Hybrid cloud: the right balance
Digitalization increases the pressure on businesses, but it also entails new approaches.
Data protection guidelines and individual security requirements increase skepticism towards public cloud solutions and therefore further reduce the share of businesses that count entirely on it. The advantages of such solutions are however evident even for critics. When we look at agility and cost efficiency, a public cloud clearly has benefits. In contrast to it, we look at customer specific on-premises solutions. With on-premises solutions, the focus is on autonomy despite higher initial financial expenses.
It is undisputed that – in case of public and private solution approaches – two worlds are colliding. Businesses are often in conflict as they are either driven by innovation pressure to change to public cloud solutions or inhibited by skepticism, concerns about autonomy or potential compliance regulations. Questions arise like “Which characteristics/requirements are more important to me?” or “What can we willfully do without?” Additionally, different requirement profiles or application specific needs complicate the decision for a standardized and, at the same time, a satisfying solution.
A side issue? Most likely not.
An approach for a solution would be to choose the “right balance” without having to give up anything. A hybrid cloud solution combines the advantages of both worlds via the integration of public cloud services into the local IT landscapes. Through the combination of on-premises and public cloud solution models, a maximum benefit can be generated for many companies.
As even shown by a current IDG study, such a hybrid approach is emerging as the model of the future. The statistical study results are proving that the hybrid cloud is representing the core of the IT transformation as well as being the “driver for digital business”.
Where are the biggest advantages?
- Compliance: compliance is and will remain a central issue for businesses of all fields. A hybrid cloud solution helps to separate private and public storage spaces in order to put certain data in the public cloud whilst other data remains on the internal systems all depending on the individual needs and requirements. For this purpose, one needs to classify the data in order to choose the suitable “world” according to the existing requirements. An unchanged view of the data irrespective of the storage location is equally beneficial.
- Rapid scalability: hybrid cloud environments are suitable especially for applications with hardly predictable usage rates, respectively peak loads, as they react swiftly to it. Furthermore, the effective necessary computing power can be provided instantly.
- Cost efficiency: a public cloud operates capacities that are not required for 365 days a year, such as pilot environments or test and development systems can be run considerably more cost-efficient. If you would expand the in-house server capacity for peak loads in these areas or if you, yourself would establish special services, then this would be significantly less efficient from a cost standpoint than public approaches.
- Flexibility: the right balance entails more flexibility too. Businesses are not forced any more to operate their applications in an “infrastructure world”, but will be able to shape the design of the server and the storage flexibly, based on their own standards and guidelines depending on the situation and the demands on the resources.
With a suitable strategy for integration and business processes that are adjusted accordingly, hybrid cloud solutions present itself very often as the “golden answer” to the pressure from digitalization and the different requirement profiles.
Even to the Central European Cloud sceptic, this solution appears to be attractive: one gets initially a “smell” for the public cloud air and can so carefully approach the advantages of public solutions by maintaining independence at the same time.
NTS supports customers on their way to a hybrid cloud solution with a selected portfolio of suppliers and great technical competency. With public cloud partners such as Microsoft Azure and with the “best of breed” on-premises solution of the partners Cisco, VMware, Dell EMC and NetApp, attractive standard solutions are offered while at the same time tailor-made hybrid cloud solutions are of course implemented as well.