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Benefits of Hybrid Cloud

Last month, I touched on the growing popularity of hybrid cloud and how users are increasingly seeing benefits of this approach. According to RightScale’s 2015 State of the Cloud Report, 82% of enterprises have adopted a hybrid strategy, which has increased 8% since last year. Companies are investing in hybrid cloud at a faster rate than private or public cloud alone.

Although there are many definitions of hybrid cloud, we use this term to refer to some combination of public cloud, private cloud or dedicated physical servers. Combining these models gives companies the opportunity to architect an infrastructure to meet their exact needs. So, how are businesses benefiting from a hybrid approach?

Backup and Disaster Recovery. Most businesses cannot afford to be without their critical data and applications for any period of time. To reduce downtime, it is important to have a geographically redundant disaster recovery (DR) strategy to protect your mission-critical data and applications. However, engineering a geo-redundant private Cloud or traditional physical DR environment can be a very costly endeavor. Hybrid Cloud allows businesses to develop a more efficient disaster recovery strategy by running their primary production environments on more expensive physical servers or private Cloud environments, while replicating their data to a less expensive Cloud solution to use in the event of a disaster.

Meet Compliance Requirements. In the past, regulatory requirements such as HIPAA and PCI precluded many businesses from enjoying the flexibility, efficiency and scalability of the cloud due to security concerns. With a hybrid approach, businesses can determine the level of security needed by their specific data and applications. Sensitive data and applications can operate in a more secure environment such as a private cloud or dedicated physical servers, and less sensitive data and applications can go to the public cloud.

Better Product Development. With constant changes in the marketplace, it is increasingly important for companies to provide innovative solutions. However, the R&D and product development process can be very expensive if it requires additional physical hardware or more resources in a private Cloud. Enter hybrid cloud, which gives businesses the ability to operate their production environment in their physical or private cloud environments, and use a public cloud to research and test new products at a much lower cost. The ability to tap into public cloud can also speed up the time it takes to launch a new product since the provisioning process for cloud resources is typically much faster than for physical hardware.

In all of these cases, flexibility and efficiency are key benefits of adopting a hybrid cloud environment.

Which features do you think are most attractive of hybrid cloud?

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