CIO Asia: How should CIOs overcome the complexities of hybrid cloud adoption? What's your advice to APJ companies looking to successfully adopt hybrid cloud?
Yammouni: A carefully considered roadmap or plan will define preferred platforms for different categories of workloads, and will factor in the cost/time parameters, as well as regulatory and data implications associated with each workload.
Oversight and control of the entire process-from migration and deployment, to operation and optimisation of a hybrid cloud platform-are of key importance. A planned architectural approach will minimise unexpected operational, data risk or security issues.
A modular transformation approach is strongly recommended, and careful selection of established and proven partnerships (as no single provider can provide all possible skills) will also minimise risk and cost, as well as provide innovation sources that are of differentiating value.
CIO Asia: How should organisations pick a partner to work with to deploy hybrid cloud?
Yammouni: We at HPE typically advise our customers to look for vendors and partners that have the ability to work seamlessly across applications and platforms. They should have strong credentials in migration and integration services. And they should have proven, long standing partnerships and collaborations with others in the industry.
For example, HPE and Microsoft have created the HPE Azure Centers of Excellence to ensure customers have a seamless hybrid cloud experience when leveraging Azure across HPE infrastructure, software and services. Enterprises should look for this level of commitment from multiple parties to ensure that collaborations are not just "one-off".
Finally, we recommend avoidance of lock-in. A safe selection of partner will typically be based on the partner's credentials and track record at delivering a quality of service. The partners should also brings choice to the client as well as guide those choices with real experience and expert advice.
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