The problem of the digital transformation of business has been actively discussed all over the world for several years now. Increased competition, the need to respond quickly to changes in the market and consumer demand, cost reduction, and other similar issues are of concern to absolutely everyone today, even the world’s largest corporations.
Cloud technology, including hybrid clouds, is often cited as one of the main tools for digital transformation.
What Is Hybrid Cloud?
Hybrid solutions, regardless of the area in which they are developed and applied, are primarily aimed at retaining the benefits of several separate products and services. The same applies to cloud computing.
Hybrid technology is a cloud infrastructure model in which a company’s IT resources are shared with rented virtual servers from a cloud provider while being on a single network. This approach can be used as a standalone solution that provides flexibility in terms of load balancing of the IT structure or acts as a transitional stage on the path to a full migration to the public cloud.
When using a hybrid cloud solution, the customer’s IT infrastructure works in the same network as the provider’s cloud. This allows IT leaders to decide on their own which services should run in the public segment and which should be left in the private cloud.
The term “cloud computing” was first used by the chief technologist of Sun Microsystems Eric Schmidt to refer to services that remotely support various data and applications hosted on remote servers.
What is the main benefit of the hybrid cloud?
Using a hybrid cloud enables companies to scale compute resources. In addition, companies can reduce large capital expenditures when computing power is needed during short-term spikes in demand. Such surges are typical for online stores during the pre-holiday sales seasons.
Businesses will only pay for the resources they temporarily use, rather than buying, programming, and maintaining additional resources and equipment that may remain inactive for extended periods.
Is the hybrid cloud right for your business?
A hybrid cloud can be an optimal choice when companies need to leverage the flexibility and functionality of one or more public clouds, combined with valuable pieces of information in a private cloud.
The main consumers of hybrid clouds are businesses that need to adapt to unpredictable workloads.
– Bursts of traffic to websites of organizations, for example, after a successful advertising campaign.
– Incommensurate with the characteristics of the equipment load on the server, for example, processing information for the preparation of reports.
– Critical and urgent requirements for scalability in emergencies.
The Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) is one of the government agencies that has taken advantage of hybrid cloud services.
In 2015, Singapore experienced an outbreak of group B streptococcus associated with the consumption of raw freshwater fish. In total, 283 people became seriously ill from this epidemic. Using Amazon Web Services (AWS) hybrid cloud technology to analyze this epidemic, GIS epidemiologists were able to figure out where the virus came from and identify the virus itself.
Hybrid clouds and enterprise data security.
Another factor driving businesses towards hybrid clouds is the potential danger of public clouds. Hackers and attackers are constantly looking for new ways to break into and steal valuable corporate data. Even the best VPNs in the world cannot cope with new hacker technologies. However, despite the dangers, enterprises are unwilling to give up the benefits of cloud infrastructure, and at the same time, they lack the ability to build their own private cloud.
In this case, the hybrid cloud is the best solution. It allows you to use a small private cloud for storing and processing confidential information, such as mail, data, corporate website, ECM and CRM systems, virtual PBX, and move the rest of business processes to a public cloud.
Two-thirds of companies adopting hybrid cloud report that they have already achieved a competitive advantage with such technologies. As noted by IBM, these organizations are three times more likely than others to declare their readiness to use a hybrid cloud to collect data, form information assets, and monetize them.
As enterprises navigate their own digital transformation paths, hybrid clouds are becoming a platform for agile solutions, innovation, and increased automation of data transfers.