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Why You Should Consider Moving to Hybrid Cloud

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Cloud computing has become an important technological advancement that is helping enterprises and end users to interconnect and improve the efficiency of their business processes. This has given organizations a genuine reason to adopt cloud computing to save technology costs and increase operating efficiency.

Cloud computing is an approach that harnesses the power of virtualization of technologies as well as the power of servers, and combine them into massive computing pools that can be accessed through multiple virtual tools. There are different types of cloud computing models that an organization can choose from depending on business needs.

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Cloud Computing Models 

It is very important for enterprises to decide which cloud computing model best meets their needs. There are different virtualization models for applying cloud technology, including private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud. 

Private Cloud: Private cloud, also known as internal cloud, operates within a firewall and is composed of a virtualized data center within a single organization. In other words, the private cloud model allows organizations to implement virtualization for in-house IT services. The idea is that private/internal infrastructure including networks, servers, storage and applications are virtualized and connected to allow easy service delivery. The private cloud model has a higher degree of automation than other cloud models.

Public Cloud: Public cloud consists of a cloud computing model in which IT services and resources like storage, servers and other applications, are available for use centrally over the internet. Public clouds are paid for on a per usage basis by different users. A hosting company provides cloud resources such as storage, server and other applications to be accessed by a pool of paid users. 

Hybrid Cloud: Hybrid cloud is a combination of both public and private clouds. This is where the organization utilizes both external cloud hosting and internal cloud computing in order to design a highly customized approach for IT service delivery. Here, the organization manages and provides some resources in-house while sourcing other resources externally. This type of cloud computing model is also known as “Hybrid IT” and offers the advantage of scalability and cost effectiveness that may be difficult to achieve with private or public clouds alone. 

Reasons Why Organizations Should Choose Hybrid Cloud Computing 

According to the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index report, Global data center IP traffic will rise three times over the next five years and the overall data center IP traffic will grow at an exponential rate (about 25%) over the same time period. This means IP traffic will reach 7.7 zettabytes up from the current Exabyte’s. Given this, businesses are rapidly adopting cloud to gain increased efficiency and quicker access to enterprise data. Also, according to technology consulting experts, the future of the cloud computing world is likely to revolve around the hybrid model because its resources will be shared and interspersed between public and private clouds as explained below:

1. Business Strategy

Organizations should adopt a cloud model that will offer the best ROI on technology investments and provide increased efficiency in order to help achieve their business goals. As mentioned above, the hybrid cloud model is often a great model for achieving ROI because it is more dynamically adoptive. With the hybrid model, it is not difficult for organizations to expand their existing private data center infrastructure. Furthermore, the model allows organizations to leverage application platforms, data centers, servers and data repositories that reside in the public cloud. Thus, the hybrid cloud model provides both dynamic adoptability and cost efficiency. Article should read: Integrate Cloud Computing in your Business Model.

2. Reliability

The hybrid cloud model is the most reliable of the three models because it comes with less surprises. It delivers performance, security and technical support that any business enterprise may need for uninterrupted operations. For instance, hybrid cloud ensures that there is a safe passage of data between private data centers and the cloud through security and control services available in its internal IT environment. This ensures that IT staff has the opportunity to decide which data and applications are good for private clouds and which should be moved to the public cloud. Information such as employee data can be kept in private clouds while public applications such as company customer service applications can be moved to the public cloud.

3. Expansion Needs and Ease of Delivery of Content

If you have a growing business, it is possible that you may have a distributed data center. However, there may be problems with distributing rich content. With the hybrid cloud, organizations can establish Content Delivery Networks (large distributed systems of servers used by companies to distribute media-rich content, which is distributed across several data centers) and edge computing (a service that allows users to execute real-time applications in the worldwide network, with the highest levels of scalability, performance and reliability in a cost effective manner) so you can control remote data centers. This assists companies in placing valuable and rich information closer to the user. Thus, the hybrid cloud allows you to intelligently control data flow throughout your cloud.

4. Scalability

The hybrid model is known to be dynamically scalable, as it allows expansion of existing internal systems and applications as needed. It also offers end-users the tools needed to deal with sudden changes in demand so that high availability and high-speed performance is maintained. In other words, the hybrid cloud allows organizations to rapidly scale their IT processes without having to change anything.

5. Creating Future Adoptability

Traditional IT processes are rapidly changing and giving way for a new era in the computing world. User adoptability where applications are designed according to changing needs of users is the new norm. Hybrid models will ensure that user mobility and productivity are given priority by providing user-friendly data, storing useful information, and increasing the efficiency of service provision to the customer. This is because hybrid cloud is more flexible than the other models and it can be customized according to the need of the end-users. Also, smart technologies that optimize data delivery based on the device used, location and security can be used in the hybrid model. Read more: Will Cloud Computing Completely Replace Traditional Computing?

Of the three cloud computing models – private, public and hybrid – the hybrid model is often the most recommended model for organizations seeking improved efficiency, scalability and future adoptability without moving all their data to the Internet. Future business demands and complexities as well as the changing IT environment have further made hybrid an extremely desirable cloud model amongst organizations. A detailed evaluation of cloud models in accordance with your organization’s needs and strategy is highly recommended before you decide to pin down your cloud decision.

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