Cloud is witnessing hyper growth. Forrester Research has predicted that the Cloud market will reach $191 billion by 2020. Clearly, Cloud and Cloud computing applications will play a game changing role in shaping the growth of businesses going forward. One of the reasons behind this exponential growth of the Cloud market is the host of benefits that it offers, especially to small and niche players which include:
- Access to a dynamically scalable environment
- Delivery of quality services at a lower cost
- Development of apps in hours instead of weeks or months
- Flexibility to meet fluctuating business demands
- Robust disaster recovery saving downtime and data loss
And with Hybrid Cloud, businesses have far more options within the Cloud space itself. Whether they want to get rid of all of their ageing on-premise IT infrastructure or retain some of them – Hybrid Cloud offers the best of both worlds (mix of on-premises, Private Cloud and Third-party, Public Cloud services). For example, businesses are wary of Public Cloud because it raises concerns about data security issues. But with the Hybrid Cloud model, sensitive and highly-confidential information can be separated and stored securely in private Cloud space. Let’s see in little more detail why Hybrid Cloud solutions will be the game changer for next-gen enterprises:
Flexibility is the key to business growth.
Hybrid Cloud enables businesses to develop tailor-made solutions to suit their requirements. With this solutions, expensive and high-maintenance on-premises infrastructure will become a part of the stone age. Instead, businesses can instantly access all the resources and servers they need.
Next-gen enterprises will want to scale up quickly to meet high levels of demand and don’t pay when the business is dull and lean. Moreover, the requirement for services keeps varying. Using hybrid services mean next-gen enterprises have the full flexibility of different Cloud services like public, private and on-premises solutions. This will give them the flexibility to move their workload wherever they want to as per computing needs and cost considerations.
Looking beyond cost savings.
Next-gen enterprises will have to look beyond cost savings. Cost efficiencies are no longer the sole criterion for moving to Hybrid Cloud anymore. In fact, many businesses are not moving to Cloud to reduce costs in the first place. Rather, it’s more about improving operational efficiencies. A classic example is when businesses adopt Hybrid Cloud not to save unnecessary capital investment but to get access to more in-house infrastructure and technology. Business need not hire any specialist, and yet can enjoy the latest cutting-edge services.
Another additional benefit of Hybrid Cloud is the ability to render quick software development process. Gartner has already predicted that main motivation for deploying Hybrid Cloud solutions in the future will be agility, not cost savings.
Visibility and control go hand in hand together.
Having complete visibility and full control on all the business’s resources is a key business imperative. Hybrid Cloud solutions leverage automation and intelligent scripting to deploy simplified Cloud management portal.
What is more, the next-gen enterprises will have strong digital presence (social media, e-commerce, mobile, etc.). They will need greater visibility to keep tabs on several platforms. Since Hybrid Cloud is open by design, next-gen enterprises will have the freedom to move data and applications where they need them. This indicates that by adopting Hybrid Cloud solution, next-gen enterprises are going to have full control on the entire business operations. Tracking becomes easier, and problems can be addressed straightaway.
Customization gives competitive advantage to business.
Every business is unique. Next-gen business will require add-ons with a little tweaking to suit their business demands.
Whether it is data networking, security boost or integrating apps with services – customization is going to be a key differentiator. To support the workload on connected devices, to ensure capacity and efficiency, and to secure data; next-gen enterprises will most likely need mix and match Hybrid solutions to get the most out of their infrastructure. Hybrid Cloud solutions are also most helpful when businesses have different hosting needs, each one with unique requirement.
For businesses to stay competitive, scalability, agility and speed are the key factors. Workload has to be portable, data sharing must be more seamless and secure, and collaboration must be easier and impactful. Hybrid Cloud solutions can make all these happen. So we are not surprised at all when Gartner predicts that almost half of large enterprises will have deployed Hybrid Clouds by the end of 2017.