An experienced partner can speed this effort with a library of hybrid cloud blueprints. For example, Accenture has a vast collection of architectures, technical designs and automation/configuration scripts that can jumpstart the process of mapping workloads to landing zones.
3. Create a Continuum Control Plane
You’ve identified your landing zones and planned the right architecture. Now, you need a way to manage your hybrid multi-cloud experience. Each environment comes with its own set of tools, but trying to use them all at once makes it hard to control cost and performance. Instead, consider a Continuum Control Plane that can manage a full set of landing zones and more across multiple private and public cloud providers. It allows developers and operators to automate common tasks and workflows, at scale, at any location, by bringing together new processes and tools. It also helps organizations grow a culture of agility and continuous innovation while meeting their need for operational and financial stability.
4. Draw the right roadmap
Next up? Deciding how to organize the migration to the optimized landing zones. In some cases, you’ll need to move in multiple phases over the long-term to maintain business continuity; in others, you’ll want to move applications in groups—say, if a process spans three applications. It may be more cost-effective to rethink some business processes, rather than customize a solution to fit them. Along the way, consider the operating model. How can you configure and integrate security into the development process and transition? Do you have the people (and skills) you need? How will you build full-stack management teams? These are just some of the questions to consider.
5. Remember: Innovation never ends
Your business doesn’t stand still. Neither should your IT. Once companies have reached their target state, they can keep harnessing innovations from multiple private- and public-cloud providers. This means re-engineering infrastructure to adapt to new goals and technologies. A “target state” isn’t defined by a technology stack—it’s in the resilience of your processes and the adaptiveness of your people to continuously evolve within the Cloud Continuum. With a Continuum Control Plane you build a solid foundation for this evolution, without having to start from scratch every time a new cloud service comes along.
The hybrid path forward
More and more organizations are recognizing that hybrid architectures are the right option to meet their diverse business needs today and tomorrow. So, the question becomes not whether to use a hybrid architecture, but how to consciously build and successfully manage one.
By nature, hybrid architectures are complex. It’s vital to keep them as simple as possible, and plan how to manage complexity rather than neglecting it exists. This will keep the business secure, lean and agile.