Weighing the pros and cons of adopting hybrid cloud requires understanding how its advantages will fit into your business strategy.
Although cloud technology had been around since the 60s, it wasn’t until around 2006 that it became trendy, creating a scramble to clearly understand it and make it useful for business operations. It wasn’t long afterward, that hybrid cloud came on the scene; not necessarily better, but different and in many ways more scalable to business needs.
Over the years since, some businesses are still skeptical of how cloud computing can enhance or replace all or part of their IT environment.
Improved efficiency, flexibility and the opportunity for expansion are typical benefits touted to promote cloud. But sometimes lack of perceptibility makes it difficult to endorse a move to the cloud.
Most companies incorporate a mix of on premise and public or private cloud better known as hybrid. Here are some of the reasons hybrid cloud has become popular.
Business continuity is one of the most important elements of business operations. If a failure or disaster occurs, business continuity ensures the data is still accessible, functional, and with little or no downtime. A well-planned business continuity solution must consider resilience, recovery, and contingency. Hybrid cloud solutions allow critical data to be replicated to a cloud solution in a different location from the primary systems. This provides data insurance and minimizes downtime and costs.
Innovation is more accessible in a cloud environment because you don’t have high expenditure to consider. In hybrid cloud, concepts can be tested without costs, prototyped in a cloud environment then rapidly deployed and measured for success. Hybrid cloud also has the benefit of availability of both internal and external resources.
Hybrid cloud offers the opportunity for businesses to scale out to a cloud environment for specific workloads. Implementing automation rules on the cloud provides the ability to scale resources up and down as the demands of business change. The hybrid cloud system has the advantage of unlimited resources based on demand driven usage, optimizing the environment for performance and efficiency.
An organization’s ability to get to market fast is vital. If the IT infrastructure is working near or close to capacity, spinning up a new environment can become a challenge and potentially hinder the business.
Hybrid cloud allows resources to be deployed in an automated process that can mean faster time to market.
Hybrid cloud provides the opportunity to test the capability of workloads and providers, but planning is critical, as hybrid cloud can require complex design to coherently combine an organization’s platform with a cloud environment.
Hybrid Cloud platform can mitigate connectivity issues often occurring during peak traffic periods. By leveraging connectivity solutions to guarantee bandwidth between on premise and cloud locations, performance is measurably improved.
A private hybrid cloud system allows more control in design, architecture, and security than public cloud solutions provide. VAZATA’s philosophy is to add cloud solutions by use of expert services and provide support to ensure efficient and effective managed IT services delivery to our customers and their customers. We provide usable SSAE 18 SOC 1 Type 2 audits and work with clients on audit and PCI, SOX, HIPAA and other compliance measures to ensure they receive the best value.
There really isn’t a one solution fits all scenario when it comes to complex IT infrastructure. That’s why it’s important to understand each and every critical variable in order to make informed, aligned and beneficial decisions.
With the flexibility it provides, a hybrid cloud solution can enhance your business and solve many complex business issues. The first step is to discover which of these many business benefits could work best for your organization.