You are witnessing an incremental adoption of cloud wherein start-ups and SMBs (small and medium business) alike deploy a public, private or hybrid cloud solution to accelerate daily IT operations and meet the demands of the customers. The three cloud solutions are packed with a diverse range of features and functionalities; each has its strengths and limitations, depending on how companies maximize the services.
Rackspace, the leading cloud service provider, recently published a study indicating that hybrid cloud solution is the next service for many US and UK organizations, where 60% of the respondents said they considered moving certain applications.
There is a bright future for hybrid cloud because of the benefits it provides for companies that are using applications or workload. By deploying a hybrid cloud solution, businesses can leverage on both the public and private cloud, striking the balance between flexibility, performance, agility and overall efficiency.
Big Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Solution
The list of benefits below serves as a reference for the companies’ IT decisions:
While the public cloud provides premier technology solutions to startups and SMBs’ IT environment at affordable prices, security and data sovereignty are major concerns. Deploying a hybrid cloud minimizes those concerns because businesses can choose which data and applications should be in the dedicated servers and in the cloud servers. The hybrid cloud security uses a formidable firewall, enabling the staff to login, which is hosted in the cloud service provider’s premise and in the client’s cloud infrastructure for enhanced security.
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Sovereignty over applications
Businesses run multiple processes on a day-to-day basis. Most of them have seen and experienced the benefits of a public cloud, whether working on a critical data or on regular daily activities. Deploying a hybrid cloud solution provides them sovereignty over applications and hosting solutions, allowing them to strategically mix and match both cloud services. They can take full control of the applications in a dedicated server, whereas other resources are migrated in the cloud.
Hybrid cloud improves agility in the business operations, permitting them to move seamlessly between the two cloud services (public and private cloud). Cloud service providers create the right architecture for businesses where the network resources are strategically optimized to deliver the IT services faster. Whether on short-term projects or highly critical data processing, the hybrid cloud can allocate the resources that the infrastructure need for improved agility.
Cost-effective and efficient
Instead of purchasing expensive servers or continuous dependence on legacy technology, the hybrid cloud fills the loopholes of on premise environment and the new technology like the cloud at affordable prices. Businesses enjoy a seamless pay-as-you-go model from the hybrid cloud scalability and its ability to handle unpredictable traffic during peak seasons. By combining public cloud, private cloud and dedicate servers in the infrastructure, businesses create effective IT deliverables at lower costs.
More and more companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses, see the significant results of the combined economics in a hybrid cloud solution. It’s also a recommended solution for those who are not yet ready to leave their on premise environment.
Patrick Li is a tech addict who’s looking at ways to streamline business performance using cloud technology and other new services.