March 28, 2019 | Written by: Albert McKeon
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Who says enterprises can’t have the best of both clouds?
That’s exactly what the hybrid cloud delivers: the scalability and reliability of public cloud with the security and customization of private cloud. If basic cloud computing enables businesses to develop products faster and make full use of their data, then hybrid cloud is the logical next step forward. A hybrid approach helps enterprises quickly pivot their IT resources to match shifts in business strategy. It also sets an ideal foundation to harness artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics.
In a hybrid model, data and workloads can easily shift between public and private clouds based on business needs. A hybrid approach gives enterprises the flexibility to explore new business opportunities without putting a halt to the work they’ve always done best.
Scalable, flexible, secure
Many organizations depend on either a public or a private cloud, but enterprises increasingly recognize they need both services to support their IT environments. There are slightly different perspectives in the field regarding what constitutes a hybrid environment. However, the near-consensus is that it allows applications and components to operate across public and private cloud instances, as well as between old and new architectures.
The hybrid cloud market is growing at a 22.7 percent compound annual growth rate, according to research by Mordor Intelligence. This increasing popularity reflects the hybrid cloud’s strength. This IT approach can work for all types of businesses and accommodate the varying goals and projects within an organization.
To embrace the hybrid model, organizations must understand how their established IT components will connect with the two clouds and how this new approach will underpin all business applications. It’s a tricky process that will go smoother with expert help.
Once in a hybrid environment, however, users almost immediately notice how it transforms the elemental nature of design, development, sales, marketing, customer service, supply chain management and almost every element of a business.
For one, the hybrid model allows organizations to quickly spin up environments on either the public or private cloud at no additional cost to infrastructure. Scalability is now essential, and it will continue to be crucial in the future as digital-driven commerce increases the demand for new products in rapid time. A hybrid model taps unlimited cloud resources that can be scaled down as workflows change. It’s an approach that fully supports an enterprise’s commitment to innovation and speed.
Hybrid also ensures business continuity and improved security. Customer-facing applications can live on a public cloud, while back-end systems that handle sensitive information and projects can be facilitated on a private cloud and on-site infrastructure. By replicating critical data to the private cloud, business operations won’t skip a beat if the infrastructure faces an interruption.
Unlock business potential
Hybrid cloud also helps unlock the potential of a business’s greatest digital asset: data. Insight from data will create new business opportunities and ways to gauge the true pulse of the market, competition and customer base. But current IT infrastructure might not be able to handle the computational resources needed to collect, sort, clean and analyze high volumes of data on a continuous basis. Many AI-supported technologies are constantly gathering information from many data points and turning that information into real-time, actionable insight.
With a hybrid model, organizations can run data analytics programs through public clouds and tap private clouds to store sensitive data. Data management will be a top priority as organizations rely more on data analytics, and a hybrid approach will remove the stress and complications an organization would otherwise face by solely relying on its own infrastructure.
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