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How The Hybrid Cloud Accelerates Digital Business Transformation

2022 is just around the corner, and the competition among software product companies is more fierce than ever. Consumers have built their lives around tech and notice even the smallest differences in software experiences. To erase these differences, businesses are increasingly adopting the hybrid cloud strategy, which lets them choose what runs where.

For all practical purposes, the hybrid cloud refers to a harmonious blend of storage, services, and computing environment composed of public and private cloud and on-premise infrastructure. More than 90% of enterprises are expected to rely on hybrid cloud solutions as early as 2022 to meet their infrastructure needs.

There’s a growing need to move computing closer to the users and where the data resides, and in this article, we’ll dive deeper into how a hybrid cloud strategy can help achieve this transformation. We will also cover some of the considerations you need to take into account while implementing this strategy. But first, let’s talk about the single biggest reason why we need the hybrid cloud approach.

The Need For Hybrid Cloud — Agile Methodology Implementation

Agile is all about having shorter development cycles with detailed short-term planning and quicker reactions to feedback received. The idea is to improve customer satisfaction with continuous software delivery while accommodating the changing requirements in the development process. Now, agile is not only faster but also more economical compared to traditional development practices.

However, with a flexible development methodology comes the need for a flexible infrastructure to support it. 30 years ago, it would take weeks to get our hands on a new server to host a deployment. Now, with a virtual machine, it can be done in a matter of seconds.

The reason why hybrid cloud becomes all the more relevant is that while almost every modern business is shifting part of their workload to the cloud, they need to be able to use their present technology. Every organization builds and runs its cloud-native applications in a certain automation environment. This ensures the application they build today stays relevant and compatible with other applications in the years to come.

Pros and Cons Public Clouds

Public clouds are service providers such as Microsoft Azure and AWS who rent a portion of their distributed data center infrastructure (IaaS).

Pros

  • Reliable services: Some vendors guarantee 99.99%+ availability.
  • Ease of scaling up and down.
  • Lower capital expenditure, as you pay only for what you use.

Cons

  • Lowered control over data and its security, all the more relevant depending on geographical laws under which your data is operating.
  • Increased operational costs if your performance demand increases.

Pros and Cons Private Clouds

A private cloud is a dedicated cloud infrastructure you set up for your organization. You can manage it yourself or hire a third-party service and choose to host on or off-premises.

Pros

  • Lower operational costs over time.
  • Greater control over data.
  • Your security is in your hands as applications and data remain behind your firewall, accessible only to authorized personnel.

Cons

  • The initial investment is higher given the cost of equipment and staff training.
  • Little to no flexibility in scaling your IT resources up or down.

Hybrid Cloud Scenarios

Here are some scenarios where you need a hybrid cloud approach: App refactoring: When you need to rewire multiple components in your application, typically to leverage public cloud services.

  • Big data processing: Businesses can run big data analytics on public cloud platforms where scalability isn’t an issue while keeping the big sensitive data private behind their firewall.
  • Temporary or cyclical processing requirements: With a hybrid cloud approach, you can allocate public cloud resources for short-term and immediate requirements. This way you won’t have to invest in equipment you won’t need in the future.
  • Frequently changing workload: Businesses can categorize their sensitive data to be processed on a private cloud or on-premises infrastructure while moving more critical processing tasks to the scalable public cloud.
  • Undefined requirements: For most organizations, a public or a private cloud solution can’t downright meet their requirements. The point stands — why sacrifice on core business requirements if a solution can’t meet it? The hybrid cloud approach lets you have the best of both worlds.

Building An Effective Hybrid Cloud

Businesses today are confronted with the need to adopt digital transformation, and that means having the agility to adjust to the changing demands. Here’s a transformation roadmap for building an effective hybrid cloud.

  • It’s Not Just The Infrastructure

Businesses can no longer rely on manual processes as they can’t handle the scale of today’s computing infrastructures. Moreover, these manual processes can’t prevent the operations on multiple clouds from getting incompatible and inconsistent. Given that automation is no longer a tactical tool, it’s a necessity.

  • Leverage Enterprise Open Source

One way to ensure that your hybrid cloud remains functional and productive is to build it on top of enterprise open source products. Doing this will ensure the containers remain portable across all cloud environments, offering consistent experiences regardless of the IT environment in the picture.

  • Security Is A Non-Negotiable

In a hybrid cloud, security, audit, and governance of data take precedence over everything else. And it’s rational, given your data resides in multiple locations, especially the public cloud, and needs a multi-layered defense strategy. The first step to achieve this involves sorting through your data to categorize the most sensitive information and verifying whether it meets all the compliance and risk.

Take The Next Step

A business’s digital transformation, necessary to stay innovative and keep up with the customers’ demands, covers multiple aspects of how it operates. This includes its people, culture, and technological building blocks. Only a competent hybrid IT solution offers the edge of the flexible support you need to manage your workload while giving you clear visibility and optics across your cloud infrastructure.

More than that, it will improve your cost & vendor management paradigms. Being able to move on to the next big thing without worrying about the infrastructure is a huge advantage in the present economy. Contact us to learn more.