Cloud environments have become a fundamental part of the IT world as they provide countless benefits to small and medium-sized businesses. Traditionally, clouds were restricted to two separate forms – private and public.
Private clouds provide internal controls, security, and privacy for data and applications, whereas a third-party (think: Google, Dropbox) operates public clouds in order to provide increased efficiency while providing less reliance on IT infrastructures within companies.
Hybrid clouds that combine the best of on-premise servers and third-party cloud services are making waves throughout the IT and business world. According to Gartner, 50% of businesses will deploy hybrid cloud computing by 2017. Here are four ways in which these hybrid cloud environments could benefit your business:
In traditional computing environments, you need to have the on-site capacity to meet the maximum conceivable demands. This requires higher upfront costs and on-going maintenance costs, even if your company’s average IT demands are relatively modest. A hybrid cloud environment is the flexible option to support your dynamic IT needs while keeping operating expenses under control. You can reserve your on-premises infrastructure for core business processes while safely directing additional demands to the public cloud. This method avoids the risk of overloading or maxing out resources and saves you money for fallow times when your business’ resource needs are lower.
In relation to cost efficiency, for any demand increases that either require more hardware or maintenance, a hybrid cloud option will let you scale up or down as you need. As your company grows and the resource demands increase accordingly, it is absolutely vital that your infrastructure can support the growth. A hybrid cloud environment ensures that your business processes continue smoothly without having the need to invest in more expensive or complex infrastructure.
We all know how vital the security of data is these days, especially with the degree to which we rely on technology. With hybrid cloud computing, you get the benefit of keeping your sensitive data locked up tightly and securely in private clouds belonging to your business, while still being able to take advantage of using public cloud space for data that does not have the same security imperative.. As a result, you get the benefits of both worlds by saving time and money, and still keeping a tight seal on the most sensitive information.
With on-premise infrastructure, it can be a never-ending game of catch-up as you try to keep pace with advancing technologies. In adapting a hybrid environment, you can take advantage of the newest capabilities without a prohibitive upfront investment. It is the flexible, adaptive choice to stay ahead of the competition and capitalize on the most powerful resources available.
It’s no wonder why more and more businesses are reaching for the clouds. With reduced stress on IT infrastructure, improved cost efficiency, and increased flexibility – hybrid environments are simplifying and securing computing for SMBs.
Could your business benefit from a hybrid cloud environment? Contact us for a free IT audit to discover what’s possible.