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Hybrid cloud represents an ideal approach to capitalize on the scalability of public and private cloud, combined with the control of on-premises hardware, for an increasing number of organizations exploring the future of their network architecture. To determine whether a hybrid cloud is right strategy for your organization, there are many aspects and features to consider.
According to the 2019 State of the Cloud report by RightScale, 58 percent of businesses plan to adopt hybrid cloud. Organizations leverage five clouds on average. Top reported cloud concerns for executives included cost management, lack of resources and expertise and security. How does hybrid cloud adoption fit into this picture and solve these challenges?
Hybrid cloud is all about optimizing workload resources in their best-suited environments at the lowest cost. It utilizes any combination of cloud infrastructures (public, community, private) that remain distinct entities but are connected by a common proprietary technology that allows for data and application portability. A hybrid cloud uses multiple cloud infrastructures that are orchestrated to run together to achieve a single task. Applications may be split up into private and public clouds, depending on the workload.
Hybrid clouds have their own set of challenges and opportunities, and organizations considering a hybrid cloud strategy should weigh their options carefully.
Some key advantages:
But hybrid cloud is not without its challenges, chiefly:
According to RightScale, 94 percent of its 2019 State of the Cloud respondents now use the cloud. You’re likely among them, and there are some features that you should ensure are in place to provide maximum security and compliance:
In the end, hybrid cloud, like any other environment, is only as secure and compliant as you and your IT partners make it. While public cloud providers offer compliant out of the box, there’s a major difference between their compliant infrastructure and your application that runs on that infrastructure. It’s essential to thoroughly vet all cloud providers and work with them to put the proper controls in place both on the infrastructure and application levels. This will help to prevent a breach and keep your data secure, protected and compliant.
Hybrid cloud offers many benefits that are enormously helpful to the enterprise including flexibility for data placement. When companies run their data efficiently, they lower costs and create room for growth. Consider the challenges carefully to help your organization fully realize the potential a hybrid solution offers.
Nick Lumsden is Chief Operating Officer at Otava.