Cloud technology is evolving rapidly. For forward thinking businesses, the question isn’t whether to adopt a private or public cloud environment, it’s how to adopt a hybrid-cloud strategy. Seventy-seven percent of businesses plan to adopt a hybrid-cloud strategy in the near future, and 86% of enterprises predict they will need a hybrid-cloud solution in the next two years. Where in the journey is your organization?
What does hybrid-cloud mean?
With so many cloud offerings available, it makes sense to take advantage of several. This is essentially what hybrid-cloud means. Instead of using one cloud service for your entire business, a hybrid-cloud approach gives you the flexibility to pick and choose several based on specific requirements. For instance, you might have one cloud handling your CRM while another handles your website and online applications. It’s all about choice and flexibility.
7 Benefits of a Hybrid-cloud Approach
- Optimized Costs
Moving more of your business to the cloud can result in significant cost savings for just a modest increase in operational expense. Savings include reductions in CapEx and maintenance costs, and they only increase over time. Pricing is expected to become more competitive as more companies enter the cloud market, so the outlook is good to continue optimizing costs.
- More Manageable
The idea that integrating more cloud environments into your IT infrastructure adds to management complexity is a misconception. In reality, single-pane-of-glass management interfaces help streamline operations while centralizing cloud infrastructure control and security.
- Better Performance
Hybrid-cloud infrastructures support the distribution of workloads across cloud systems to lower latency levels and maximize fault tolerance — which has a positive impact on availability and performance.
- Specialist Service
Cloud vendors are developing niche solutions to gain greater market share. As competition increases, providers will be forced to develop increasingly customized, niche services to respond to highly specialized needs.
- Vendor Mobility
As adoption of hybrid-cloud strategies increases, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) will be compelled to diversify and optimize the quality and reliability of their solutions. A more competitive market works to your advantage. With a multi-cloud strategy, you can take advantage of the best solutions available without getting locked into a single provider.
- Business (not IT) Driven Decisions
Hybrid-cloud strategies are particularly attractive to business users, who becoming the driving factor behind a company’s cloud adoption. This virtually ensures the implementation of vital security and data integrity measures to protect the activities of business users.
- Supercharged Security
Although cloud security remains a concern, implementing a multi-cloud strategy can actually mitigate risk and increase security. It’s true that multiple cloud infrastructures increase attack surfaces, but with rock-solid security a requirement to stay in business, third-party CSPs are likely to deploy more rigorous security controls that many enterprises do. Be sure to vet any and all third parties for compliance with your security and regulatory standards.
For a hybrid-cloud strategy, turn to OneNeck.
What is your cloud strategy? Public, private or hybrid? If you want to take advantage of multiple cloud offerings, OneNeck can help guide you through your hybrid cloud journey. So don’t go it alone. Call us today to start your move to hybrid cloud…
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