Did you know that by 2021, it’s expected that 75% of midsize or large enterprises will use some type of multicloud or hybrid cloud strategy? That number speaks for itself—the demand for hybrid cloud is growing rapidly among larger companies, but why?
Before you can take advantage of that demand and deliver hybrid cloud solutions to your enterprise customers, you need to understand why this strategy makes sense for them. Let’s take a look at the benefits of cloud computing and three specific examples of why enterprises are investing heavily in hybrid cloud.
#1) Why hybrid cloud makes sense for enterprises
Why is hybrid cloud so appealing to enterprises? In two words: flexibility and efficiency. Many companies are hesitant to invest in cloud because they’ve already invested heavily in an on-prem data center and feel like they’re obligated to only
use that hardware. But hybrid cloud provides a way to leverage existing data center hardware while supplementing it with just the right amount of cloud resources.
After all, cloud resources can be added anytime (new servers, apps, testing environments, etc.), making the hybrid solution the perfect way to compliment and maximize existing data center hardware. Hybrid cloud also makes sense for enterprises with tiered partners—premium users can access the fastest/best resources (whether cloud or on-prem), while legacy or archival users can access slower resources.
#2) How hybrid cloud saves enterprises money
Imagine this scenario: any data center or network resource you can think of—whether hardware or software—is available to you when you need it, and it’s available seemingly instantly, including no upfront cost, setup fees or huge financial commitments. You pay for what you need when you need it. That’s the beauty of cloud solutions, and hybrid cloud allows you to repurpose any existing hardware (so it doesn’t go to waste) alongside cloud resources to maximize and achieve business goals.
In times past, financial commitments to data center resources was fear-inducing, partly due to the size of the commitment and partly due to the stress of not knowing if the correct solutions were purchased. But with a hybrid cloud approach, these concerns don’t apply. The agility and flexibility afforded by hybrid cloud means minimal commitment while opening the door to maximum resources.
#3) Hybrid cloud delivers ease of management and access
Similar to services and resources being available seemingly instantly, hybrid cloud makes managing those solutions (as well as accessing them) easy as well. On-prem infrastructure can be managed by an enterprise’s data center team while all cloud resources are managed by—yep, you guessed it—a cloud-based team. Cloud technicians can also oversee on-prem infrastructure as well as cloud resources, providing even more flexibility depending on how an enterprise decides its in-house data center infrastructure is best used. There’s also the convenience of placing your most dynamic environments in the cloud because changing or updating them at scale can be handled easily, leaving legacy, storage or other more predictable environments for on-prem hardware to handle.
For more information on the benefits of cloud computing and how hybrid cloud can help your enterprise customers, contact the experts at Ingram Micro.
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