Enterprises are opting for cloud models that can help them to meet the capex cost and mitigate several challenges associated with old traditional architecture. Organizations, on a massive scale, have adopted different cloud platforms in their ecosystem. According to a research agency, 38 percent of enterprise decision makers said that they were building a private cloud, while 32 percent were already on public cloud services, and the remainder is planning to implement some form of cloud technology this year. Hybrid cloud too is picking up, with 59 percent of respondents stating that they are adopting this hybrid cloud model. Further accelerating adoption is the need for enterprises to scale their compute resources to better serve customers.
Due to the continued complexity of enterprise IT challenges and accelerating growth of data, hybrid cloud appears to be the ideal choice for enterprises that desire a uniﬁed platform which can enable their developers. This hybrid model is also good for operators who want to experience cloud while working at their on-premise datacenters and help them to seamlessly migrate and modernize their application by leveraging IaaS and PaaS features of hybrid cloud.
Technology vendors are reﬂecting this notion and introducing a hybrid model for their customers. Vmware the pioneers of private cloud, just reached across the aisle to forge a new Hybrid alliance with AWS. Microsoft is investing heavily and will continue to push its one stop shop Azure Hybrid by offering Azure Stack.
In the evolution of the cloud, many enterprises evolve from private to public and gradually move into the hybrid cloud. The journey has been a bit slow as some challenges, such as legacy application compatibility, corporate and government regulatory issues, have restricted organizations from expanding freely on public clouds. Likewise, private clouds are not known for better TCO and ROI.
Hybrid cloud addresses all these challenges which are leading enterprises to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy for various business initiatives. According to a research ﬁrm, hybrid cloud will be the way most businesses are using the cloud by 2020. Hybrid cloud brings the capability of on-premise and cloud resources together and enables the businesses to maximize the ﬂexibility and performance they need for their IT operations by leveraging all private & public cloud tools, features & functionalities.
Beneﬁts of Hybrid Cloud
- Hybrid is not just about the cloud. Hybrid cloud enables organizations to run and operate legacy applications. Hybrid cloud solutions help organizations strategically choose the appropriate cloud platform and enables the best of both worlds. For instance, an application with periodic workload spikes may be best supported in the cloud while on-premise business critical application remains unaffected.
- High ROI and lower TCO: The hybrid cloud model offers a pay-as-you-go option that enables the organization to easily scale-out and scale-in per the requirements. Enterprises can focus on their business initiatives, new projects, and faster time to market. Similarly, cloud storage is available at a very competitive price in comparison to traditional SAN or NAS storage and saves complex lifecycle associated with storage upgrades, procurement, deployment, operational, and designing parts.
- Cloud security and compliance issues: Hybrid cloud enables organizations to meet various government and corporate regulatory requirements such as storing and transferring compliant data. Organizations have to make sure that data is not transferred from highly secured environments to an environment that is prone to physical and logical risk. Using hybrid cloud, organizations can keep conﬁdential, critical, and customer-related data on-premise while the rest of the data can be piped out to the cloud.