How to simplify your hybrid multicloud strategy

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Blue Chip Blog
13 Feb 2020
How to simplify your hybrid multicloud strategy

A hybrid multicloud system integrates traditional IT infrastructure with a mix of public, private or managed cloud services. Essentially, it is a virtual computing environment that effectively manages these disparate entities as if they were a single, unified service.

Pragmatic and scalable, hybrid multicloud environments help to keep business’ processes secure, compliant and easy to manage. They combine the reliability and security of a private cloud service with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a public solution.

80%80% of companies use a multi-cloud strategy usually composed of a hybrid model relying on public and private clouds, according to Rightscale's 2018 State of the Cloud.

 

When hybrid multicloud strategies don’t work

Without a scalable solution, efficiently linking individual cloud service providers (CSPs) on a global scale can be problematic, hard to manage and costly. Connecting different environments takes time, capital expense and a lot of technical skill, all of which can hinder operational success.

98%Research published by IBM Institute for Business Value reveals that, by 2021, 98% of companies plan to use multiple hybrid clouds.

 

Depending on how many different vendors have been deployed (and are set to be in the future), in-house IT teams looking to ‘do it themselves’ will need a wide-reaching understanding of how different solutions operate in order to manage a multicloud environment well.

What’s more, CSPs have their own billing systems and pricing structures, making it difficult to keep track of costs. 

Simplifying strategies with a scalable hybrid cloud

Blue Chip’s flexible hybrid cloud solution is comprised of a software-defined network, storage, virtual compute automation and uniquely developed orchestration engine, making it an attractive proposition for businesses requiring a flexible system.

40%Less than 40% of companies have configuration management tools that provide information about resource configuration and relationships, according to IBM.

 

IT strategies are typically linked to projected growth over a period of three to five years. However, during an ongoing period of economic uncertainty such as the one we find ourselves in today, it can be difficult to accurately forecast a year ahead, let alone five.

Blue Chip’s cloud solution offers the following benefits:

Autonomy

It provides enterprises with full control over the supply chain while minimising risk and facilitating business growth.

Security

Blue Chip Cloud is also PCI accredited, meaning everything meets the highest security requirements of the payment card industry and customer data is secure.

Speed

The orchestration engine enables Blue Chip’s IT teams to create complete production and test environments in a matter of hours as opposed to weeks or months.

In fact, the current record to deploy an IBM LPAR is just two hours.

Orchestration Engine

Connectivity

The system integrates with SaaS and public cloud providers, including Microsoft Azure, Salesforce, Google, AWS and IBM Cloud, which not all vendors are able to do.

Flexibility

The system’s infrastructure is flexible, allowing the business’s IT provision to align with its individual needs at any given time. (This also means the business only pays for what it needs.)

Worldwide

Blue Chip Cloud is supported by worldwide network connectivity, transcending borders and connecting customers across the globe.

A simple onboarding process

Fortunately, the implementation process is as streamlined at the solution itself. Blue Chip’s technical team works with the business throughout the onboarding phase and beyond to ensure that it’s transparent and easy to navigate for all users.

“We work very closely with our customers to understand their current platforms, any pain points they have and any issues,” explains Claire Gallagher, Client Director.

For example, Blue Chip can significantly boost the processing capacity for short periods of time on request. This enables retailers to move more swiftly through a peak trading period or a financial services company to manage the year end more efficiently, for instance.

Blue Chip’s technical team can also replicate complete cloud environments (not just at a VMware level) within a matter of hours. This enables them to simulate live problems and run a test as if it were in live production.

Added focus on sustainability

As well as maintaining the highest technical standards, Blue Chip is committed to looking after the environment today and for generations to come. We’ve pledged to plant 768,000 trees and have a PUE (power usage effectiveness) rating of 1.13.

Ultimately, organisations can regain control over their multicloud environment with a scalable solution that can be adjusted to meet their changing needs. And by harnessing the power of the right platform, business owners can accelerate their enterprise’s growth and reinvest their IT team’s time into other areas of the business.

To find out more about how Blue Chip’s Flexible Hybrid Cloud Solution can simplify your hybrid multicloud strategy, contact the team today.

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This article was written by Kate Tattersfield.

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