An IBM study last year, Growing up Hybrid: Accelerating Digital Transformation, highlighted some interesting corporate insights that show why many organizations aren’t relying solely on a private or public cloud computing model:
- 90% of business leaders point to their hybrid cloud as critical to their business strategy and success
- 85% say their hybrid cloud is accelerating their digital transformation
- Business leaders are 3x more likely to use their hybrid cloud for commercializing insights than non-hybrid cloud users
- Business leaders are 5x more likely to use a hybrid cloud for cognitive computing tasks that help gain business advantage, such as predictive intelligence and machine learning
Hybrid cloud deployments incorporate the benefits of both a public and private cloud models, but beyond that there are three compelling organizational reasons why a hybrid cloud makes business sense:
- Scalability of resources. A hybrid cloud affords businesses the ability to allocate resources for short-term project at lower costs than local IT infrastructure resources. It allows teams to test projects without making costly investments in IT that might not pay dividends in the future.
- Data security and data security management. The importance of data is underscored by the regulations that are in place to protect it. Storing this sensitive data in a public cloud environment, outside of your firewall can expose it to potential breaches beyond your control. A hybrid cloud model allows you to store sensitive data in-house, while storing non-sensitive data more cost effectively in public clouds.
- Less time and money. A hybrid cloud model offers you the ability to quickly tap into an existing public cloud infrastructure without altering your IT infrastructure. If the cloud shows savings and benefits, then you can make the investments necessary for a private cloud deployment.
While cloud adoption rates continue to rise, determining which cloud computing deployment model best suits your organization can be extremely important. It might be that a hybrid cloud computing model is the right way to go. As with any significant IT decision, you need to choose wisely.
Before choosing, you’ll need to consider factors that might be inherently unique to your needs—such as initial investment, the amount of data you’ll be storing and for how long, access patterns and locations where your business operates, security and confidentiality requirements of your industry, your in-house technical resources, and service level agreement needs.