Frustrated by the rising costs of public cloud? Consider a hybrid cloud model and regain control of your IT.
Hybrid cloud is leading the way in enterprise because of the balance it affords a business to work towards its goals harmoniously. Typical business objectives of efficiency, availability, reliability, security and cost efficiency no longer have to be a compromise with IT.
By using a combination of both public and private cloud, companies can make the best of both technologies. The hybrid environment consists of a maintained, on premise, private cloud, coupled with public cloud infrastructure and applications that are consumed as and when required.
Hybrid cloud architecture utilises the technology already in situ for the private cloud aspect, repurposing the investment already made. Public cloud offers the associated benefits of cost efficiency, agility and mobility.
Concerns over security drive the push towards hybrid cloud
Enterprise can rightfully be quite fearful of storing all data in the public cloud, having limited control and facing numerous potential threats. It is incredibly risky to place all of a company’s sensitive data in the public cloud and leave security in the hands of this third party. This wariness has led to the significant adoption of hybrid cloud models. Certain important data can be securely managed locally, but more routine apps and services transferred to the public cloud. By taking advantage of the public cloud benefits, the private cloud element doesn’t need to be burdened or compromised.
Manage your costs and gain flexibility, all in one go
The total cost of ownership (TCO) from a hybrid cloud system is typically lower than that of either a dedicated public or private cloud model.
Although the private cloud aspect requires infrastructure investment, this is now only a portion of the organisation’s total data requirement. There is also the possibility to repurpose existing kit if appropriate, thus further reducing capital expenditure. Public cloud models are pay-as-you-need, so you will be able to accurately determine your monthly operational expenditure and foresee any capacity increases or decreases.
Promote innovation and gain a competitive advantage
By having some resources in the public cloud, internal IT personnel can gain time back to innovate and develop their environment. The public cloud can be used for testing by scaling up and back down as required, rather than having to permanently purchase capacity for a dev environment.
A hybrid model for a common goal
The hybrid cloud model can benefit businesses in ways that opting for solely a public or private option can’t. IT and Operations working in harmony to drive productivity and growth is a major objective in most organisations. Adopting this way of working can give you control of your IT again, without any of the constraints of the past.