Hybrid cloud is a hot topic for businesses globally. The benefits are clear, with hybrid cloud’s flexibility allowing businesses to adopt the right mix of models to meet their specific workloads. However, facilitating a multi-cloud infrastructure can prove tricky. Integration, management and network connectivity all promise to become more challenging while working towards full adoption of hybrid cloud.
Hybrid cloud trends
According to a 2017 report from Forrester: The Proliferation Of Hybrid Cloud:A Global Look At Current Hybrid Trends And Approaches, 56% of organisations surveyed had multiple cloud solutions, and are heading towards hybrid cloud solutions for a variety of reasons.
For these businesses, the key motivations to transition to hybrid cloud include better data management, improved IT infrastructure management and flexibility, and improved security and compliance. With more options and greater flexibility, businesses are able to find the best solutions for their needs, making their IT infrastructure set up far more cost effective.
Hybrid cloud challenges
The same study found that mobile apps and IoT, which need global locations and scalability, are most regularly deployed in the public cloud. However, applications which require local processing power, such as contact centres and internal web business applications, are still predominantly deployed in private cloud.
What’s more, traditional on-premise systems are still the preferred means of deploying some sensitive critical apps such as finance and accounting, security, and human resource. Businesses also often prefer to deploy eCommerce in software-as-a-service (SaaS) environments to capitalise on these solutions’ capabilities to improve customer experience.
Hybrid cloud benefits
Despite these challenges, hybrid cloud still has a lot of potential for businesses. The ability to dynamically migrate data between clouds is a key benefit that many enterprises are looking to take advantage of.
According to Forrester’s 2017 Report, the migration capability which organisations viewed as the most valuable was brokering recommendations for best-fit platform based on workload characteristics. This was followed by more dynamic relocation of workloads and dynamic provisioning of excess capacity.
For businesses who want to remain agile and work more cost-effectively, hybrid cloud is an ideal solution. However, as the aforementioned study has indicated, there’s no one-size-fits-all cloud platform for organisations. With greater flexibility, comes greater complexity – meaning many businesses looking to adopt hybrid cloud will need additional support to integrate a mix of cloud platforms into their IT infrastructure.
How can Tech Data help?
You can work with HPE and Tech Data Advanced Solutions to find the right mix of platforms for your customer’s applications and data, building hybrid solutions that seamlessly span traditional IT, private and public cloud. Take a look at our Hybrid IT with Cloud product page to find out more about how we can help you deliver hybrid IT services to your clients.
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