IT Focus Area: cloud
August 1, 2018
Hybrid Cloud Solutions: Modernize Your Cloud Strategy with One Foot on the Ground
Are you ready to embrace the cloud, but still want to have data on the ground? Choosing a hybrid cloud approach will allow you to get started with a cloud management strategy, while also managing some of your data on-premises.
To modernize cloud strategy in a way that is stable, agile and scalable, enterprises need to shift seamlessly from a legacy state to a future state—which can be daunting. That’s where a hybrid cloud strategy comes into play. Not only can a hybrid cloud strategy help you transition to cloud, it can also reduce your physical footprint, reduce costs, add flexibility, and help you to better manage business expectations.
Whether you are trying to stay ahead of the technology curve or keep up with customer requirements, pursuing a hybrid cloud model is an elastic, scalable way to handle data moving forward. And most business leaders agree. According to the 2018 State of Cloud Report from RightScale, enterprises prefer a multi-cloud strategy and 81 percent of enterprises have already implemented a multi-cloud solution. Additionally, projections from a recent MarketsandMarkets report show that by 2021, the hybrid market will grow to $91.74 billion as compared to the $33.28 billion estimates for 2016.
Four Reasons to Choose a Hybrid Cloud Solution
For many organizations, getting started is half the battle. No matter where you are on your journey from legacy IT to future IT, consider these four reasons to choose a hybrid cloud solution:
1. Cut the fluff
Taking a hybrid cloud approach can reduce your on-premises physical footprint significantly. Even if you aren’t ready to give up your data center entirely, operating in a hybrid environment will allow you to slowly transition to the cloud, while also lowering the cost to procure, implement, operate, and maintain hardware. Not only does this remove the need for as much physical space, it also cuts back on the amount of hardware and software needed. Maybe you are looking to move some applications to the cloud, or maybe you want to limit the amount of space you are using. Either way, you are reducing your presence on-premises.
Expert Tip: Not sure when to make the jump to cloud? Companies often choose to do so when they are due for a refresh so that they can avoid additional new hardware costs and ease the burden of migration costs.
2. Ease into the cloud
If you want to transition from legacy IT to future IT, a hybrid cloud approach allows you to take that next step without uprooting your entire ecosystem all at once—so you can go at your own pace. Hybrid cloud is the connecting point between your on-premises data center and the public cloud. A hybrid cloud approach gives you the flexibility to test and evolove your cloud strategy while maintaining the stability of your hardware and software on-premises. This phased approach allows you to maintain on-premises operational consistency and take advantage of the features and services in the cloud in a way that is complementary for your data processes.
Expert Tip: Remember, the cloud is not all or nothing. The hybrid cloud lets you strategically choose which applications should go to cloud first, so you can test your strategy before going all-in.
3. Operate with flexibility, security and control
Working in the cloud gives you a great deal of flexibility. Operationally, using a hybrid cloud allows you to work faster and have the freedom to use and manage your data as you see fit. Having the ability to easily move your applications between the public and private cloud gives you the control and security you need to maximize your data strategy. It also can give you access to services that cannot be built on-premises and the ability to activate and remove capacity on-demand, based on your specific needs at that moment.
Expert Tip: Keep in mind that while having data in the cloud and on-premises safeguards information and provides flexibility, it’s important to monitor what information is sent back on-premises from the cloud to avoid extra costs.
4. Better your business
In addition to being more flexible and operating faster, there are business reasons to use the hybrid cloud as well. As more organizations choose the cloud, more customers and partners will expect you to be in the cloud—from a collaborative and competitive standpoint. Furthermore, some companies are now requiring you to have a cloud strategy if you plan to work together. These types of requirements could impact the success of your business tremendously.
Expert Tip: Don’t jump to the cloud just because you are supposed to. Let your business requirements drive your decision to enable a cloud strategy—so you can move at a pace that best meets your business needs.
Start Your Journey to Future IT
Choosing a hybrid cloud solution is a great step toward modernization without risking a drastic impact on your workflow. With a hybrid solution, organizations can also start their journey from legacy to future IT without relying on new hardware or associated costs. It allows you to maintain the on-premises data you already have, while progressing your cloud strategy. Starting the journey from legacy to future IT can be daunting but, remember: it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.