Cloud computing has been accepted by companies as the way forward. Organizations with a private or public cloud solutions have slowly started to realize the importance of having the best of both worlds.
Enterprises want to save costs through pay-as-you-go models (public cloud), but also want higher security for mission-critical applications (private cloud). So, what dos all this new found acceptance mean for the hybrid cloud’s future?
It will likely take more time for companies to shift critical workloads to the hybrid cloud environment. However, future trends clearly indicate a preference for hybrid cloud computing. In fact, Gartner has predicted that almost 50% of the larger organizations will have embraced hybrid cloud models by the end of 2017.
Companies may have started with a private cloud model for their IT infrastructure, but they have kept their options open for the future. For example, a company chooses to kick-start some pilot project with a solid technology foundation that provides room for expansion towards hybrid cloud interoperability.
Let’s take a look at current and emerging trends and see why hybrid cloud computing is the future of IT.
Time is Money
Companies that do not have the flexibility to outsource work to service providers would often have to spend additional time on the management of resources and services…in-house.
With better plans at the initial phase, organizations can outsource the management of resources, infrastructure and support. To cloud vendors and free their IT resources to focus more on business outcomes. Agility becomes a critical factor in speeding up the delivery of core technology services.
The hybrid cloud environment offers this ability, along with a good balance between resources managed on-premise and by outsourced service providers. It goes a long way help enterprises save time, which could eventually save money with an improved focus on the delivery of actual business value instead of IT services or infrastructure.
Several companies have identified this as a key business strategy, and with time, this number will continue to grow. For example, the Motorama Company currently manages all core business systems in-house, despite using multiple clouds.
They have plans in place for a smooth migration of all apps to an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) platform as part of the hybrid model.
The Show Must Go On
Companies prefer to handle critical apps and data on-premise to ensure better security levels. Some of the non-critical applications (such as test and development apps) do require higher scalability due to sudden spikes in usage.
For this purpose, access to the public cloud provides better scalability and flexibility applications and their related data. The ease and speed with which server space can be scaled to handle peak usage periods would ensure uninterrupted access for all users.
With extended access to public models from on-premise or private clouds, businesses can easily move services back to the private cloud from the public cloud, as needed. This flexibility ensures that the business continues to deliver services and value under all circumstances.
Organizations know that a hybrid cloud-computing model helps to achieve this functionality with ease. For example, the IT team at Canegrowers have acknowledged the fact that hybrid model infrastructure has made it relatively simpler for them to offer server as well as system support in a bid to ensure business continuity.
Support for Growing eCommerce
The number of eCommerce companies has grown significantly and it will keep growing in the future. More and more businesses are expanding their services to the internet to increase productivity and expand their markets.
To ensure smooth eCommerce data flow, appropriate information management with smart data control is required at higher levels. A hybrid environment favors such control through company servers, systems, clouds and payment gateway for online shopping.
The chances of adopting hybrid cloud computing in the future increase as more companies turn to eCommerce.
Favoring IoT in The Future
Data collection and data management happen at various levels in a business. The Internet of Things (IoT) poses major data management challenges for the IT department of any organization.
The hybrid cloud model can prove to be a real asset in fulfilling the demand for continuous data access, improved bandwidth, higher data storage, and better data computation abilities. With data collection needs increasing tremendously, such as warehousing, transport systems, offices, factory machinery, power generation and staffing.
The demand for continuous information access at all such levels keeps growing. Therefore, hybrid platforms will play a key support role to allow IoT to provide a bright future for businesses.
Knowing Challenges in Advance
Cloud deployment is not easy and always comes with its own set of challenges. Earlier, private cloud deployment seemed difficult, but with time and growing demand, the challenges it brought with it were easily overcome by businesses. Similarly, hybrid cloud computing is at the stage where private cloud was, a few years back.
The good thing is that companies already know about the challenges that the move to hybrid models will bring, including data migration problems, security loopholes, consultation with cloud experts alongside new data management solutions and employee retraining.
This significantly helps businesses prepare themselves to tackle these challenges comfortably. The sooner companies realize the importance of a smooth transition from IT control to IT coordination through the hybrid cloud, the better it will be for them.
With an overall prediction of the cloud market touching $200 billion in 2018 from $95.8 billion recorded in 2014 as per IDC, the hybrid cloud’s future seems brighter than ever.
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