With so much talk about hybrid cloud computing, let’s take a look behind the hype.
With the concept of “cloud computing” being bad enough for IT and business leaders to get their heads around, the industry is now awash with the term “hybrid cloud” as a way forward for IT service delivery. Does hybrid cloud offer more than just another buzzword? We think so and here’s why.
FROM ON-PREMISES TO CLOUD (AND BACK AGAIN)
Australian enterprises now have quite a lot of choice when it comes to using an IT service provider. Customers can procure on-demand services from a pure cloud provider or engage with a managed service provider for value-added services – including architecture consulting – on top of infrastructure.
In addition to managing existing on-premises infrastructure and services, many organisations face challenges deciding which workload should be managed with which provider and the invariable cloud “sprawl” that comes with too many separate engagements.
Hybrid cloud promises to go a long way to reducing the complexity of the cloud landscape in an organisation.
WHAT A (TRUE) HYBRID ARCHITECTURE OFFERS
Hybrid is more than simply one service alongside another, it’s about integration and management.
Hybrid takes the IT consumption model of cloud and applies it to the entire architecture, be it on-premises, with a managed service provider or in a public cloud. With a hybrid cloud customers can choose – for better or worse – which infrastructure to use for which application at a certain time.
For example, storage can be procured with an MSP on-demand to take the load off a public cloud hosting the data in a distant location. Or, known workloads spikes, like reporting demands, can be shifted from on-premises to a service provider with a consumption-based pricing model.
This is why hybrid cloud is an exciting future for IT service delivery. The next time you’re reviewing your architecture, consider how hybrid cloud automation can add value and increase the business’ flexibility.