August 10, 2015

The Emergence of Hybrid Cloud Architectures

A recent study by IDC revealed that 86 percent of enterprises are likely to connect to four or more cloud service providers within the next two years. Why? Because there is real value in a model where enterprises leverage both private and public cloud resources in order to develop hybrid cloud architectures. Doing so enables IT managers to more efficiently support the exploding demand for enterprise cloud applications. So what are some of the specific and compelling advantages of hybrid clouds?

First, the use of hybrid clouds balances the use of internal assets with external services and leads to increased scalability and cost efficiency. During periods when business demands out pace internal computing capacity, objectives can be met with external resources without having to invest in costly internal solutions.

While true private clouds offer a more secure model, hybrid clouds offer companies the ability to better balance isolation, operating costs and scaling requirements. To that end, private clouds are evolving to include the following variations: on-premises, off-site, 1:1 or virtualized, as part of a hybrid cloud. Therefore, private clouds as an integral element of the hybrid cloud, can be integrated in more cost effective ways such that confidential data can remain “in-house” whether virtualized or not.

Hybrid clouds also can enhance continuity of operations initiatives because the use of multiple cloud providers (public and virtually private) helps ensure the continued high availability of critical applications and speeds the recovery from disasters when they strike.

Finally, hybrid clouds can support the rapid introduction of new applications, often times significantly faster than implementing internal solutions. Time is of the essence in today’s fast-paced, competitive environment. Remaining agile is key to sustaining an edge against the competition.

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