But there’s one that is increasingly fueling intentional adoption.
Edge computing has emerged as one of the most important drivers given that edge is an explicitly hybrid approach to computing. It spans from the enterprise computing core out to the edge of Telco and other service provider networks and from there, to user sites and sensor networks. Edge contrasts sharply with multi-cloud silos given that consistent platforms and management is a necessity for edge architectures to function effectively.

Steps for Businesses to Cope with the Second Wave of Covid 19

Steps for Businesses to Cope with the Second Wave of Covid 19

The 2nd wave of Covid is here and things will be different from here on, for a while for businesses. Restrictions will loosen over time in multiple stages. Not all operating departments will receive a green light at once. A call to action is required to cope with the changes and restructuring initiated within organizations.

So, what is your recovery plan? Here are few important steps to help you get started with planning your post-COVID-19 comeback:

Prepare your core operating unit

As we test the water to recheck the safety of free movement, a part of the workforce will be allowed to resume back to their old routine. Who is it going to be?

Following the 80-20 rule currently enacted in the UAE, to get 80% of operations reengaged, 20% of the workforce is required to commence their duties.

After weeks of isolation, you have an idea on which department holds the key to kick starting operations. They are the foundation of your organization’s functions.

Assemble your core team, and prepare them for battle. Run a checklist on workflow and safety measures. With your core unit in place, all other departments can pick up where they left off.

Tackle the honest reality

Let’s face it, 2020 budget and targets are tossed out the window. So, what should you expect moving forward?

Don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions. There are new challenges to follow that need to be addressed now. These include:

  • How long will this continue?
  • Are people willing to spend?
  • Will these prices work in this market?
  • How can you increase sales conversion?

A lot of questions need answers when creating a robust recovery plan. Think in terms of flexibility. It is crucial to identify when the market isn’t responding and have the ability to switch over to a new plan quickly.

Draw various scenarios to these plans. Establish control measures to each of these challenges, and set milestones when evaluating the market’s reaction.

Pick a winning marketing strategy

Every organization experiences different levels of success with online marketing. Factors vary between target audiences and the platforms used to introduce customer brand engagement.

Marketing is about creating awareness. Customers need constant reminders of your brand, and what you have to offer. Breakdown your achievements to tiers and set goals.

With restricted budgets, a careful analysis of previous success will bring to life a competitive strategy. Dig into the data of old campaigns with high response rates. For instance, look into:

  • Why did it work so well?
  • Will it work in this market?
  • What did the audience like about it?
  • How can we recreate something similar?

Stay one step ahead of the game. Get your marketing plans in order. Prepare for launch, and be ready to execute.

This pandemic will pass, leaving behind changes for us to adapt. A new roadmap for an organization’s future will set itself up for success. Planning is a vital stage for businesses right now. And the aforementioned steps will build your organization’s new foundation and growth plans for the future.