Forecasts for IT spending showed increases of 20% in 2021 and this looks set to continue as more and more businesses seek to modernise IT infrastructure and systems. The hybrid cloud is increasingly the solution of choice for CIOs and CTOs keen to improve productivity and efficiency and boost performance and competitiveness – and the best option for swiftly modernising IT.
HOW IS THE HYBRID CLOUD MODERNISING IT?
The hybrid cloud is a combination of private and public cloud as well as on-premise infrastructure. There are two approaches that any organisation can take when it comes to using hybrid cloud infrastructure to modernise IT:
- The traditional approach. This is the simplest option and involves transforming areas of existing on-premise infrastructure into the private cloud. New private cloud infrastructure is then connected to the public cloud, such as Google Cloud. This kind of approach performs well in terms of security and compliance and provides more opportunities for enterprises to dynamically adopt new technology.
- A more evolved approach. Hybrid cloud infrastructure can also be established through looking to enhance the portability of applications across cloud environments. The focus is on increasing agility and streamlining costs while boosting competitiveness through tools such as analytics and automation. There are also opportunities to use micro-services architecture designed for specific functionalities.
WHY IS IT INFRASTRUCTURE MODERNISATION VIA THE HYBRID CLOUD BENEFICIAL?
Long-term hybrid cloud adoption has many different benefits that facilitate IT infrastructure modernisation, including:
- Agility and speed. Hybrid models allow for network optimisation and help to minimise latency, making it easier to do anything quickly, whether that is migrating applications or transferring data. This kind of infrastructure also enables greater agility and the use of sophisticated resources such as edge computing.
- A more scalable approach. Private cloud infrastructure can present challenges when it comes to scalability, which is why the hybrid cloud has been such a popular choice for businesses keen to be responsive, especially over the past year. That’s because the hybrid cloud approach offers many of the advantages of the private cloud (such as security) but also the option of leveraging everything the public cloud has to offer.
- Streamlined costs. There may be additional costs to an initial investment in the hybrid cloud. However, in the longer term this is one approach to IT infrastructure that can consistently deliver streamlined costs alongside ongoing modernisation. For example, using the private cloud for critical storage ensures that your business doesn’t have to cover the costs of migrating systems from one vendor to another. Plus, the hybrid cloud offers the kind of scalability, access and security that avoids key future costs, from financial penalties for compliance breaches to the expense of data loss.
Whether you opt for a more traditional approach to hybrid cloud infrastructure or one that focuses on agility and enhancing portability, there are many ways in which this kind of infrastructure has the potential to modernise existing IT within any organisation. Plus, the benefits of adopting the hybrid cloud free up resources and open the door to greater growth.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
To find out how the team here at Servnet can help support and grow your business via the cloud, please visit our ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ page on our website, contact us via email at email@example.com or call us on 0800 987 4111 and speak to one of our specialists about the services we offer.