By Tim Scott, Vice President, Cloud, CSS International, Inc.
“The various stats and forecasts for cloud speak to our increasingly hybrid world: There’s no one-size-fits-all story in these numbers. Rather, IT leaders have an increasing number of appealing options for their environments across private cloud, public cloud, and traditional data center infrastructure.”
That quote comes from an in-depth statistical look at the hybrid cloud in 2017, with hybrid models expected to be the most common choice in upcoming years. The article also refers to the predictions of the research firm Gartner, which states that by 2020, “no-cloud” policies will be about as common as “no-internet” policies. In other words, “You’re about as likely to see Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster in your office as you will be to encounter a no-cloud rule.”
We were drawn to this article because one of their key conclusions matches ours: that there is no-one-size-fits-all cloud solution. Yes, there are clear benefits for going all-in with the cloud, but there are also valid reasons why some companies should choose a hybrid model or an on-premise private cloud solution.
Advantages of Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Enterprise-sized companies have numerous workloads to manage, with some fitting better in a public cloud application and others in a private cloud. For example, your company may find that application development fits best in a public cloud so that IT teams can efficiently collaborate. Meanwhile, some client records may require sensitive handling and are therefore best managed in a private cloud setting. And, you may find that some records and/or applications can still be best managed in a physical server, off-cloud. The bottom line: Hybrid cloud solutions allow you to manage discrete workloads appropriately.
Here’s something else to consider. Different cloud solutions come with different costs, and hybrid cloud solutions often allow you to optimize your cost management most effectively. You may, for example, find that one particular workload is especially expensive because you are heavily using your in-house IT team for it. If this workload could be moved to the public part of the cloud, that may provide cost savings. Or, do you have seasons when sales are much more significant? Some companies with seasonal workloads choose to use on-premise solutions for more typical activities, then utilize the public cloud for overflow work.
Another advantage of hybrid cloud solutions is that they allow your enterprise to test the public cloud for each of your relevant applications to see if it’s a more effective choice. Some companies use hybrid clouds, then, as a transitional strategy.
Advantage of Private Cloud Solutions
Private clouds make good sense when you need significant control over your data and infrastructure, and they also give you complete control over the level of security provided. No other company would have access to these servers, which creates a private environment. (Of course, this also means that your enterprise is responsible for devising the security controls, implementing them, and overseeing them.) If your company is part of a uniquely regulated industry, you can create your private cloud system to be in accordance with applicable regulations and laws. And, as part of a global enterprise, your company may have locations where the public cloud is not readily available and/or not available to the degree that you would like. In that case, the private cloud makes the best sense.
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