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09-September-2014

Hybrid cloud services

As someone in business, we are sure you are aware of this inherent truth: Evolve and improve the way you do business, or risk almost certain failure. The reason is simple; those who do evolve, innovate and continue to appeal to their market, as a result they streak ahead whilst those who don’t evolve battle harder than they necessarily need to, just to achieve the things which once came easily.

One of the primary drivers of this business evolution is technology.

Developments such as smart phones, tablets, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks and more recently, cloud technology have changed the way we live our lives and how we undertake business.

Developments such as smart phones, tablets, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks and more recently, cloud technology have changed the way we live our lives and how we undertake business.

Not only have these tools made access to each other and critical business platforms easier, but they have made business more efficient than ever and as the tools themselves improve, will continue to do so. Take for example cloud computing which became first available as we know it, in 2006. Just 7 years later the value of cloud computing is tipped to reach $131 billion (according to Gartner) worldwide, driven by storage, app growth, production systems and IaaS. Whilst this figure is indeed impressive, analysts at Gartner speculate generalised cloud services such as hybrid cloud are still in their infancy.

Evolving from the Private Cloud

The Cloud is increasingly changing how businesses operate. Where initially the cloud was used by IT departments to improve latency and improve access for employees to business critical information and services, there is an increasing trend for marketing and other departments to use the cloud for the purposes of improving revenue and customer service. More and more the decision to move elements of the business to the cloud are being driven by non-IT managers, for example, those businesses leveraging the cloud for the purposes of monetising their mobile apps.

Yet, greater application exists for businesses which take advantage of the hybrid cloud. Defined as an environment within which organisations utilise both internal cloud architecture in conjunction with either a community or public cloud provider, a Hybrid cloud provides businesses with the ability to leverage the efficiencies of scalability (and the associated cost elasticity’s) afforded by a public cloud environment without exposing sensitive applications or data to risks potentially associated with third-party platforms.

The Practicality of Hybrid Cloud Platforms

Hybrid cloud instances have many advantages for businesses utilising this setup. Not only do they have the ability to potentially scale quickly, but they have the confidence in knowing that certain business-critical data is stored on in-house servers, not in the public cloud.

Imagine for example, utilising one or several public clouds to store your archived data, apps or as a platform for your essential system architecture but utilising an internal private cloud for all your sensitive client data which sales reps need to access.

By utilising the public cloud you can harness the cost efficiencies of shared resources, scale as quickly as you need with a predictable cost curve and have confidence that your team will always have access to around the clock support, the capacity they need and the latest software updates.

By utilising the public cloud you can harness the cost efficiencies of shared resources, scale as quickly as you need with a predictable cost curve

Furthermore, as soon as you no longer need the added capacity or services of a particular cloud provider you can scale down, bringing your costs back in line with usage. Simultaneously by using a hybrid cloud setup, you can be managing your internal cloud to maintain system integrity and improving required customisation in line with what your market demands. Thus not only do you have flexibility, but you have solutions which meet your exacting requirements.

By using the public cloud to scale in line with demands as opposed to using a private cloud you can decrease your overheads and save money, allowing you to pass the savings onto your clients to making you more competitive in the market. However, at the same time you can give your clients the confidence to know their data is at all times handled on your internal database only.

2013, the year for Hybrid Clouds

Although corporate Australia has – as a generalisation – been relatively slow in adopting the cloud and hybrid cloud platforms, 2013 is likely to see rapid growth. This will be driven by the increasing proliferation of local and overseas solutions (offering everything from Platform as a Service, through to Infrastructure as a Service), better customisation modules and a shift towards “single sign on” protocols. Of course, there is still some trailblazing to be undertaken, however, early pioneers who plan smartly and who set themselves up with consideration for their ongoing requirements will benefit and streak ahead. Those who don’t well, perhaps business evolution will come to you a different way.

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