When it comes to data storage, organisations of all sizes must eventually confront the same question: Are workloads best kept in a private data centre or in the public cloud? Both options have distinct benefits for storing data, running applications and handling workloads. Choosing one strategy or the other – or the appropriate blend of the two – will depend on a company’s unique needs and evolving customer demands.
The public cloud has transformed the way the world works, allowing operational scale and flexibility. However, for some companies, hybrid gives them the ability to choose the level of operational freedom they are comfortable with.
A properly designed hybrid infrastructure can generate savings with organisations using hybrid IT 38% more likely to achieve a decrease in IT expenditure, overall. Small organisations are often a good fit for a total cloud environment as it avoids upfront infrastructure costs.
Businesses opt for hybrid because of its resilience and reliability, reducing the risk of lack of availability or uptime of an in-house solution.
A major incentive to opt for a hybrid environment. Hybrid IT allows businesses to pick and choose the systems they’d like to keep on premise and those they’d like to either collocate or put into the cloud. Depending on your organisation and the sensitivity of its data, keeping critical applications on premise may be necessary and moving assets off-site may bring coinciding compliance issues.
Cloud resources are always available, and also deliver scalability in that resources are provisioned on-demand, and generally faster than in an on-premise or collocated environment. A Hybrid solution allows businesses to maintain legacy systems or critical applications on-premise but place other systems in a collocated or cloud environment when it makes sense.
It can be necessary to use both on-premise and cloud services for a period of time until transition to the cloud is complete.