As companies move to the cloud in search of a flexible, efficient IT infrastructure, they’re discovering that their best option for transforming the enterprise while also meeting business objectives is the hybrid cloud.
Large enterprises often work with 10 or more cloud service providers, each with their own methodologies and security profiles, making the hybrid cloud a challenge. IT leaders are understandably concerned about how best to manage this cloud complexity and ensure all services in their hybrid cloud work together.
The Benefits of the Hybrid Cloud
In an accelerated digital business environment, even a minor improvement in speed and efficiency can create a competitive advantage. Businesses wants to innovate faster, bring more products and services to market sooner, and complete more sales with less friction—all at lower cost. That puts pressure on IT to move faster and adapt to changing demands with minimal lead time.
Yet IT remains responsible for protecting security and complying with relevant regulatory requirements. Hybrid cloud helps to balance these two conflicting demands: a company’s desire for greater agility, and IT’s need to ensure both that security and data governance are maintained and that the IT infrastructure is under control.
Cloud Services Provide More Options
On the business side, moving to the cloud makes it possible to choose among a wide array of tools and services, scaling up or down quickly and paying on a per-use basis. Cloud services also make it easier to for employees to work collaboratively and connect to shared corporate resources from anywhere in the world with a simple internet connection.
In addition, cloud services help you mitigate the risk of downtime and data loss. With critical services and data hosted remotely in secure, redundant colocation facilities, a company can suffer a power outage or natural disaster without data loss. They can restore quickly from backups and even continue operations remotely while their physical offices are inaccessible.
Weeks Not Months
It would take a company a month to get a hybrid cloud up in Microsoft Azure and have it ready to spin up workload, with full backups and disaster recovery, and in complete compliance. A service provider can do it in less than a week by packaging multiple cloud services into a single ready-made cloud solution. These providers usually have more people who know what they’re doing and do it repeatedly every day.
Hybrid cloud is a powerful enabler of digital transformation and business growth, especially for enterprises relying on a managed service partner that really understands them and can integrate multiple cloud services and applications together. Selecting the right partner, asking the right questions, and developing a healthy working relationship is key to a successful hybrid cloud strategy and deployment.
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