The Benefits (and Challenges) of Hybrid Clouds

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The Benefits (and Challenges) of Hybrid Clouds

A hybrid cloud environment mixes the best of the public and private cloud worlds. Regardless, here are the benefits and a bit of advice about making the jump.

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Today, many organizations are exploring the cloud to store and manage their data. With a wide range of options available – private, public, and hybrid – choosing an apt model of cloud computing is challenging. Where public cloud has the advantage of scale and flexibility, the private cloud offers better control and security. With pros and cons that fall somewhere in between private and public cloud is a hybrid cloud. Hybrid is the way ahead to maximize the cloud benefit.

In order to understand the trends in hybrid clouds, Forrester Consulting conducted a survey worldwide and compiled a report. The research integrates insights from director-level and above IT decision-makers. Although most of the results were expected, a couple of surprises stood out.

Benefits of converting to hybrid clouds: In the survey, Forrester found that 38% of 1,000-plus North American and European enterprise infrastructure technology decision-makers said that they are building private clouds, with 32% procuring public cloud services and the remainder planning to implement some form of cloud technology in the next 12 months. 59% of respondents said that they were adopting a hybrid cloud model. They stated three main benefits of hybrid cloud:

  1. Improved data management.

  2. Better IT infrastructure management and flexibility.

  3. Security and compliance.

Due to the complexity involved in deploying the hybrid cloud, this result may be surprising. Although deployment is a difficult process, the end result makes it worth. Companies experienced that by coupling private and public clouds with their traditional infrastructure, they are getting the best and most cost effective solutions.

The type of cloud model depends on the type of workloads: We often wonder which cloud model will be perfect for what kind of workload. Forrester found the expected result for this. Mobile apps and the Internet of Things were deployed in public clouds, whereas contact centers and web business applicants were deployed in private clouds. Meanwhile, sensitive, mission critical applications are still deployed on-premises.

Hybrid cloud has lots of moving parts: According to the survey conducted, it shows that the complexity of a multiple cloud environment is the only colossal challenge faced by companies. Approximately 70% of the companies said that security and management complexity were challenging.

The seamless transformation between clouds should be provided: No company wants to move their workloads at once. Instead, they want to constantly shuffle between cloud platforms. The report concluded that the most valuable migration capabilities included being able to migrate the workloads based on their best-fit and dynamic relocation of workloads based on excess capacity.

The need is for valuable features like consistency and integration. Cost is not a factor: According to the survey, while searching for cloud vendors and platforms, companies are not sticking to the cost factor. This may come as surprise to few people because, while shifting to the cloud, low cost is the stated reason. However, according to the survey, cost is just one factor among many while deciding where to place their workloads. Companies also look for management and security tools (that work across private, public, and traditional IT environments), integration with existing IT management tools and cost management capabilities.

Consulting a third party is top priority: Along with using software and platforms from third parties, many companies are working with third-party vendors for implementation, ongoing management/support, strategy and planning.

When it comes to cloud computing, requirements differs. That's why many companies are migrating to the hybrid cloud. Increased flexibility and speed, combined with decreased cost are key benefits of migrating to the hybrid cloud. 

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