Hybrid cloud: the key to realising business advantage
25 June 2018
Hybrid cloud opens the door to a wealth of business advantages that will keep enterprises ahead of their competition.
Advances in technology mean that businesses need to stay one step ahead if they want a leg up on their competition – and one way to do this is through the adoption of hybrid cloud. The hybrid cloud model provides the best of both worlds. It combines the security and control of a dedicated on-premises infrastructure or private cloud, with the flexibility and scalability of the public cloud.
A primary driver of hybrid cloud adoption is the flexibility it offers companies looking to activate their digital transformation. By fostering growth and cost savings, enabling innovation, improving user experience and ensuring security and compliance, cloud environments enable businesses to go digital and achieve competitive advantages that couldn’t be attained before.
New revenue streams and innovation
Delivering good digital business experiences to employees and customers requires enterprises to be able to provide custom applications at the speed of innovation. To do this, applications need to be able to take advantage of the cloud while also seamlessly integrating with existing on-premises IT assets.
Enter hybrid cloud. These environments enable applications to connect with the native capabilities in whatever environment they are run in. Applications in the cloud can take advantage of on-premises capabilities, and applications on-premises can take advantage of new cloud capabilities.
By linking cloud-based systems with their trusted legacy systems, businesses can innovate, develop and deploy new applications in real time, allowing them to easily expand into new industries, create new revenue streams and invent new business models, that all ultimately add to the bottom line.
Fostering growth and cost savings
As businesses are able to spend more time innovating, whether it be a new product or internal business process, they will need to scale, and scale quickly. But for these growing companies, scaling on-premises infrastructure is expensive and time consuming, and to make it cost effective, businesses would have to have accurate growth predictions, which is a big challenge.
For example, an online retail business sees more traffic during the holidays. Building capacity for this peak load is important to ensure the retailer can meet the demand – however, during the doldrums of the summer months, the added capacity goes to waste, which can add up costs quite quickly. Organisations need the ability to easily scale up for demand and scale back down when the peak is finished, but it’s difficult to predict what exactly that looks like, not to mention that this capability is hard to achieve with traditional legacy systems.
Hybrid cloud environments give organisations unlimited resources on demand, enabling them to scale up and down as necessary, and allowing them to grow and change at the speed of demand while still remaining in control of their on-premises infrastructure.
Improving user experience
The cost of a bad user experience can make or break a company’s digital success, as it impacts both internal and external users. A company’s internal workforce is increasingly dependent on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud services, so sub-par performance affects their ability to work productively, while external customers depend on the online services that businesses offer, which can constitute the bulk of its revenue and brand value.
Many enterprises are continuously building up their control and expertise to deliver better user experiences. As part of that, leveraging a hybrid cloud environment allows select workloads to take advantage of new technologies faster without impacting traditional systems, and businesses can better deliver a quality digital experience that keeps internal productivity going while ensuring a reliable user experience that’ll keep customers coming back to spend money.
These days, a top concern for businesses is security and data protection. And as the number of data breaches continues to rise, and as business demands shift from local to global, businesses must prioritise protecting their customers’ data as well as their own, while also meeting various regulations such as GDPR.
Because hybrid cloud environments allow businesses to keep their data local while using a cloud for global expansion of the business, it allows businesses to determine the best security mix for their data.
Hybrid cloud is more than just technology – it’s about positioning your business to be as competitive as possible. The flexibility of a hybrid approach opens the door to a wealth of business advantages, from driving innovation and new revenue streams to enabling growth and cost efficiencies, delivering better experiences and improved security. Data centre co-location can help businesses realise the many benefits of hybrid cloud, as it provides the best environment to ensure high-quality connectivity between on-premises infrastructure and private and public clouds.
Now is the time for enterprises to capitalise on these business advantages that will keep them ahead of the competition.
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by Bill Fenick, Vice President of Enterprise, Interxion