As cloud computing goes from novelty to necessity, many companies are thinking about how to best leverage its performance-enhancing potential while stratifying their IT investments more wisely. A relative but popular newcomer on the scene is hybrid cloud computing; a way for businesses to integrate their on-premise, public and private infrastructure seamlessly.
Hybrid cloud gives your business the ability to expand, diversify and grow its IT infrastructure while leaving existing systems unhindered and available to business users. Here’s how this breed of cloud technology is helping companies build the networking topologies of tomorrow.
Hybrid cloud computing streamlines your infrastructure
A hybrid cloud computing environment gives companies the ability to improve resource provisioning on a large scale. From keeping your most information-sensitive applications in a contained environment, to provisioning applications across the business as and when required, hybrid systems introduce unmatched agility into business operations.
Information meant to be more broadly accessible is hosted on public cloud systems, while sensitive information and applications are hosted in-house or in private cloud environments. This means cloud technology is no longer an all-or-nothing approach for businesses with serious data security requirements, since hybrid clouds allow them to compartmentalize their networks adequately.
But hybrid clouds do more than merely blend public and private clouds: they also integrate storage, security, networking and software management into a standardized IT toolset, which gives Ops and Dev teams a central glass pane from which to perform their respective tasks.
Making expansion less complex
Hybrid cloud computing systems allow organizations to shrink or increase operations with far more flexibility and without too much consideration for the hardware and software investments required. Companies who have outgrown their server rooms, but still rely on their in-house systems for certain applications and resources, can easily expand their infrastructure to meet new growth spurts while keeping costs and other overheads sensible. Also, for businesses looking to ease into a full-on cloud setup, building a hybrid solution that addresses immediate operational demands is a practical way to introduce this new technology to the business.
Transforming your business, while reducing overheads
Hybrid cloud computing is the driver behind digital transformation, which is a huge priority for many companies today. It makes your IT infrastructure more agile and more flexible, which is exactly what is needed to facilitate digital transformation efforts within the business. Another key benefit is that it leads to significant cost savings – a key drawing card for most CTOs as IT budgets are always a bone of contention. The savings that you are able to achieve with hybrid cloud computing can be pushed directly towards your digital transformation efforts and IT innovations within your business.
Making the cloud advantage available to everyone
Affordable public cloud services offered by software giants such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft mean small businesses are getting in on cloud technology in increasing numbers. Small businesses can now easily, and more cheaply, expand their IT operations to become leaner and perform at higher levels. This is why Forbes predicts that by 2020, 78% of small businesses will be using cloud technology and that nearly 60% of business currently using some iteration of the cloud report significant productivity benefits from it.
Companies like ContainerShip are making the management of hybrid cloud platforms seamless through agnostic deployment and server automation solutions that connect to public or private clouds. We provide simple and cost-effective solutions to managing hybrid environments for business of all scales. To find out why so many businesses are switching to hybrid cloud computing,