Beyond the clouds: How hybrid cloud is reshaping business operations

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Author: Eric Schnatterly, Vice President, Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM A/NZ

Cloud technologies have grown exponentially in recent years, with impacts evident in businesses across the world. Yet modern practical usage of cloud technology is still in its infancy, with mainstream applications only scratching the surface of the functionality it could allow.

The main reasons for resistance to maximising cloud potential on a broader scale have been concerns about complexity as well as security and governance issues. Enter hybrid cloud technologies, the potential revolution allowing public clouds, private clouds and on-premises IT to interoperate seamlessly.

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How hybrid cloud can change how you operate

Essentially, hybrid cloud allows multiple clouds and on-site IT to work together as a singular system. It can work across Linux, Open Container Initiative and Kubernetes, the three dominant technology interfaces, making adoption simple.

By optimising public and private clouds plus on-premises IT, hybrid cloud can efficiently handle front-office workloads while maintaining the security of private clouds and integrating IT environments into the process.

One notable benefit of hybrid cloud for businesses is they can individually decide how public or private they wish their interface to be, depending on the unique demands of their workplace.

Enjoying security on hybrid cloud

Security concerns are the primary reasons businesses are reluctant to move to broader cloud adoption, but hybrid cloud can alleviate these issues.

The primary benefit of hybrid cloud is that it allows companies to run applications and store their data in specific environments which best cater to their individual security and regulatory needs.

Additionally, hybrid cloud can securely connect:

  • On-site IT, hosting mission-critical activities with greater regulatory scope.
  • Private cloud, accommodating bespoke access to authorised people.
  • Public cloud, providing a wider reach to platforms that can be accessed in a range of locations.

A real-world example of hybrid cloud in action

Last year, in an Australian banking first, Westpac Group partnered with IBM to implement a fully integrated hybrid cloud platform across their business to deliver premium services to more than 13 million customers.

Called Hybrid-Platform-as-a-Service (HPaaS), the new environment enables Westpac to easily deploy applications across the group and deliver new customer solutions to market faster, while meeting regulations for data protection and privacy.

Discover how hybrid cloud can benefit your business

Hybrid cloud is the next stage of cloud technology, an efficient system that combines the security of private clouds and the simplicity of public clouds, resulting in a holistic interface that can meet the needs of any modern organisation.

Find out more

Discover the potential of hybrid cloud technology at the upcoming IBM Cloud Innovation Exchange, a must-attend event for anyone interested in optimising how their business uses cloud technology.

Register here.



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