Many innovative technologies have been viewed initially as disruptive when the market was not ready for them. Cloud computing began to really take hold a few years ago as the IT community recognized the cost savings, flexibility and elasticity associated with public cloud computing. However, with data security always on the forefront of IT concerns, some organizations were concerned about the potential risk of having highly confidential or mission critical data stored offsite.
The cloud offers new options and flexibility related to deploying technology, but on-premise software solutions are still the dominant deployment model and continue to offer important benefits. With a hybrid approach, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds.
Here are some of the benefits associated with hybrid cloud deployments:
Utilization of Existing Resources
Enterprise IT needs are often dynamic, evolving over time, and the hybrid cloud model empowers IT staff to flexibly augment existing on-premise infrastructure and services with those based in the cloud, without necessarily adding to its own workload. As a result, IT can better leverage existing staff, as well as capital investments such as servers, software, network infrastructure, and so on, while also incorporating assets from the cloud to create a more flexible and cost-effective IT environment.
For many enterprises, IT needs such as processing power, application capabilities, storage and network demands can increase or decrease for a variety of reasons at any time. Frequently, resources that were procured in the past when business needs and budgets were different can be underutilized. By leveraging hybrid cloud solutions to meet new or changing business needs, IT managers have the flexibility to ratchet up or down the amount of computing resources needed on demand. Hybrid cloud deployments can augment existing resources by leveraging cloud-based resources to better handle “bursts” of activity or data access, or for specific projects or workloads hosted separately outside of the internal IT network.
The complexity of modern IT infrastructures can increase the challenges associated with supporting today’s dynamic business needs. Some industry estimates maintain that 70% of current IT investment is earmarked for maintenance, resulting in fewer resources available for innovation. With users demanding faster response times and executives focused on lowering costs, IT needs a better strategy. By adding a public cloud or an externally hosted private cloud to existing systems deployed on-premise, performance and responsiveness can be improved while minimizing associated increases in IT complexity by utilizing efficient on-demand provisioning and easier web-based system administration typically provided with the latest generation of cloud services.
The M-File white paper, Shaping Your IT Cloud, describes the most common hybrid cloud deployment models and the factors organizations should consider when evaluating hybrid cloud options.