January 26, 2016
Why Should Your Enterprise Care about the Hybrid Cloud?
A recent Comp TIA1 survey revealed that over ninety percent of responding companies are already using the cloud. Further, more than fifty percent said they intend to adopt four or more cloud platforms.
According to eWeek, seventy percent of organizations using cloud services are doing so in a hybrid environment. But here’s the thing: mixing public and private cloud architectures is not easy. Doing it right requires detailed planning.
Still, the hybrid cloud approach is worth the effort. For starters, companies can reduce the strain on their own internal system hardware. They can also make better informed CAPEX versus OPEX decisions. In addition, the deployment of hybrid cloud architectures can also lead to the evolution of a cloud brokerage function for the IT organization. By evolving towards the Cloud brokerage the IT organization is also much better prepared to provide the entire company with access to the connected cloud providers.
But cost is not the only factor in deploying hybrid cloud architectures. By employing direct connections to cloud services, enterprises can shorten development cycles through the use of the Hybrid Cloud deployments by virtue of accelerating innovation thereby enabling internal teams to get products to market faster.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to adopt cloud services is when they can be part of your private network. Principal cloud services providers such as Amazon Web Services Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute now offer customers direct, secure access to theircloud infrastructure from your private network. In addition, these connections boast highly deterministic network performance backed up by Service Level Assurance (SLA) guarantees. The icing on the cake is that these connections give customers very significant data transfer cost savings when compared to Internet-based access.
In addition, the availability of direct cloud connections gives executives more options in determining how mission critical applications can be addressed for network planning and disaster recovery purposes.
This is why the hybrid cloud architectures are so important. They can offer businesses the power of public cloud resources, accessed by all employees via direct connections to the corporate network, all managed by the IT organization as it evolves to support a robust cloud brokerage model.
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