Hybrid Cloud Diaries: Using a Hybrid Cloud Model to Combat Uncertainty

June 6, 2013 by Diana Nolting

Hybrid Cloud Diaries

Hybrid cloud strategy can be used to leverage a lot of cloud benefits not available from just public or just private. One of the most unique benefits to a public cloud strategy is the ability to deal with uncertainty.

Combat Uncertainty

Uncertainty is common in the pharmaceutical industry. Years of research and development can go into a single drug that never makes it to market. Despite years of research, no one ever knows which drug will take off and which will get shut down.

In order to manage that uncertainty, a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company chose to leverage the hybrid cloud.

Learn About Your Application

One of the ideal results of using the public cloud is to be able to learn about your application. Public cloud resources are not as finite as your internal, public resources, you can expand and grow as needed. By watching the historical use patterns of your application you can better understand its typical resource use and better allocate internal resources when they stabilize and it’s time to bring them back in-house.

When it came to pharmaceutical test and development, they didn’t know which applications would take off, and when, based on how the business unit’s drug or project they supported performed.

Leverage Elastic Cloud Resources

If the organization experiences a successful product launch the application could take off at a rapid growth rate. This can cripple the internal infrastructure if IT is not prepared for it. By hosting a rapidly expanding application in a public cloud the resources can be easily expanded before the application resource usage levels off and at that point can be effectively brought back in-house.

If the product was stable and in development, the resources being used are likely also stable. This is the ideal application for your private cloud because you already know its use patterns. You don’t need to learn about it anymore, you can just host it as long as it stays in this stable state. Should the product go to market, you can easily migrate the workload to the public cloud for growth potential until it levels out again.

If the application is in early development, there’s always a chance it could be shut down. By hosting the application in the public cloud, resources can easily be turned off with the click of a button. You won’t waste internal resources on a cancelled project because you can simply turn off the public cloud resources, something that’s not as easy to do internally.

Do you have uncertainty in your business that could benefit from a hybrid cloud strategy?

Let us know your hybrid cloud use case and it could be featured in a Hybrid Cloud Diaries post.