By Mike Fuhrman, Chief Product Officer at Flexential
As more organizations make the shift to a hybrid IT infrastructure, data is increasingly dispersed across various networks, often in different geographical locations. As a hybrid IT strategy becomes the norm for organizations, executives and IT decision makers must ensure that public, private and hybrid solutions are accessible to every business, partner, end user and customer. So the question becomes, how do you maintain a cohesive IT strategy among different networks and environments?
Enter interconnection. With seamless integration of your network infrastructures, organizations can ensure maximum uptime and complete IT availability for their business - no matter the data’s location. Additionally, interconnection allows an organization to expand its local footprint without the need to move to other facilities as the business scales. In short, implementing efficient processes can allow organizations to focus on growth rather than constantly monitoring, managing and optimizing their network connectivity.
On the surface, interconnection can be complex and intimidating. But if you follow a few simple steps, secure, efficient and sustainable interconnection across your IT landscape can be achievable.
1. Connect All of The Moving Parts
This is one of the most important aspects of transitioning to hybrid IT, but it is also one of the trickiest. Your infrastructure likely has many moving parts and applications that rely on multiple data sets found in disparate locations. To have a successful migration, you must keep in mind that data and applications are intrinsically linked. It is critical that you understand how much each application consumes and produces before simply picking it up and moving it. To do this, companies should consider storing manageable amounts of data in an on-premise location with hyperscalers, or with a data center provider, allowing each application to properly connect to the correct data store. This way, its unique needs are accommodated for and your organization will be set to achieve an efficient and ultimately successful migration process.
2. Focus on the Long Term
When it comes to interconnection, it’s not productive to get wrapped up in the “here and now.” Always have the future of your workloads in mind. (Side note: This also rings true for enterprises looking to implement a disaster recovery plan or solution). It’s critical to recognize your organization’s plans to replicate IT processes with interconnection. You’ll also need to carefully consider compliance, your company’s downtime allowance and the most effective ways to store your most sensitive data. While the process can seem challenging and time-consuming, ensuring proper interconnection will, in-turn, allow you to put more time, energy and resources back into your organization. Keep your eye on the prize: a stable and secure IT environment.
3. Master Management and Monitoring
Once a solid interconnection framework is established and your data is sitting in different locations, make sure you set aside time for it to adapt to its new environment. Once you’ve been able to work out the kinks, retaining agile workloads is key to the success of your interconnection strategy. Maintaining agile workloads goes hand-in-hand with creating opportunities for open communication among your peers and colleagues. Discuss the goals you would like to achieve with interconnection and institute a routine for consistent and effective monitoring.
Without proper interconnection, you risk losing time, money and resources -- all of which make an organization’s IT operations thrive. By developing a more well-rounded, cohesive approach to planning and executing an interconnection strategy, you are making a smart business investment toward the long-term success of your organization’s most sensitive and critical data.