What’s the Hybrid Cloud Buzz About?

What’s the Hybrid Cloud Buzz About?

Hybrid cloud, a computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party public cloud services, signals a shift away from massive hardware structures and toward more software-based infrastructures. The shift is fundamental; it’s no exaggeration to say that the core differentiator for a successful business now rests on its IT infrastructure agility.

Why is everyone everywhere talking about hybrid cloud? Because leveraging a hybrid cloud framework for infrastructure is one of the best steps businesses can take to be digital. A hybrid cloud environment gives you the ability to quickly respond to rapid growth and new business demands by combining the security afforded by private cloud with the scalability of public cloud. 

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When is hybrid cloud useful then? 

  • With a hybrid cloud environment, neither the IT department or the business are locked into one solution or another. It also allows them to use a broader mix of IT services.
  • Sensitive and critical workloads can be hosted in the private cloud, while an external public cloud provider can be used to host the less-critical workloads.
  • Hybrid cloud can be used for dynamic or changeable workloads to handle computing demand spikes; the application can be run in the private cloud and when additional resources are needed you turn to the public cloud.
  • Big data processing needs, and analytics capabilities, are also strong reasons to go for hybrid cloud; while the hybrid cloud storage can host company data, the analytical processing can be run in the public cloud.  

Already, 32% of IT infrastructure and application workloads are hosted in a hybrid cloud setup, according to our study The Future of IT Infrastructure (based on interviews with more than 1,000 senior IT executives across industries in 18 countries). 

What do they hope to achieve? A hybrid cloud environment is a response to the fact that, in order to keep up with customer demands and innovation pace, today’s IT infrastructure needs to become agile, responsive, flexible, secure, scalable and simple to manage. No wonder that hybrid cloud is on everyone’s agenda, and according to our research 45% of the IT infrastructure and application workloads will be hosted in a hybrid cloud setup by 2020.

If you'd like to learn more about hybrid cloud, check out these previous blogposts: Mainframes: A Legacy To Discard Or A Key Asset For Core Modernization?Core Pillars in Your Hybrid Cloud Migration Roadmap, and Forrester’s 4 Questions to Ask Before Adopting Hybrid Cloud.