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3 Questions to Ask To Determine if Hybrid Cloud is Right for Your Business

We all know that Cloud computing continues to grow at an exceptionally high rate, with more and more companies adopting a virtualized environment. But, you may not know that hybrid cloud is predicted to be the fastest growing cloud model over the next few years. In fact, Gartner predicts that 50% of firms will be using hybrid cloud technology by 2017. So, you may be asking yourself – “Is hybrid cloud right for me?”

If your business wants to take advantage of the cost savings associated with public cloud, yet is subject to strict compliance requirements and handles sensitive customer data, hybrid cloud may be your best bet. Here are a few questions to consider when deciding whether hybrid cloud is a good fit for your company:

Does your business require operational flexibility? Hybrid cloud offers the proverbial ‘best of both worlds’, allowing companies to take advantage of the cost-efficiency of public cloud and security of private cloud. Companies can segment their applications and systems into two categories: those that use mission-critical processes and those used for regular day-to-day activities. Anything in the first category can be migrated to a more secure private cloud, while those in the second category can utilize the more cost-efficient public cloud.

Does your organization handle sensitive customer data such as health information, social security numbers and credit cards?  Security remains one of the biggest concerns around public cloud computing from enterprise-class organizations. Hybrid cloud allows organizations to pull from public cloud resources when the data is less sensitive, but also to create private, dedicated servers and network devices with restricted access for confidential data.

Does your company have a ‘busy season’? If so, hybrid cloud may be the answer to dealing with temporary increased capacity demands. You can create a private cloud environment designed to meet your typical or average capacity requirements, and employ the public cloud when additional on-demand resources are needed. This means that companies are only paying for traffic spikes when they occur, not all year round.

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