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The question is no more about whether or not to move to cloud computing. The more appropriate question is How to go about it. What sort of cloud model suits the necessities of an organization which effectively delivers? Hybrid cloud computing is one such cloud deployment model which is gradually gaining the attention of many organizations.
In a recent survey by Wall Street Journal, as cited by Datapipe said that Nearly 75% of large enterprises plan to have hybrid IT deployments, as it refers to the hybrid cloud, by the end of 2015.
Hybrid cloud provides the ideal blend of both Public and Private Cloud models. National Institute of Standards and Technology defines NIST as,”The composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures(Public, Community or Private) that remain unique entities, but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability.” Read on to find out why you should definitely consider Hybrid cloud computing model when deciding to move to cloud.
We list 4 main benefits Hybrid Cloud Computing model offers:
1. Best of both worlds
By deploying Hybrid cloud, you get the capability to utilize the best characteristics of both, Public and Private cloud models. Hybrid model allows your organization to rely on the cost-effectiveness of Public model for day to day operations, as well as the complete security and control of sensitive and confidential data hosted on Private cloud.
2. Better Security and Control
With the Hybrid Cloud model, you can choose to keep the confidential data and information on your private cloud. You have complete control over who has the rights to access or modify the information or even the visibility of data in question. You feel safer considering the sensitive data does not leave the company and neither can it be accessed from outside your company.
Choosing only Private cloud offers security but it comes at the cost which might appear to be out of budget for a some organizations. And there has been some skepticism that choosing only Public cloud could put your confidential information at risk. Hybrid cloud provides the cost-effectiveness of Public cloud and the security and control of Private.
4. More Scalability of Resources
The immediate short term projects can be relied on the public cloud instead of your local IT infrastructure saving unnecessary IT investments for short period of time. Hybrid model is designed in a way to scale the company’s needs where the company’s local IT infrastructure could possibly fail to deliver. Thanks to the public cloud, scalability is never an issue.
These are just some of the many benefits a Hybrid cloud computing model offers. A business should of course also consider its disadvantages before taking the plunge, but that’s a topic for another day.
However, if an organization, no matter how small, mid or large, is considering to finally move to cloud; it would be highly recommended to consult a cloud computing expert on how the Hybrid cloud model could benefit and work more effectively for its organization instead of simply choosing to go with Private or Public cloud model.
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