Despite more than a decade of cloud migration, on-premise data centers still house a vast number of workloads and an enormous amount of data. The reason? Simply put, it's often not realistic to move a large organization's entire infrastructure into the cloud.
While some workloads make more sense in the public cloud, some are best served by a private cloud or in-house physical infrastructure. That’s where hybrid cloud solutions come into play, allowing large organizations to seamlessly integrate physical data center resources and cloud services together, for both security and performance.
The hybrid cloud structure allows large companies to do more with less, stretching the budget and using every dime as efficiently as possible. Today’s IT departments understand there’s no reason to overspend on IT infrastructure – instead, it is best to use the team’s time and knowledge to expand the company’s offerings or improve its products. And we’re seeing the majority of the industry turn to this mixed deployment model, with 74% of organizations describing their strategy as hybrid and multi-cloud, according to Forrester.
Today’s hybrid cloud solutions have matured to the point where they can provide excellent security to companies, allowing staff and applications to access the critical data they need while maintaining control over the physical infrastructure and network. Here are a few examples in which cloud services specifically enhance the hybrid data center:
- Cloud bursting – the hybrid cloud allows your company to add compute resources when needed; or to pull back in leaner times when as much capacity isn’t necessary.
- Data accessibility – with the cloud, your company’s critical data, apps, and information can be accessed from anywhere, at any time.
- Data protection – with cloud storage, your critical in-house information is protected and backed up. If something happens to your on-site operations, such as a natural disaster that impacts your own equipment and hardware, you still have your information saved in the cloud and can quickly get your data back.
So, is hybrid cloud always the answer? It seems it's certainly the most popular, as it provides a flexible solution for organizations that require a mix of onsite and cloud-based services. To learn more about how Markley’s hybrid cloud services can help your organization, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.