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3 business benefits of hybrid cloud computing

There are a myriad of benefits that can be gleaned from hybrid cloud integration.

Every time a new smartphone is released, it feels as though you'd only just bought the latest version a few months ago.

The same type of perception is held with IT integration at many organisations. It seems like the purchase request for new on-site network equipment was approved just last quarter – yet now every administrator is talking about moving to the cloud.

It's difficult to warrant an upgrade when a significant investment was just made for on-premise hardware within the last few years, but there is a middle ground that can get the most return on your initial investment, while still allowing your company to gain access to more computing power: The hybrid cloud.

Hybrid cloud adoption increased threefold in one year.

Designing a seamless architecture between private and public cloud data centres offers numerous benefits, which is why hybrid cloud adoption increased threefold between 2016 and 2017, according to Forbes. Furthermore, the source estimated that by 2019, 80 per cent of the average IT budget will be dedicated to upgrading and maintaining the solution. Here's why:

1. Increased resilience

Hosting every application through the private cloud on site can take a toll on bandwidth capacity. Hybrid cloud deployment allows the IT department to shift workloads that have less of an emphasis on data security to the public cloud. This can optimise network performance and mitigate the risk of any unexpected or extended downtimes by being able to shift spikes in activity off-site.

The average enterprise has a cloud workload split of 43 per cent hosted on private servers and 32 per cent on public, according to a RightScale study.

2. Reduced expenditures

A business case has never been made without it having a positive financial impact, and the hybrid cloud fits the bill. Building more on-site computing power can be an expensive endeavour – new hardware, electricity consumption and cooling capacity can all run a fortune.

The hybrid cloud can unlock greater computing power.The hybrid cloud can unlock greater computing power.

Utilising both the public and private cloud allows your company to leverage its existing infrastructure at the initial buy-in cost, while still gaining the digital capabilities that would otherwise cost a fortune in physical upgrades. For small businesses in particular, this means not having to write off that large investment that was made to deploy a physical data centre, while still being able to keep up with competitors.

3. Improved scalability

Given the flexibility of hybrid cloud, there are a couple of different ways it allows companies to adapt to potential issues they may have faced with legacy hardware. The first being that a growing organisation – especially startups that experience hyper growth – would have issues scaling application usage to meet the needs of employees. This allows them to pay for the computing power they need on the public cloud, while maintaining an optimal private server for more sensitive applications.

Flexibility and scalability are key aspects of the hybrid cloud.

In the same vein, development operations network consumption can vary widely in a short time span, especially if a new product is rolling out. Under previous models, large capital expenses would have to be made to accommodate bursting and ensure the company wouldn't suffer any setbacks on launch. The hybrid cloud can be customised based off the infrastructure and capacity needed, both of which can change depending on the project.

Of course, the aforementioned benefits are exclusive to organisations with a seamless hybrid integration strategy. The alternative is a future filled with setbacks, downtimes and a general waste of resources. Working with a third-party provider with experience in the field can be an asset in itself, as companies can focus more on what they want from their hybrid cloud architecture, rather than making sure it's running smoothly. Contact an ANATAS representative today for more information.

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