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Cloud technology is a powerful tool with unmeasurable potential. Across the globe, companies are harnessing the cloud to propel their business solutions. However, there are always some companies that cannot entirely shift their solutions to the cloud.

Thanks to the hybrid cloud model, companies house some of their solutions on their on-premises servers and store the rest of them in the cloud. Most companies have adopted the hybrid cloud model, as it suits both conventional and new-age operations. Though hybrid cloud sounds enticing, many companies fail to achieve the correct hybrid cloud strategy because they overlook some crucial factors. 

1) Architectural Consistency

When it comes to a hybrid cloud model, a company should realize that it will operate on two types of servers. This is one of the unique benefits of cloud technology. However, this advantage often puts various companies at a disadvantage. Productivity is often hindered by the varying system architectures of the on-premises servers and cloud.

In the long run, the company stands to experience stunted productivity growth. To avoid that, it is wise to have consistency in the infrastructure throughout the hybrid. In addition, consistent architecture reduces complexities.

2) Seamless Automation

Automation is the prophetic key to reduce errors. However, if the automation is not correctly implemented over both systems, it leads to undesired results. The company should factor in the reality that the automation will be done on disjointed systems. 

Also, it would be best to make it a priority to ingrain automation in this hybrid infrastructure. It is, after all, one of the most significant assets introduced with cloud hybridization. With the reduction of errors and resources, the company can better hone its products.

3) Simplified Management

In the name of streamlining, companies often broach practices that hamper productivity. Embracing the spirit of consistent architecture, the business should adopt a simplified management approach. The company should tailor a policy after considering the heterogeneous environments that the teams will work in. 

4) IAM Policy

As the company’s solutions are spread out, there is a chance for misuse. Adopting a stringent Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy is a must. The usage access must be monitored, allowing the company to assess the security gaps they need to plug. The company should decide the extent of access for all employees required to work on the hybrid.

It is wise to employ a cloud service provider who can mold and implement a firm IAM policy. Having an experienced third-party provider eases the burden for the company, as the provider ensures that none are overstepping their boundaries. 

5) Security

Given the heterogeneity of cloud services, the company may unknowingly leave gaping holes in security. With the recent ransomware attacks on various corporations, such as Kaseya and JBS, one cannot stress enough the need for security. Cybercriminals are out there coming up with new methods to cripple organizations of any size.

With digital solutions spread across multiple locations, it is pertinent to pay strict attention to security. It is wise to consider DevSecOps as ingrained rather than adopting a security policy after the entire hybrid structure is operational.

Capping it off

It is easy to become enamored by the benefits that a hybrid cloud offers. However, to reap the benefits, one needs to stick to their business objectives. The plan allows the company to achieve its objectives by freeing up its staff with the hybrid cloud implementation. With automation implemented on a consistent architecture, the staff can focus their efforts on the company’s core interests.

About the Author: Vamsee Ajjampudi is a senior content writer at the Veritis Group. He authors articles on technology, market research, and current events. He has been penning content on diverse topics ranging from entertainment to cybersecurity. Apart from professional writing, he doles out career advice and lifestyle-related answers on Quora to his numerous followers. He loves to stargaze and play with his pet dog while he is not clacking away at his keyboard.

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