Hybrid cloud computing continues to grow in popularity—offering enterprises a "best of both worlds" approach to increasing the flexibility and scalability of their IT infrastructure while maintaining control over the business-critical applications and data they want to keep behind the company firewall.
At the same time, without an effective data strategy driving its adoption and the right collection of technologies and tools, gaining business agility and cost savings from a hybrid cloud architecture is far from guaranteed.
The ability to share data and applications between environments can be used to increase efficiencies, break down data silos and empower users with faster insights, but only if properly integrated, managed, governed, and secured.
DBTA held a webinar featuring John Capello, VP product strategy, Nasuni; Aaron Morton, field CTO, DataStax; and James Goodfellow, senior manager, product marketing, Progress, who discussed key data management considerations, as well as technologies and tools to keep in mind.
According to Capello, the best deployment strategies leverage cloud advantages. He recommended organizations start small, but simple to scale by adding, reconfiguring, and reprioritizing. He also outlined more steps including:
- Reduce day to day management tasks
- Replace multiple technologies with one, flexible solution
- Make data and applications more accessible, faster
- Use current budget dollars, vs. incremental new
- Are cloud agnostic and multi-cloud
- Fit within your security model
Not all data is equal or modern, Morton said, and fast data does not equal deep data. The challenges of RDBMS to becoming cloud native include distribution, design, scaling, processing, access, and consistency enforcement.
With DataStax companies can use cloud native databases to unlock hybrid cloud data, Morton explained. A cloud native database must include scalability, elasticity, resiliency, observability, and automation.
According to Goodfellow, hybrid data challenges include data access, security and compliance, and speed-of-business.
The Progress DataDirect Hybrid Data Pipeline offers firewall-friendly access to on-prem data sources, exposes your data source for open analytics via SQL or REST, and a single interface to access any cloud data source.
An archived on-demand replay of this webinar is available here.