Hybrid Cloud networks make sense for many businesses

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Public and private clouds appear to be the wave of the future, and combining the two could give your business a real competitive advantage.

While the cloud has clearly proven itself hugely beneficial to all businesses – providing flexible and powerful computing and storage on demand – security and reliability remain significant concerns. This is where a hybrid cloud proves its worth.

With a hybrid cloud, you can run two interconnected clouds, each storing and processing different data sets. The combination is potent, with the public cloud giving you the scale and efficiency that you need, and the private cloud offering security, speed and customization. It’s something in which companies are already investing; recent surveys show that 73% of respondents were pursuing some form of hybrid cloud.

The real trick to getting the most out of a hybrid cloud is to work out where to split your data and processing. The applications most likely to be adopted by the public cloud include enterprise social networks, email, web content management, cloud testing/development and mobile device management. Those most likely to be deployed on traditional IT and private cloud are applications, server capacity, ERP, CRM applications, and database management services (DBMS).’’

With a private cloud and local infrastructure, you can ensure that your business has fast access to critical data at all times. This is an improvement on the public cloud, where you are at the mercy of the speed and reliability of your internet connection. Having this single point of failure isn’t acceptable in modern business – a hybrid cloud approach will offer you greater consistency.

Companies that have already invested in a private cloud can also use a hybrid cloud to boost their scalability effectively as they grow. A hybrid cloud will allow you to move some existing applications to the public cloud, meaning that you don’t have to throw away everything that you’ve already invested in. Nor will your staff have to learn new ways of working, as they can continue with existing applications.

Be sure to perform a cost benefit analysis for each application that you’re considering moving to the cloud, as this is not a trivial job. If there’s a better, cheaper alternative available, don’t hang on to the old ways of working just to try and protect an existing investment.

It’s important to note that the initial outlay for a hybrid cloud can be high to get the infrastructure you need. Implementation is also tricky, particularly when implementing the secure interconnections between your public and private clouds. Still, that investment will quickly pay for itself, making your company more flexible, reliable, secure and competitive.

Hooks Systems provides complete Hybrid Cloud solutions from consulting to budgeting and implementation.

 

sources-Madeline Bennett, Hooks Systems, Gartner