The Agile model restructured hierarchies, simplified processes, automated workflows and left the IT infrastructure team squabbling around trying to cope up with the pace that the agile project teams worked. Much of the process efficiencies that a well-laid-out agile plan achieved ended up being counter-intuitive by the resource and budget constraints that originated from the lack of parallel developments in the operations end of the project development spectrum.
With the onset of the Cloud era, enterprises found a way to solve this problem by dramatically bringing down the time and op-ex required to build working instances for their development teams. Several years down the lane, Cloud infrastructure and technologies are now ubiquitous and yet has left the business world torn apart with the gains and compromises they make out of their cloud deals.
On one hand, while private cloud creation platforms ensured absolutely secure cloud creation mechanisms, the package still remained elusive to the general market because of the cost of resource restrictions associated with it.
On the other hand, as the public cloud market gained wide popularity across all sectors, enterprises had their hands tied by not being able to move their highly-critical processes and data to the not-so-secure public cloud platforms. The concept of Hybrid cloud was available as an option but remained non-scalable due to the absence of solid platforms to integrate the two worlds.
Enabling Hybrid Cloud Management
Now with the growing popularity of Hybrid cloud as a mainstream concept that can be adopted irrespective of the size and growth of companies, the platforms and enablers who can unify are also gaining wide traction. As requirements expanded, the concept even got extended beyond the original private and public cloud infrastructure sharing arrangement to mixing and matching infrastructure, data and applications from both sides of the aisle.
The result is a whopping improvement and an accelerated opportunity for the people-in-the-middle of the cloud market. In fact, the “2017 State of Cloud Adoption and Security” has reported, “Hybrid cloud adoption grew 3X in the last year, increasing from 19% to 57% of organizations surveyed”.
Source: 2017 State of Cloud Adoption and Security
How ServiceNow drives Hybrid Cloud Management?
A March 2017 report by Forrester called “The Total Economic Impact of ServiceNow” estimates that companies save over $4.1 million in Infrastructure cost savings over 3 years with ServiceNow. The reason that they attribute for this incredible efficiency is the platform’s “consolidation of multiple systems, licenses, or outsource contracts into platform license” in organizations’ journey to cloud-based infrastructure.
As one of the leading Cloud Computing platforms in the world, ServiceNow offers extensive Service, Operations and Business Management solutions for enterprises of every size. From provisioning resources to orchestrating managed services, ServiceNow’s flexibility ensures faster and easier cloud implementations irrespective of where the organizations are along their cloud transformation journey.
ServiceNow also includes an extensive range of Hybrid Cloud enablement and management options in its Service and Operations suites. With such an inclusive platform, enterprises, of any size and cloud maturity, can build, operate and manage their own hybrid cloud environments within their IT budget. Some of the popular hybrid cloud management enablement solutions are:
- Service Catalog: A self-service portal that allows simple addition and modification of resources- from servers to storage requirements- within a few clicks. The catalog serves as a dashboard where allocated resources picked by the users are authenticated and processed to be used as “portable workloads”. The catalog maintains a wide variety of public and private cloud resources for the users to create Hybrid Cloud scenarios in a jiffy.
- Cloud Blueprint Designer: With its engaging user interface, ServiceNow’s Blueprint designer helps engineers design their Cloud IT frameworks, with reusable objects, within their companies’ policy regulations and allocations. The entire application is designed to let the user view individual network components as just loosely coupled components that can be utilized in a hybrid cloud design without having to concentrate on where it is sourced from.
- Cloud Cost Dashboard: One of the biggest hassles of maintaining a hybrid cloud environment is the exponential complexity that is associated with the billing process. While multiple vendors have separate guidelines on how they account usage of their resources, ServiceNow’s Cost Dashboard offers a single view for authorized users in enterprises to view and analyse usage levels and cost mark-ups, even at a granular level.
The future is Hybrid Cloud driven by ServiceNow, but the enterprises also need a tactical partner to help orchestrate the whole move. As a registered ServiceNow partner, Aspire Systems puts forward a wide array of Cloud management services- with a comprehensive ServiceNow Maturity model– that can help enterprises make rapid, scalable strides towards building their brand new cloud architecture.
Learn more about how Aspire’s team approaches Hybrid Cloud Management using ServiceNow.
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