Cloud computing has taken the business world by storm. However, many experts believe that the first wave of cloud computing, which was largely comprised of public or private models, is about to be replaced by something altogether more sophisticated: the Hybrid Cloud. Particularly with respect to the future of Enterprise IT, it's highly likely that the most cost effective, beneficial and adaptable approach is going to come from Hybrid Cloud architecture.
What does the Hybrid Cloud mean?
Very simply, it brings together both private and public deployment models, which are distinct, but are combined to deliver a more flexible and versatile approach to computing within an organisation. The increasing popularity of the Hybrid Cloud is an acknowledgement that a diverse range of deployment requirements and use cases exist and that neither the public cloud nor the private cloud can satisfy these alone. It also provides a way to bridge the gap between the cloud and the traditional enterprise computing models that many organisations still have, which may consist of on-premise technology or legacy applications that are difficult to migrate.
Where does the need for Hybrid Cloud come from in Enterprise IT?
As the public cloud has taken off across industries, many businesses have nevertheless been left struggling to find a model that really works. The challenge is to establish a technology strategy that is both practical and effective. The technology a business uses should enable it to respond swiftly to changing need, rather than restrict it, and should also nurture innovation. It's almost impossible to meet this requirement with either a public or private cloud option, which is where the need for the Hybrid Cloud in Enterprise IT has emerged.
What are the benefits of Hybrid Cloud for Enterprise IT?
- A more versatile, responsive and flexible approach. Hybrid Cloud enables a custom approach to the placement of workloads, services and applications depending on where the most benefit is likely to be for the individual business. This can make it much easier to manage capacity and also contributes to more cost effective management of IT.
- Greater security and control. There remains a lot of debate around the security aspects of the public cloud and there is no doubt that a Hybrid Cloud presents more options for control. This can make it easier to manage risk and to respond to the ever changing security challenges that arise in an IT context today.
- Adaptable and effective. Microsoft's recent release of Azure Stack shows just how far the Hybrid Cloud has come by offering a purpose-built infrastructure package that is as simple to use as the tech giant's public cloud platform. The large majority of innovation and development in IT today is being channelled into the Hybrid Cloud, making it the most attractive choice for Enterprise IT in terms of both future development and investment return.
From the range of benefits that exist, to the direction being given by the investments made by the likes of Microsoft, it's clear that the Hybrid Cloud is the future for Enterprise IT.
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