A recent IBM study of 500 hybrid cloud implementers was highlighted at Talkin’ Cloud recently. The study – Growing up Hybrid: Accelerating Digital Transformation – contained a number of interesting insights, including:
- 26% of respondents are using a hybrid cloud to gain a competitive advantage, and managing their IT environment in an ‘integrated, comprehensive fashion for high visibility and control’
- 90% of organizational leaders say their hybrid cloud is critical to their business strategy and success
- 85% say their hybrid cloud approach is accelerating their digital transformation
- Leaders are 5 times more likely to use a hybrid cloud for cognitive computing such as predictive intelligence and machine learning
- Leaders are 3 times more likely to use their hybrid cloud for commercializing insights than non-hybrid cloud users
- Over 33% are using their hybrid cloud to enable Internet of Things (IoT)
In essence, the IBM study showed that a hybrid cloud environment helps organizations gain control of their data, improve application performance, and provide the flexibility needed to capitalize on the latest technology advances.
Hybrid clouds can take advantage of the benefits of both public and private cloud models to create a cloud environment that meets the individual needs of your organization. Beyond that, here are three other considerations for hybrid clouds:
- Data security management. Data is the life-blood of many organizations, and without it, their companies would fail. A hybrid cloud allows you keep sensitive data behind your firewall and outside the public cloud. Migrating data to the public cloud is easy, but it remains safe and secure (to the extent that your private network is secure) behind your IT walls. This is why a hybrid cloud computing model is the only cloud choice for companies with data compliance mandates.
- Scalability of resources. With a hybrid model, you can allocate resources for short-term projects at a much lower cost than using your local IT infrastructure. This will save on possibly wasted IT investments that only need to be used for short periods of time.
- Private clouds take time and serious investment. With a hybrid cloud model, you can quickly tap into an existing public cloud computing infrastructure without changing much of your current technology. If the cloud results in benefits and savings, then you can justify the investment of a private cloud.
There are many benefits to a hybrid cloud computing solution that might make it a fit for your organization, but ultimately, 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.
What cloud deployment options are you considering and why?