Many research studies conducted to predict industry trends for 2015 seem to have revealed a huge demand for hybrid cloud architecture. As per IDC, an industrial research firm, the global cloud market is likely to see tremendous growth in the future from its $95.8 billion market in 2014 to about $118 billion in 2015 and may even touch $200 billion by 2018.
These figures for the cloud market also include hybrid cloud environment, which is a mix of the two standard ones: private cloud (for enhanced security of critical workloads) and public cloud (to save cost on less critical workloads).
At present, enterprises have begun trying out hybrid clouds for the increased security (of private cloud) and low costs (of public cloud) involved. It may still take some time for companies to shift any of the critical workloads to hybrid cloud environment. However, trends indicate that companies will lean towards hybrid cloud computing.
Let’s take a look at why 2015 could be the year of the hybrid cloud.
Best Features of Private & Public Cloud
Organizations that adopt a private cloud for enhanced security and compliance requirements do not have the flexibility or scalability offered by a public cloud. Moreover, this cloud computing option often costs more. However, businesses have started to realize that they don’t need a private cloud environment for their entire grid, as not all their assets are mission-critical.
For basic applications and workloads that experience peak usage periods, a public cloud would help save considerable costs. That said, sensitive and critical assets do need enhanced security as offered by a private cloud. These needs call for a hybrid cloud computing option that combines the best features of both private and public clouds.
Enterprises have gradually started to understand the importance of striking a balance between improved security and compliance, as well as flexibility and low costs. This is where the hybrid cloud comes in.
Interconnectivity & Data Centers
As more enterprises start using cloud models, there will be a growing demand to interconnect various cloud platforms in order to improve bandwidth, scalability, flexibility, and resource utilization. It will be easier to extend a data center platform to a cloud environment using hybrid cloud resources.
To support the current rising trend of global interconnection points offered for publicly hosted and private data center solutions, hybrid cloud provides the best platform with which data center and cloud interconnection, as well as extension, is achievable.
Dynamic Nature & Scalability
As a business grows, the need to evolve grows as well. This is when a company needs higher scalability in its data center solutions without compromising on the security aspect. The hybrid cloud computing platform and its dynamic nature help an enterprise scale easily.
The transition to a hybrid cloud model from traditional cloud and data center model is often very smooth and companies can adopt this new cloud technology quickly. Small enterprises ready to take the plunge now have more reasons to adopt the hybrid cloud platform.
Usage Based Accounting & IT Services
There has been a strategic change for organizations in the way IT services are delivered to transform IT departments from just being a cost center to a trusted provider of IT services with well-managed spending. The ability to monitor the resource usage at all levels in a company and accordingly manage the corresponding invoices would play a key role in keeping IT decisions and actual spending in sync.
In this regard, hybrid cloud models could be the preferred solution to provide quality service value due to its ability to manage consumption-based or pay-on-the-go accounting along with automated provisions.
Design for eCommerce
The hybrid cloud option enables companies to manage the continuous flow of sensitive information through smart data controls at higher levels.
This platform can control data flow through clouds, company servers, and the payment gateway for eCommerce. 2015 may probably see many eCommerce businesses opt for a favorable hybrid cloud model for better data flow control.
Support for IoT
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the biggest developments in the IT industry as of late. The IT department of every company needs to re-assess their strategy to tackle the data management challenges posed by IoT, in the long run. Data collection is crucial for every business component nowadays, like warehousing, transportation, factory equipment and office building.
The need for information access at all these levels grows significantly with time. Hybrid cloud IT models will be able to meet the exponentially growing demand for increased bandwidth, storage and data computation capabilities. With IoT, everything will change drastically for a business and the hybrid cloud platform will be the asset that provides the required competitive edge for any organization.
Recovery & Continuity
The hybrid cloud environment has the ability to offer isolation for private clouds that handle sensitive and critical workloads. It also provides the flexible features of a public cloud. This enables an enterprise to carry out disaster recovery during crises in the business, and maintain continuity to minimize losses.
A successful business is able to get back up quickly after any disaster strikes. Companies have started to plan and take strategic decisions about their cloud network. For 2015 and onwards, disaster recovery plans of businesses would definitely include hybrid cloud computing as the most sought after technology.
It is clear that hybrid cloud-computing platforms are the immediate future. Based on the trends and advantages of hybrid cloud discussed here, even small organizations can readily opt for this model, taking into consideration the low costs involved, the flexibility, the new services offered, and the ease of adoption.
Have you started to prepare your IT strategy for 2015? If you wish to gain a competitive edge in your business line, do make sure that you have included hybrid cloud computing in your plans for 2015.