Companies are moving to hybrid cloud at a fast rate, with 73% planning to pursue a hybrid cloud strategy over the next two years, reports IDC. If that number seems unbelievable, consider how many large-scale deployments are sitting in owned or leased data centers. And now, how many of those organizations are starting or have moved partially to the cloud? It’s a real trend.
The reasons to pursue a one-foot-in-the-cloud strategy are clear: hybrid cloud offers the increased flexibility, scalability, and data autonomy businesses need to accelerate innovation and time-to-market.
Being able to respond quickly to customer demands and expectations is a core survival tactic in today’s fast moving, application based economy. But moving to a hybrid cloud strategy is not as easy as just choosing a public cloud vendor, setting up a VPN link, and moving data to it.
For a hybrid cloud strategy to deliver actual ROI, data needs to be managed in a consistent manner across every location. A distributed data management platform seams together where, when, and why data flows from on-prem to cloud data centers. Think of it like your data’s command center—always in control, always on, and managing all of your data, all of the time.
When you drive and power your hybrid cloud strategy with a distributed data management platform, you’ll see transformative results:
- Data stays connected. Rushing into a hybrid cloud strategy without addressing the infrastructure can result in the all-too-typical and unfortunately all-too-common “data silo” — critical data gets put in a specific location, leaving it stuck or disconnected. A distributed data management platform prevents this from happening, which means your applications always have access to the same data where and when they need it — whether that data is in a cloud or on-prem.
- Applications scale for consistent and fast customer experiences. With a distributed data management platform at the helm, your data-driven applications scale to the public cloud when business demands it. For example, retailers have seasonal spikes; scaling applications into a cloud provider is an on-demand and cost-effective way to manage those seasons without having to invest in more on-prem infrastructure.
- Data sovereignty remains intact. With the European Union’s GDPR privacy regulations and various industry compliance requirements, being able to retain data in a specific geographic region while moving data among clouds or geographies makes compliance much easier and certain. A distributed data management platform gives you this flexibility and control, and hybrid cloud offers the combination of on-prem for sensitive data and cloud for less sensitive data. In either case, it is completely auditable and controlled by the business. Customers have a seamless experience based on their location without any disruption due to data compliance issues.
Connection. Scale. Sovereignty.
Three words that are never taken lightly in ANY context, but in the world of 21st century enterprise applications and hybrid cloud, they now have a whole level of meaning and importance. Ignore them at your peril—embrace them at your benefit.