Hybrid cloud: the best of both worlds
A challenging market landscape means businesses are turning to cloud technologies to get the most out of their people and processes. And with good reason. The benefits of the public cloud are well known. Cloud-enabled technologies enable increased speed to market resulting from faster and more efficient innovation, endless flexibility with regards to storage and scale, and significant cost efficiencies, among others.
But while the benefits are clear, challenges remain. Many organisations operate in an environment with many market threats, including complex regulation, intense competition, and increasingly sophisticated customers, which means the public cloud alone is not always fit for purpose.
Built on four pillars
The four pillars of an effective hybrid cloud infrastructure enable organisations to overcome a number of challenges and thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace. They include:
1. Governance and compliance
Challenge: Organisations operating within highly regulated industries require a private, certified, highly secure environment to protect personal information and intellectual property, but also need adequate scalability to meet growing business needs.
Solution: Using the hybrid cloud, it is possible to take advantage of public cloud capabilities while meeting complex regulatory and compliance models. Applications can be developed in the cloud but deployed either on-premises or the public cloud, giving businesses the control to decide where data resides. This ensures they adhere to data protection requirements.
2. Disconnected infrastructure
Challenge: Often businesses require the benefits of the cloud but run into problems when operating in remote or high-latency locations. To address these disconnected scenarios, IT organisations need secure and reliable data connectivity without the burden of significant ongoing costs or major investment.
Solution: Using the hybrid cloud, businesses can process data locally and then aggregate it to the public cloud for better analysis and decision making. By deploying applications and services in disconnected or high-latency locations, organisations can access the power and flexibility they need, whenever they need it.
3. Modern app development
Challenge: A challenging market landscape characterised by intense competition, more regulation and an increasingly sophisticated customer means the quick development and deployment of innovative and powerful applications is essential.
Solution: Using the hybrid cloud, it is possible to develop new applications in the public cloud and migrate legacy ones, while at the same time modernising them and deploying them on-premises, thereby, reducing latency and accelerating speed to market.
4. Business continuity
Challenge: It is imperative mission-critical services are continuously operating and that backup services store and secure every vital part of operations. Demanding customers and competitive environments are driving the need for high-speed recovery solutions to ensure they are always on.
Solution: The hybrid cloud protects business-critical services by using proven distributed cloud environments to guard the business continuity of critical applications so businesses can benefit from peace of mind with complete protection.
Balancing innovation and control leads to success
There are many challenges for business operating in the current market but using a hybrid cloud approach gives them the control they need whilst also allowing them to remain innovative. Using this ‘best of both worlds’ approach helps them thrive and become market leaders.
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