The pressure on IT is greater than ever, as business value threatens to be lost amid the complexity and inefficiency of traditional data centre environments. A Managed Cloud Service promises to overcome these challenges, and hybrid cloud aims to deliver on that promise by creating a flexible, responsive and cost-effective IT environment that drives the business forward, rather than holding it back.
When the going gets tough…
Enterprises face some pretty tough IT challenges today – and they’re not about to get any easier. It’s hard to manage complex infrastructures and multiple data siloes on limited budgets. And delivering the sort of agile IT environment that can keep up with rapidly changing business needs is harder still.
As massive data growth, increasing user demands and fierce competition combine to put enormous pressure on already overloaded IT environments, the cloud starts to look like a very attractive proposition. The cloud offers a more flexible, scalable and cost-effective alternative to traditional IT environments, especially as the maturing cloud market is now putting to rest many of the old security concerns.
Changing the economics of enterprise IT
Many organisations now see public and private clouds as vital pieces of the IT puzzle, operating them alongside traditional data centre environments in a ‘hybrid cloud’.
In this way, they can take advantage of a near-limitless compute resource pool, available at a moment’s notice, while keeping their most sensitive data in-house. The economics are compelling: combining fixed private cloud and traditional IT resources for workloads where demand is relatively consistent, and on-demand public cloud resources for workloads with peaks and troughs in compute requirements. It’s far more cost-effective (and manageable) than wasting time and money on constantly adding more in-house capacity (and complexity) to meet variable levels of demand.
A winning combination
We’re seeing organisations experience a whole range of benefits by adopting a hybrid approach:
- Business agility: The scalability and flexibility that come from having access to almost infinite resources free the organisation from the limitations of its own hardware.
- Balance costs and security: Organisations can strike the right balance between taking advantage of public cloud economies of scale and retaining sensitive data and applications in the data centre.
- Get the best technology, fast: Instead of waiting months to procure, configure, test, integrate and deploy innovative new technology, organisations can spin up whatever they need quickly – without any of the management headaches.
- Greater efficiency: The best hybrid clouds offer an advanced level of standardisation and automation that can transform the delivery of efficient, consistent, high-quality IT services.
Get your step-by-step guide to hybrid cloud success
Our new guide takes a look at some of the key reasons for moving to a hybrid cloud and outlines the steps you need to take to ensure your journey to hybrid is a successful one.
Download your copy of 8 Steps to Cloud 9 whitepaper today to learn:
- How to tell if you’re ready for hybrid – and what to do if you’re not
- The most important things to remember when you’re building your business case
- Why it’s critical to define outcomes before you even think about solutions
- How an open cloud will deliver the most business value
- And much more!
And if you’d like to find out more about how we can help you create a flexible, cost-effective and secure hybrid cloud, get in touch with one of our cloud-building experts on 01635 295650, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.