Why Hybrid Cloud is Tough to Manage

An article I penned recently outlined why Hybrid Cloud is tough to manage for enterprises. While you can check out the article in Cloud Computing Journal, let me explain here about how the Apcera Hybrid Cloud Operating System (HCOS) can address these problems:

1. Capabilities Between Clouds are Different– Every cloud service, and every provider, is different, so there’s no easy way to do apple-to-apple comparisons to determine which is the best in terms of cost and performance for your company’s unique needs. And even though there are some websites that attempt to offer comparisons, it’s still not perfect.

Though the Apcera HCOS won’t let you compare before you buy, it definitely reduces the cost and risk associated with choosing or moving between cloud providers. Our HCOS makes it easy to try out various clouds – including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine (GCE) and IBM SoftLayer – using the single, HCOS interface, eliminating the need to hire experts and do a lot of manual integration. As a result, you don’t have to invest in a lot of specialized expertise, and you can run pilots in each cloud to determine what works best.

2. Headcount Explosion– Since your in-house IT staff aren’t likely experts in AWS, GCE or SoftLayer, you’ll probably have to hire additional staff to manage your public cloud solutions. In the long run, these new employees will add to your expenses and overhead. The Apcera HCOS can eliminate the need for these specialists because it automates the integration and overall management of all IT resources – in house and across multiple public clouds.

3. Lack of Flexibility in Deploying and Managing Apps– Today each vendor – for the hardware in your data center or that offered by cloud providers – has its own tools that enable you to deploy and manage apps. Our HCOS acts like your computer’s OS, but instead manages an application’s access to the compute resources it needs across a cluster of IT resources, regardless of where they’re located.

4. Impermeable Management and Control Boundaries– Because of inflexibility resulting from not having a cohesive management tool, it’s virtually impossible to permeate the boundaries set up by each cloud provider. The Apcera HCOS allows you to pass through those boundaries at the management and control plane levels, and move and manage workloads across vendor boundaries.

5. Lack of Security Enforcement Across Resources– The differences between cloud management tools often do not allow you to apply policy the same way or consistently enforce it. The Apcera HCOS enables you to enforce policy at the source, providing a layer of security for each cloud offering and then interfacing with those offerings in a way that enables you to apply policy right where the workloads are running.