Finding the perfect cloud platform for your business isn’t black and white. Nothing is 100% accurate or can guarantee a right fit, and no two organizations are the same. However, there are practical ways to think about the structure as your enterprise evolves. Introducing a hybrid cloud solution into your overall computing environment offers enterprises a number of benefits from innovation and enablement, to cybersecurity and application.
Choice and Flexibility
Different departments and employees are going to view cloud platforms through the perspective of their responsibilities, tasks, and goals. This typically results in a variety of input as to which type of cloud infrastructure is best. For example, the marketing team might be drawn to Salesforce because of their 360-degree customer view. Some techs might favor Azure for consistency and mobility between on-prem and public cloud environment, while others like the resources and apps available within Amazon Web Services (AWS).
More than ever before, companies are taking advantage of the seemingly endless opportunities with a hybrid cloud strategy. And that is something to embrace. You don’t want to get stuck on a single cloud vendor and miss out on the competitive drive of the market. Competition moves technology forward with new applications, customer-based cost structure, service delivery, and so on. With a hybrid approach, you can take advantage of those innovations to build the best system for your business.
Since the digital transformation fast-tracked and remote work became the ‘new norm,’ bad actors have been having a field day. Ransomware attacks continue to spike, and human error remains the number one cause of data loss. Hybrid cloud environments offer enterprises the backup and recovery tools necessary to keep business moving.
If you’re using the cloud for the bulk of your operations, you can backup and restore from an on-premises environment. If you’re focusing on-premises, you can use the cloud as your backup and restore. With both systems able to work interchangeably as a hybrid cloud architecture, you get an ideal model for data protection and disaster recovery.
Technology requires enterprises to always look ahead in order to remain competitive. Data science, AI, and machine learning are the latest developments for business enablement using data-based decision making. Key to implementing AI is both having the capacity necessary to collect incoming and historical data, as well as the tools to make it operational. AWS provides a huge amount of storage, while Google Cloud Platform (GCP) maximizes data with a variety of services and AI access.
A hybrid infrastructure lets you leverage the best resources and innovation available in the dynamic cloud marketplace. You’re better equipped to meet targeted AI functionalities and goals with more opportunities. Aware of the benefits and customer preference for hybrid environments, cloud providers are making it easier to ingest data from platform to platform. While interoperability can induce analysis paralysis, the hybrid environment removes a lot of the risks of a single cloud environment. If something doesn’t work as expected, you can easily consume data in a different cloud, using different services and tools. With hybrid cloud, It’s ok to use 100 applications and 100 different cloud-based sources to achieve your desired functionality.
A service-oriented architecture (SOA) calls on enterprises to build IT granularly and responsively. According to the SOA manifesto, a set of guiding principles similar to the agile manifesto, IT should not be a monolith. Instead, let business needs be the focus and stay close to those as you evolve. SOA is really the foundation of a hybrid cloud environment that allows you to ebb and flow as necessary. It’s common to get distracted by shiny new features – especially in a hybrid cloud environment – but the business needs to drive strategy, direction, and implementation. If you stay focused, you can both leverage hybrid cloud opportunities, and follow SOA to accomplish enterprise goals.
Next Step Toward a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Environment
If you agree with the tile of this article, then it’s time to see what a hybrid cloud could look like in your enterprise. 2nd Watch is an AWS Premier Partner, a Microsoft Azure Gold Partner, and a Google Cloud Partner with 10 years of experience in cloud. Our experts and industry veterans are here to help you build your environment for lasting success.
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