The cloud is taking over IT, but striking the right balance between enterprise-controlled clouds and public clouds can be difficult.
After devoting so much effort and capital to creating a secure and stable internal infrastructure, an organization might hesitate to allow external systems to connect to their highly secure systems. However, tools and controls are available to make an integrated or hybrid cloud safe and similarly secure. And there are plenty of compelling reasons to move ahead with hybrid cloud computing. Here are the top five:
1. Maximize existing assets
Hybrid environments let you use both internal and external assets as required. A significant advantage of this flexibility is the ability to scale quickly whenever you need more capacity. When internal services are available, functions can be deployed on them as normal. But when a particular service grows beyond its internal capacity constraints, you can migrate it to an external cloud. Similarly, when capacity becomes available on internal systems, you can transfer functions from the public cloud, reducing your external cloud provider costs.
2. Ramp up new capabilities quickly
Testing new functions on the public cloud can be safer than allocating internal resources and possibly causing conflicts with existing systems. Install new functions on public cloud resources. If they prove successful, you can make a more informed decision on whether to move them to internal systems as a safe option.
3. Enable highly available and resilient infrastructure
Hybrid clouds can enhance disaster recovery capabilities because data and functions can be replicated to multiple cloud environments. If a fire or natural disaster renders physical facilities unusable, you can restart operations in remote sites with access to the public cloud. When evaluating cloud offerings, select services with multiple replication sites for enhanced data security.
4. Avoid additional capital expense
When your organization needs new applications for specific purposes, or even for short- term projects, you can leverage the public sector of your hybrid cloud to deploy them at minimal expense and avoid a capital expense.
5. Maintain security for internal data
Having the combination of internal and public infrastructure that a hybrid environment provides means you can host your enterprise’s most sensitive data internally. This makes it possible to access less sensitive data and applications via the public cloud without unduly burdening your more secure environment.
The right hybrid cloud configuration can help you overcome budget constraints while improving your overall IT operations.
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Scott KoeglerÂ is an independent business writer and the author of this blog. All opinions are his own. AT&T has sponsored this blog post.