Hybrid Cloud: The Best of both Worlds

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Ready or not your business will be inevitably impacted by the cloud, the cloud is empowering business owners and executives to take the reins and control how and when they consume data.

While the debate over private versus public cloud continues to rage on, hybrid cloud computing is getting increasing attention from IT professional as the model enables users to leverage the benefits of both public and private clouds and helps organization find a balance between their IT infrastructure and public cloud service.

Hybrid cloud computing service is a cloud service that spans both private and public cloud implementations, or both on-premises private and off-premises private or public cloud implementations. A hybrid cloud service can, among other things, synchronize and/or replicate data between public and private clouds, and migrate services on a continuous basis between public and private clouds. – Gartner 2014
To get the inside track on why the hybrid cloud is such a fast-growing industry trend, Milind Govekar, managing vice president at Gartner, highlights five benefits that CIOs can expect when migrating to a hybrid cloud environment:

  1. Cloud computing can help with cost efficiency – Hybrid cloud computing can maximize cost-efficiency, particularly capital expenditure, through competition and automated arbitrage.” He says this may not happen as fluidly as in the financial market, but more so than when manually choosing one provider over another.
  2. Private cloud computing ensures isolation – Hybrid cloud computing enables an enterprise to balance isolation, cost and scaling requirements.
  3. Cloud computing can enable high availability and resiliency – Hybrid cloud computing can improve resiliency and disaster recovery by using multiple partners.
  4. Cloud computing can introduce new functionality quickly – Hybrid cloud computing makes it easier to introduce new functionality quickly and more flexibly.
  5. Cloud computing ensures a low barrier to entry – Hybrid cloud computing can help an enterprise build an exit strategy.

As public cloud adoption is growing fast, whilst some applications and data must stay in-house for many organizations, one can only see a healthy future for hybrid cloud.
Financial savings and the flexibility to scale based on need is going to continue to drive public cloud adoption, but whilst strict regulations for many organizations remain in place not everybody is going to be able to make the move. Nevertheless, these organizations will still require highly efficient in-house operations and a greater degree of flexibility. Therefore, their move to hybrid cloud is somewhat inevitable.
It is likely that before long on-premise solutions will struggle to meet their needs in an ever-changing business landscape, therefore, their only viable option will be hybrid cloud.

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