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The Promise of Hybrid Cloud

date: March 27, 2018

Everything is “hybrid” these days. Our cars. Our insurance. Even our food.

And certainly, too, our cloud computing.

Practically unheard of 10 years ago, the hybrid cloud has gone from vague concept to embraced idea among CIOs and IT directors. According to Forbes, hybrid cloud adoption among organizations tripled in the last year, from 19% to 57%, and by the end of this year 80% of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud solutions.

The reasons for this widespread hybrid cloud adoption are legitimate and various, but primarily they are:

1. Organizational agility

A hybrid cloud set-up essentially gives enterprises the best of both worlds. They get to take advantage of emerging cloud technologies while retaining use of their on-premises infrastructures to ensure they continue to deliver a return on investment. They get the mobility, scalability, and cost efficiency of the public cloud and the security and familiarity of the private cloud. In spreading data across these two resources, enterprises can make the most of their IT infrastructure.

2. Security

With the rapid increase in fraud, especially in the digital payments space, and new, fine-happy regulations such as the European Union’s GDPR right around the corner, security has become a major concern for most enterprises.

While there are some legitimate questions around hybrid cloud security, according to TechTarget, service-provider environments actually suffer from less attacks than private clouds.

Indeed, hybrid clouds can provide as good as if not better security than traditional infrastructures in part because service providers can allot far more resources and time to security issues than the owners of private clouds. Also, a hybrid cloud environment gives enterprises the ability to take advantage of newer forces in security, such as AI and machine learning.

3. Cost savings

Using a hybrid cloud infrastructure allows enterprises to allot far less resources to architectural upkeep and maintenance by shifting their load-heavy data to the public cloud, allowing them to develop and test new projects in the public cloud without the cost of acquiring new onsite equipment.

But…?

Despite all of the above, many enterprises are still hesitant about hybrid cloud because they haven’t figured out how to affordably and efficiently shift to the hybrid cloud model. The key here is to find the right database for your hybrid cloud needs. Enterprises need a distributed, hybrid cloud database that offers consistency, flexibility, and capability in the form of real-time data and 100% uptime, or their hybrid cloud strategy simply won’t work.

The hybrid cloud is here. It promises lower costs, better security, and far more operational agility. How will you enable it to deliver on its promise?

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