Four Reasons CIOs Should Be Saying, ‘All I Want for Christmas Is a Hybrid Cloud’
You may have a lot of shiny new gadgets like a tablet or smartwatch, but do you have a hybrid cloud? With 68 percent of enterprises running less than one-fifth of their application portfolios in the cloud, according to RightScale’s “2015 State of the Cloud Survey,” it’s likely you don’t. But you should.
Forget asking for a new set of golf clubs or an upgraded smartphone — it’s time to get your business ready for 2016 with a hybrid cloud.
The list of reasons why you need a hybrid cloud is about as long as Santa’s list of good girls and boys. To keep it simple, here are four reasons why a hybrid cloud should be at the top of your Christmas list.
1. You Get the Best of Both Worlds
A hybrid cloud combines the security and control of an on-premises solution with the flexibility, scalability and availability of the cloud. End users get access to user-friendly, browser-based interfaces that offer almost instant access, while IT can still provide a higher level of security for sensitive data and applications than a public cloud would provide.
What’s more, it’s the perfect bridging mechanism, allowing you to continue to benefit from your on-premises infrastructure investments while gaining further flexibility and agility in the cloud.
2. You Can Go With the Flow
A hybrid cloud is a particularly good idea if your business environment endures spikes in demand or you need to be able to scale quickly for rapid growth or new initiatives. A hybrid cloud allows companies to buy according to medium rather than maximum workload requirements, saving money while still being able to use burst capabilities when the business needs to scale rapidly.
3. You Can Keep Your Cash for a Rainy Day
Getting buy-in from stakeholders for a big capital expenditure like an on-premises infrastructure overhaul can be painful. Not only does a hybrid cloud let you avoid a big out-of-pocket expense, it can add to the bottom line in a myriad of ways — from reducing the cost of data storage to lowering availability and application development costs. Some cloud solutions can reduce the cost of storage by up to 50 percent per gigabyte by optimizing data placement.
4. You Can Better Meet Demands on Your Infrastructure
The world is only becoming more cluttered with data and devices, and there’s no end in sight. IDC estimated that by 2020 there will be more than 40 trillion gigabytes of data. Meanwhile, Gartner predicted that by 2020 there will 25 billion connected devices — a 410 percent increase from 2015.
Storing all of this data and meeting the demands of an increasingly large number of connected virtual machines can quickly put a strain on your infrastructure. With a hybrid cloud, however, the pressure is off your infrastructure (and you), and users get 100 percent availability. A hybrid cloud can also be used as a backup strategy for critical workloads, further ensuring there is minimal risk of disruption.
Ask for a Hybrid Cloud
A hybrid cloud positions your company to capitalize on new initiatives and growth opportunities without losing the investments you’ve already made in your infrastructure. With a hybrid cloud’s ability to reduce costs, rapidly scale and increase agility, as well as its flexibility and availability, there’s no good reason not to get one.
Go ahead and ask for a hybrid cloud this holiday season. If you’ve been nice, you may just get one.