Hybrid cloud computing is just one of many options your business has to choose from if your goal is to create more efficiencies. Since this is a goal for most businesses, hybrid cloud computing is a popular service to implement. In this arena, the option of a hybrid cloud is often a popular choice. It has become such a sought-after service that some of the biggest tech titans in the industry are competing to be the best providers. One has to wonder, however: who’s really the best, and why a hybrid?
Hybrid Cloud Computing: Stats & Benefits
Hybrid cloud computing offers the best of both worlds. Whether working on collaborative or individual projects, there’s a place for everything and everyone. As per a survey conducted as part of a 2017 Microsoft-Zinnov study, over 40 percent of enterprises have planned or intend to plan to build a hybrid cloud infrastructure or transform their existing IT infrastructure. Facilitating innovation (42% of people), lowering cost ownership (54%), meeting customer expectations quickly (40%), and enhancing operations (42%) are some of the primary reasons for taking on a hybrid cloud model.
Businesses love hybrid cloud computing because it uses a combination of public and private, remote and on-site services that can match multiple needs. Some projects are better done in a dedicated or private cloud, and some (particularly for temporary or short-term projects, promotions or campaigns) work better in a public cloud. A hybrid solution allows business’ to properly and efficiently allocate resources where they are needed.
It Won’t Break the Bank:
A hybrid option can help to optimize processes by designating what tasks are best for different technologies (on- and off-site), which cuts costs along the way. In fact, the previously mentioned 2017 study by Microsoft-Zinnov reported that hybrid cloud deployment at a steady rate could result in cost savings of anywhere between 5% and 30% for an enterprise (depending on the growth of an organization’s IT hardware and a proportion of workloads). A whopping 54 percent of business owners cite lowering cost of ownership as a primary reason for starting with or transitioning to a hybrid cloud solution.
You Can Build It Flexibly for your Needs:
Hybrid cloud technology permits an IT team to organize their workloads as efficiently as possible. The nice part of a hybrid cloud’s flexibility is the ability to not only set up your processes as you like but also adjust them as needed. The combination of private and public cloud deployments allows businesses to transition app, resource and data deployment between public and private infrastructure based on evolving business-oriented IT needs.
You’ll Have Better Security:
Security is a constant issue because evolving, smarter technology also means smarter hackers. With a hybrid cloud, however, security is far less of a concern. The multi-tenant platform of some cloud models still concerns IT professionals regarding security, but the hybrid cloud technology allows for specified servers to be isolated from these threats. An organization’s devices can be designed to communicate with these servers over a private network.
Hybrid Cloud Computing’s Top Players
There are a lot of options available for cloud computing technology, but there are two that are making big (or we should say bigger) names for themselves. The top two competing to be the best are Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is currently holding first place, but a recent survey gives Microsoft’s Azure an optimistic future. According to a JP Morgan CIO survey, Microsoft is pulling ahead with 27% of CIOs naming it their “must-have” vendor compared to using AWS or Oracle.
Amazon Web Services is still considered the cloud provider to beat, but the JP Morgan CIO reaction to Microsoft’s hybrid cloud technology will likely allow it to gain traction. The hybrid cloud space is a competitive one. Although it can be intimidating to navigate, you don’t have to do it alone.
The EMPIST Effect
EMPIST is a great proponent of cloud computing technology, for our clients as well as for ourselves. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution for any company, which is why in addition to a hybrid cloud option, we also have multiple other cloud platforms. If you’re looking for a cloud option for your business, we will work with you to find out what your long and short-term needs are for various projects and tasks. With that information, we can guide you to your best options for the cloud.