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Is The Hybrid Cloud Right For You?

Considering a move to the hybrid cloud? Hear Michael Biddick's forecast first.

Michael Biddick, CEO of Fusion PPT, will present a half-day workshop on “Managing Applications in a Hybrid Cloud World” at the Cloud Connect Summit at Interop on September 29 in New York.  

As an Interop attendee and speaker over the last five years, Biddick knows the conference to be a great venue for making major announcements about new products and hearing about features being released by vendors. In addition to leading a workshop at the 2014 Cloud Connect Summit, Biddick will also be a judge in the Best of Interop competition, where new vendor products will be evaluated based primarily on how much impact they could create in the market.  

Biddick spoke with Clark Buckner of TechnologyAdvice about his Hybrid Cloud workshop, current challenges in the hybrid cloud industry, and opportunities he currently sees in that space.

Biddick’s half-day, hybrid cloud workshop will cut through the marketing hype and the oftentimes high-level avalanche of information on hybrid cloud computing. He’ll dive into the specifics of the hybrid cloud and how hybrid cloud applications are designed or deployed. He’ll also weigh the benefits and challenges that can exist because of hybrid cloud architecture.

Essentially, Biddick will help his audience understand hybrid cloud computing at its core and assist them in determining whether or not such architecture would be an effective, valuable tool to add to their company’s technological tool chest.

Biddick outlines three major challenges in the public cloud industry today:

  • Application mobility: How can a company move their application into the hybrid cloud when it’s an existing (desktop- or server-based) application?
  • Cost analysis: Organizations that understand their usage patterns and storage needs could discover that the cost for running a hybrid model could be more expensive than keeping software and services local. 
  • Interoperability and portability: If a company decides to change their provider, how can they ensure there’s an effective process in place to move the workload upon changing providers?

Based on these challenges, Biddick sees several opportunities that organizations can tap into:

  • Do the fundamental work. Understand what your requirements are, what your baseline performance and workload requirements are for applications, and what your service level agreements are.
  • Have realistic expectations. Organizations need to understand that a hybrid cloud is not the solution to every problem. The hybrid cloud won’t fix existing applications that are poorly performing.
  • Go back to the basics. This will usually take care of many problems. Hybrid cloud systems have many fundamentals involved. Due to too much hype and misinformation, many of the fundamentals of cloud computing also become overlooked.

Biddick identified cost savings as the single greatest benefit of a hybrid cloud for deploying applications.

Additionally, the best software candidates for moving into a hybrid cloud environment are applications with intermittent usage periods, i.e. when the application experiences very high usage for a short amount of time but sees little to no use for the rest of the year. Migrating a company’s workload to the public cloud would then greatly help in maintaining or building an effective infrastructure. This way, a company can scale their systems based on workload and demand without overtaxing their IT support.

On the other hand, the single greatest risk in moving to a hybrid cloud is vendor lock-in. Many companies fail to create portability strategies. Such companies may become locked into one particular vendor, consequently losing their ability to ever—or at least effectively—migrate to a hybrid cloud system.

Established in 2009, Fusion PPT provides IT consulting and system integration to organizations. Read more about Michael Biddick’s Cloud Connect Hybrid Cloud Workshop at Interop this year, then connect with him on Twitter @michaelbiddick. Register today

Clark Buckner is a content marketer and new media strategist podcasting about technology and entrepreneurship at He enjoys the tech conference scene and discovering innovative ways to create new opportunities from emerging technologies. View Full Bio

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