Over the last 10 years “cloud computing” has become an established term to describe on-demand computing services accessed over the internet. As the infrastructure that delivers the internet has steadily improved, businesses now have faster more reliable connections that allow more and more services to me moved off site. The reality is that there only a very small percentage of organisations in a position that will allow them to move all their systems into the cloud, and even fewer will be able to take all those services from one supplier. In the same way that businesses (and consumers) were using cloud computing without really understanding it, we are seeing a common trend with Hybrid Cloud.
Gartner defines a Hybrid Cloud service as “a cloud computing service that is composed of some combination of private, public and community cloud services, from different service providers.”
Essentially what this means is that you are picking the most suitable services for your needs and combining them together to provide the best possible solution. When you have implemented a Hybrid Cloud environment with a genuine mix of on-premises systems, private and public cloud services, giving genuine orchestration between the different platforms, you will enjoy benefits including greater flexibility, cost savings and reliability. If implemented correctly you can facilitate for workloads to move between private and public clouds as computing needs and costs change. In the right scenarios a Hybrid Cloud solution will give businesses greater flexibility and different data deployment options.
Cloud providers realise that they can’t expect a customer to choose between their own datacenter and a supplier’s cloud service and that the reality is that organisations need flexibility to build a platform that fits their needs. Customers want the right solution for the job and by combining two or more services that is exactly what a Hybrid Cloud will give them.
For organisations who have invested capital into IT infrastructure the desire to maximise this investment will no doubt be a priority. In this case choosing to keep some key services running locally is a good idea, but moving e-mail to a platform such as Microsoft Office 365 (public cloud) and start using the Azure platform (private cloud) for testing and development of new services gives greater flexibility and reduces the need for further capital investment. This scenario is very common and provides a steady transition (or evolution) of IT services into cloud computing
A platform such as Microsoft Azure, will easily integrate with your existing IT environment and provide an endless range of solutions can be provisioned, built and managed to fit individual needs.
Cloud providers including Microsoft sell their services on the basis that they can offer ‘pay as you go’ services which can scale up or down quickly to meet the demands of the customers so that they only pay for what is used.
Some of the important things to consider when looking at a Hybrid Cloud solution for your organisation include; What services do I need to have on site? Which applications need the flexibility to grow or shrink? Have we got any legacy applications that applications that will be retired? What compliance do I need to observe? Remember that there are endless permutations of how your IT services can be deployed so take time to consider the options and get advice on what is best for your specific needs.
If you would like to learn how Zenzero Solutions can help you build a Hybrid Cloud please give the team a call on 0333 3209 900.