Are Hybrid Clouds a Good Match for Your Business?
Looking to strike the perfect balance between scalability, reliability, cost savings and security with your IT infrastructure? In many cases, a hybrid cloud solution can provide the best of all worlds. By utilizing the strengths of both private and public clouds—as well as dedicated servers when necessary—businesses can customize a hosting solution that is ideal for their specific needs.
A hybrid solution provides businesses with better control over their mission-critical applications, allowing them to choose what resides in the public cloud and what lives in the private cloud. A hybrid cloud also enables IT organizations that have already built a private cloud to use resources from public clouds as a way to expand the capabilities of their own IT infrastructure. It truly is a transformative operating model. Recent research from MarketsandMarkets estimates that market revenue for hybrid clouds will grow from $21.27 billion in 2013 to $79.54 billion in 2018, with an estimated CAGR of 30.19 percent over the five-year period.
But while the hybrid cloud is a great solution for many, it doesn’t make sense for all businesses. Let’s take a look at different situations where implementing a hybrid cloud approach makes sense:
- Capacity requirements are growing: When the incremental cost of adding capacity on-premises is high, a hybrid approach is a strong alternative. A cloud hosting provider can help businesses extend the on-premises network to allow existing technologies, tools and techniques to be reused.
- There are “known” periods of high traffic: Many companies know in advance when they might need additional bandwidth; a new product launch or the holiday shopping season, for example. In a hybrid cloud scenario, businesses can scale capacity when they need it and pay for what they use (or don’t pay for what they don’t use, as the case may be.) In this case, the main application may reside in a private cloud, but the organization may take advantage of public cloud resources for that short period of time to add the bandwidth quickly, easily and at reasonable costs.
- A Dev/test environment is required: Dev/test workloads are highly elastic; they are regularly stood up and torn down, and the number of instances at any one time can vary widely. Placing these workloads in the hosted cloud allows businesses to scale capacity to match demand and pay only for what is used.
- Network optimization is desired, or required: Hosted cloud provides the opportunity for businesses to shift the heavy lifting of the network off-premises and, in the process, improve the availability, scalability and reliability of the connection by leveraging the provider’s network investment. For example, an enterprise can connect branch offices to the cloud hosting provider instead of a central data center, improving latency by reducing network hops and simplifying bandwidth scaling.
- Disaster recovery or business continuity planning is necessary: Businesses can maintain a replica of critical infrastructure components running on a lower CPU and memory footprint and mirror data in a geographically distant data center using a hybrid cloud environment. In the event of a disaster, they can then spin up the replicated environment to partial or full capacity as needed.
When considering a hybrid environment, it’s important to match the cloud hosting provider to the business’ specific use cases before making a decision. Only then can businesses reap the true benefits of the hybrid cloud.