Hybrid cloud offers both on premise cloud and all cloud

Bridging the Cloud Divide

Businesses can get the much-needed flexibility and agility in the infrastructure with a multi-cloud approach

Brisk cloud adoption is a positive move. Globally, businesses are increasingly migrating their workloads to the cloud. However, businesses are still grappling with the challenge of finding the best-fit for their unique business need—whether to opt for on-premise, public, or hybrid cloud.

Driven by Business Objectives

Each approach has its own set of benefits and challenges, which makes it even more difficult for businesses to find the right fit. Today’s businesses need flexibility given the rising need for mobility, primarily driven by data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Therefore, it is imperative that the choice is business-driven rather than technology-driven as that may limit the prospects according to what the technology can and cannot provide.

Since business objectives respond to market fluctuations, they are dynamic. Businesses cannot afford to get stuck with infrastructure that does not respond to the changing needs of the business. They must be able to adapt and move the applications and workloads quickly. Agility is key to today’s digital businesses, else they run the risk of losing the competitive edge.

Get the Best

The hybrid cloud environment offers the best of both the worlds—on-premise and all-cloud. While it may sound easy, deployment of hybrid cloud comes with its own set of challenges. Primarily because most of the enterprise applications still run on-premise. Similarly, web applications are usually built and run in the cloud. As a result migrating applications from on-premise to cloud for the former and vice versa for the latter—seamlessly—is tricky. Add to this the divergent features and APIs for the two cloud options, and we are talking migrations that can cause severe headaches—downtime being number one. Growing volumes of data compound the problem as they further complicate the infrastructural needs in terms of storage, security, and analysis.

To address this dilemma and prevent businesses from compromising on the potential benefits of cloud adoption, modern solutions are now available. Businesses can build private clouds on-premise (or hosted), run applications seamlessly both on-premise and in public cloud, and protect data with innovative data-protection techniques.

Businesses can now gear up to realize the maximum benefits of multi-cloud without compromising on the flexibility and agility of the infrastructure.

The article has been written by Neetu Katyal, Content and Marketing Consultant

She can be reached here.

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