Why Many Businesses are Choosing the Hybrid Cloud
Still on the fence about making the jump to the cloud? Public cloud, private cloud... But there's a middle ground worth exploring.
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Many major businesses are embracing the cloud, and by all means, it seems like the best option. Or is it? On the other hand, several businesses are taking a more creative route to the internet age – one that allows more mobility, fewer expenses, and it seems, greater benefits. This is known as the hybrid cloud, which mixes and balances together a public cloud, a dedicated server, and a private cloud. What is the appeal, and what do you have to gain by doing the same
1. Flexibility to Suit Your Needs
For companies both big and small, flexibility is vital to make sure you not only hit your deadlines and produce the highest quality results you can, but also save your bank account from costly last-minute expenses. With a hybrid cloud, you can use a mashup of a private cloud, a public cloud, and dedicated servers with converged infrastructure to gain the results you need without investing more to make one mimic the other. For example, with a short-term project, it may be better to use a dedicated server that allows you to manipulate the environment and customize it to suit your exact needs at that exact time. With this level of flexibility , you can get exactly what you want out of the deal without paying vendors more to provide it. When the project is done, you can now get rid of the environment and move on without additional complicated expenses.
2. Better Security
Cloud security is definitely a worry for many. Not only can hackers get a hold of your valuable data used for projects, but if they gain control of your customers' information, you're staring a huge breach of trust in the face. By using a hybrid of the cloud, you can store data in a range of places and move it from one to the next as needed, ensuring hackers have a much more difficult time finding the good stuff. Private clouds are much less likely to be broken into, for example, than a public one. This means you could store customer information on a private cloud, and transmit it to a public one when necessary to minimize the danger you would experience by keeping it on one all the time.
3. Get the Best of Both
Perhaps you don’t have the time, money, or interest to invest into a private cloud, a public cloud, or a dedicated server individually. With the hybrid option, there's no need to choose. By taking a sample of what each has to offer, you can blend them together to a degree that suits your business and its needs specifically without missing out on one over the other. Some projects may be better suited for a public cloud, while others for a private cloud. By balancing the two and only paying for the cut you take, you can place data where it’s best suited and allow it to thrive.
4. Stay in Your Comfort Zone, but Still Enjoy the Advantages of Cloud
Many businesses are fearful of moving to the public cloud because they're inexperienced with its needs and requirements, and hiring new experts into their IT department — or for small businesses, forming a large enough one at all — is a costly venture. By blending together a hybrid, there's no need to throw away your old skills. The dedication to the public cloud is much less necessary, and the same applies to private clouds. If your company is more ingrained with dedicated servers, then you can still use all of these advantages while also taking part in the advantages the cloud provides.
5. Apply to a Wider Market
With so many other businesses moving to the cloud, keeping up with the market and collaborating with others without a cloud is a dangerous if not impossible venture. On the flipside, making the move is costly and time-consuming. What kind of middle ground is available? A hybrid cloud. By cashing in on the public and private cloud on a small scale, you can have a sample of the latest benefits, enough to keep you up to par with partners and competition, while still staying comfortably and cost-effectively in territory you're experienced with.
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