Cloud technology is now a mainstream option for every business looking for enterprise grade software and services that deliver cost and efficiency benefits. Although we have passed the point of critical mass, so that the infrastructure required to deliver cloud technology is largely in place, this is not the end of the story. This year we are beginning to see changes in cloud usage, in particular a switch from a multi-cloud approach towards hybrid cloud technology.
Hybrid vs. multi-cloud
There are key differences between hybrid cloud and multi-cloud technology that make these models very different in terms of options and outcomes.
A single heterogeneous architecture provides the infrastructure for multiple cloud computing and cloud storage services. Multi-cloud generally refers to a combination of public infrastructure as a service environment and has, historically, often been chosen by organisations not convinced of cloud reliability.
Frequently viewed as an evolution of cloud computing, the hybrid cloud brings together private and public cloud services with on-premise options, all within the same environment. This is an option that tends to be more versatile and offer broader flexibility, as well as a wider range of data deployment options.
Why is hybrid cloud technology the way forward?
Best of breed approach
For any organisation to get the most out of migration to the cloud it's essential to be able to enjoy the best service benefits and evolution of features - many believe that can only happen with a hybrid cloud approach. Often, the best way to achieve this is with a single primary cloud vendor that provides a foundation for cloud operations but the opportunity to use new services and features from that cloud provider - or any other - to ensure investment is being optimised. Unlike in multi-cloud, this is combined with the benefits that are offered by maintaining on-premises resources.
Few, if any, organisations are able to jump straight into the cloud and many already have legacy systems that need to be dealt with. A hybrid cloud technology approach supports both a cloud architecture and a legacy infrastructure and the seamless integration of the two.
A range of benefits
A successful hybrid cloud environment has a number of benefits that can be key to getting the most from cloud technology, including:
- Establishing a single, central identify infrastructure that is applied across a range of environments, both on-premise and in the cloud
- Reliable, robust secure high-speed connectivity between the cloud environment and the business
- Integrated networking that ultimately delivers a segmented but unified overall network infrastructure
- The opportunity to enjoy the benefits of unified resource management and monitoring
Hybrid cloud technology is a big step forward, providing a genuine option for integration. While many businesses have simply sought to bring cloud technology in alongside existing, traditional data centres this approach simply doesn't have the same impact and benefits as a hybrid cloud environment. As far as optimum cloud usage goes in 2019, hybrid cloud technology really is the way forward.
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