Is a hybrid cloud approach a half hearted attempt at cloud, or does it provide the best of both worlds?
For the past few years, a cloud-first strategy has been heralded as the way that all future looking businesses must go. The combination of scalability, lower cost and greater security creates a compelling argument to migrate. But can a business genuinely move totally over to the cloud?
Admittedly many applications lend themselves to a cloud-first approach – such as email and CRM – but many don’t, especially those that may be labelled as legacy or have a high-risk perspective. This is where the hybrid cloud model comes into its own and is seen as a key stepping stone on a longer-term journey to cloud-based solutions.
Hybrid cloud, the combination of both on-premise technology and cloud-based solutions, is rapidly becoming the strategy of choice for most mid-size businesses; as it is intended to work in unison to deliver value to customers. Microsoft, in a recent survey, stated that 80% of businesses they surveyed see themselves moving to a hybrid environment.
Does that mean that a hybrid cloud is just a holding place until such time that a business can migrate its legacy technology? No. It has advantages, some competitive, some technical and operational that makes it its own unique proposition.
Scaling an on-premise IT infrastructure can be extremely expensive, possibly inefficient and in growing companies can place huge amounts of internal pressure on IT teams. By adopting a hybrid cloud environment, it gives a business the opportunity to scale out for specific workloads, allowing them to take advantage of unlimited resources based on demand-driven usage, optimising the environment for performance and efficiency.
The last thing a customer will want when interacting with a business is to lose connectivity, especially if they are part way through the process of purchasing goods or services. Similarly, the last thing a business will want is to lose a customer due to connectivity issues with their on-premise solution. The hybrid cloud solution removes this bottleneck and gives the necessary bandwidth to maintain customer demand.
The implemented hybrid cloud solution can provide a common set of management tools across a business’s entire solution, creating total technical and operational transparency. This allows a business to stay consistent within its own operating procedures, especially if they require adherence to regulatory bodies.
Hybrid cloud is all about matching the right solution to the right job. Public cloud, private cloud and dedicated servers are combined and work together seamlessly as one platform. It minimises trade-offs and breaks down technical barriers so that you get maximum benefit and improved performance from each component.
Making the move to cloud is a sensible and strategic step in the evolution of a business’s infrastructure, but very few can realistically move to 100% cloud straight away. The hybrid cloud approach gives a business access to vast public cloud resources whilst retaining its on-premise investment and established management processes.
Many commentators have often cited that hybrid cloud is a half-hearted attempt at a cloud-based solution. Quite the contrary, if implemented strategically hybrid cloud is, in fact, the ‘best of both worlds’ and provides great benefit to both a business and its customers.
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