Move To Hybrid Cloud
In the current ever-changing cloud environment, new advancements are made every day. Hence, it is essential to ensure greater scalability and flexibility while keeping costs in check. This necessity also poses a critical challenge for enterprises to select their cloud infrastructure according to their workloads. Recent trends state that organizations have found the answer in hybrid cloud as multiple enterprises have already started migrating their existing environments to a hybrid infrastructure.
Microsoft defines a hybrid cloud as a “computing environment which combines a public cloud and a private cloud by allowing data and applications to be shared between them.” In other words, it is a solution to combine private cloud or on-premise servers to any number of public clouds and allowing communication between these services. In terms of security, hybrid cloud tops the list as organizations can store their sensitive data on their personal servers or cloud. At the same time, organizations can leverage public clouds’ flexibility and computational power for basic tasks.
Hybrid Cloud — Benefits
The foremost benefit of a hybrid infrastructure is agility. Hybrid cloud provides the ability to scale resources according to demand and instead of incurring massive public cloud expenditures, companies can take care of short-term spikes locally. Often referred to as “best of all possible worlds”, hybrid cloud allows enterprises to face the lowest risk of data exposure by running computational power on public cloud and using private or on-premise servers for business-critical applications.
According to Mordor Intelligence, hybrid cloud has already experienced substantial growth in the past years. The market research and consultancy firm expects the hybrid cloud market to reach $128.01 billion in 2025 from $45.70 billion in 2019. Experts believe a well-maintained hybrid cloud infrastructure can keep the company’s costs in check while providing superior management and cloud administration.
Other than the benefits listed above, a hybrid cloud has other advantages too. The launch of a new application comes with the risk of being an untested workload. Trying anything new on a cloud infrastructure comes with its risks. With hybrid cloud, these risks are mitigated as the initial investment is lower. Businesses can opt for a few resources to run the applications instead of paying for their entire infrastructure. Apart from that, specific industries are regulated by the government to protect their sensitive data. With a hybrid cloud, these companies can save their data on a private cloud or on-premise servers to comply with their regulations.
Challenges and Overview
Due to its complex nature, managing a hybrid cloud is an intricate process. Each cloud provider or on-premise solution needs its management consoles, network capabilities, and much more. A dedicated team of experts is necessary to sustain the cloud environment and disparate networks for effective communication, taking a heavy financial toll.
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