Hybrid cloud adoption is growing quickly. It’s estimated that over half of IT businesses already employ or are in the process of implementing a hybrid cloud. This makes sense given the huge recent shift towards the public cloud, as more IT professional are realizing that not all of their business critical applications meet their business objectives when placed within the public cloud. But what is hybrid cloud? It’s a data center where the storage, computing and services environment is made up of on-premises solutions, a private cloud and a public cloud.
This allows the two clouds to talk to each other so apps and data can be utilized across both environments. Private cloud servers are usually stored on-premises, allowing companies the chance to control every aspect of the deployment, including hardware and data configuration, as well as physical security. The public cloud is usually where the apps and data that don’t need strict control are stored. But what are the true benefits of hybrid cloud infrastructure, and why are so many companies beginning to leverage it? Let’s take a look.
#1 Dynamic workload management —
Your most volatile workloads can be handled by public cloud, and your stable operations can be relegated to private cloud. Why? Keeping your most important workloads separate from your not-so-important workloads can be advantageous—for example, a business’s sensitive customer data is better kept on private cloud while enterprise apps run on public cloud.
#2 Transition and testing—
If you’re building a hybrid cloud, you don’t have to transition all at once. Before you even start the process, you can test out various workloads on both public and private cloud to see what works best for your needs and then expand from there. By understanding how private cloud should be leveraged for your company, you can build out a roadmap for its expansion.
#3 Short-term projects—
Important short-term workloads are bound to pop up. Hybrid cloud allows you to easily and instantly allocate space for them on public cloud servers. This is much cheaper and less of a hassle than using space within on-premises data center hardware. Leveraging public cloud in these instances lets you avoid investing in new hardware by spinning up cloud resources and then removing them once short-term workloads are concluded.
#4 Future-proof flexibility—
While you may have a data center expansion or workload roadmap laid out for the next 5 years, no one can predict what your actual needs will be in the days ahead. Hybrid cloud provides ultimate flexibility in the face of uncertainty. Even if your public cloud presence is small, having that architecture in place allows you to scale up (or down) to add and remove resources as needed.
Implementing cloud over public, private and on-premises resources and understanding how your business can best leverage that architecture is the best way to be prepared for whatever the future holds. Most businesses’ needs can’t be solved solely with either public cloud or private cloud. A hybrid infrastructure gives you the best of both worlds. Keep that in mind as you plan your data center strategy.
For more information on how hybrid infrastructure and cloud computing can help your customers, contact the experts at Ingram Micro.