As more organizations adopt a hybrid approach to cloud computing, it’s necessary to look at how such an infrastructure can be leveraged effectively, especially at a time when mobile device management (MDM) is also coming to prominence.
There is a lot of overlap between the hybrid cloud and MDM, so to better understand this relationship and the benefits it brings about, here’s an overview of the main talking points you need to grasp.
The chief motivation behind going hybrid rather than settling solely for on-site resources or flinging everything off-site to a public cloud platform is that it combines the advantages of both these approaches, while eliminating most of the drawbacks.
Being able to keep sensitive data securely on hardware that you control in totality, while having the opportunity to embrace the scalability and cost-effectiveness of a remote data center as well is what it’s all about.
From an MDM perspective, that means embracing a strategy that is flexible, agile and cost-effective. Plus, with services like SolarWinds’ Hybrid Cloud Observability tool, even comparatively complicated configurations of in-house and outsourced hardware and software can be monitored and managed efficiently.
Say you want to roll out an app which employees will use on portable gadgets, with some of the data being sensitive and some being less concerning from a security point of view. Without the hybrid cloud, this would create an unsolvable conundrum. With the hybrid cloud, it’s a simple matter to set straight.
Furthermore, if you’ve got legacy systems that you don’t want to let go of quite yet, but you also intend to make preparations for further changes and transformations in the MDM landscape further down the line, implementing a hybrid strategy lets you morph gradually, as opposed to it being a binary choice.
Then there are the factors of convenience and cost. You might not have the people-power or the expertise to always keep your MDM ecosystem up to date, and even if you do, the cost of dealing with this internally might be the limiting factor. A hybrid approach lets a third party take care of the admin for you, reducing the expense associated with cutting edge strategies and solutions, while also bolstering uptime.
The additional aspects to consider
Obviously there are some ways in which the hybrid cloud and MDM are not ideal, and the aforementioned possibility for increased complexity and even outright fragmentation is definitely worth being aware of.
You can’t assume that in-house systems and external cloud solutions will play nice with one another, and so a lot of research and preparation is required before pulling the trigger on a hybrid MDM deployment.
There’s also the matter of the extensive amount of choice. With so many options available and so many paths to take, untangling this market and finding the route that’s right for you is an uphill struggle in its own right.
That said, if you have patience and you implement tools which can streamline the operation of a hybrid environment, it’s not an insurmountable obstacle.
Every business has to take MDM seriously today, because mobile devices are here to stay. While smaller companies may have been precluded from handling this in-house, the hybrid cloud presents a viable option for adopting modern MDM strategies and solutions without being burdened by the cost.
Overall the benefits outweigh the concerns you might have, and for keeping critical data safe while accelerating everyday workloads in a mobile environment, there’s no question that the hybrid cloud outclasses the rest of the market.