Hybrid cloud computing is becoming the norm when it comes to data center solutions. Every day there are new solutions and challenges solved that use cloud-based and traditional data centers together in a system that provide organizations with flexibility and data storage solutions, giving them a real advantage over their counterparts stuck on private or public environments.
But what is the secret behind hybrid cloud’s continued growth? What makes it so popular and why should you consider it?
Flexibility in the Hybrid Cloud
The first and most obvious reason why a hybrid cloud is so popular is that it is completely flexible. Sensitive information can be stored in a secure environment protected from outside threats, while information and applications that don’t require this can simply be stored in a public environment where access is easier.
This flexibility brings about several advantages. Firstly, it means that regular access of documents is easy, while also protecting more sensitive information. It also allows businesses to create systems that are built to match budget constraints and resources available – something which is never the same from business to business.
The Perfect Match For Big Data
While the capabilities of the hybrid cloud can be designed for any company based on its needs and budgets, there is one capability that will never change: its ability to process big data. In fact, any system that is pure public or pure private cloud is not well suited for big data, and this can cause significant problems.
According to research from Gartner, by 2020 big data will have to be reinvented and digitalized, or it will eliminate 80% of business processes and products that existed in 2010. Only cloud solutions are really going to be flexible enough to keep up with the demands of increasing amounts of information entering our businesses. Public solutions are too unreliable to process and transfer big data, and private clouds can’t be scaled, and their availability creates significant challenges.
This means that hybrid cloud solutions are the way to meet the growing demands for big data. Especially as it would seem that big data is already pushing the limits of today’s infrastructure and this is not set to change.
It Is A Growing Trend
In January 2016, a survey was taken to ascertain the state of the cloud computing environment. Since the previous survey in 2015, there has been a massive increase in the number of businesses adopting a hybrid cloud solution with the number rising from 58% to 71%. This corresponds to more Virtual Machines in their IT infrastructure, with 4% more enterprises having more than 1,000 VMs in the public cloud and 31% of companies having more than 1,000 VMs using a private cloud.
It was also discovered that on average, cloud users leveraged six clouds on average.
This growth can be partly explained by the relaxation on the threat of security. Even though there is still a threat of hacking and other criminal activities, it is now the lack of resources/expertise that is most challenging organizations looking for a hybrid cloud solution. Another difficulty is identifying cloud cost management, with one in four companies finding this challenging. However, a solution to cost management could help optimize cloud costs.
Hybrid cloud solutions are the biggest trend when it comes to storing information for business and offering users a way to access their required applications. In 2016, 71% of organizations were using a hybrid cloud computing solution to meet their needs, mainly because a hybrid solution has flexibility and cost advantages. As a result, there are new challenges facing companies, including expertise acquisition and cost management.
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