Digital Transformation: Hybrid Cloud Architecture

In the preceding two installments we examined upgrading legacy infrastructure and the role of data. In part III of this series we will elaborate on the adoption of a hybrid cloud environment.

As many already know, the cloud is a vast network of remote physical or virtual servers around the globe which are connected together and designed to operate as a single ecosystem. The advantage of the cloud is that it allows you to access your files and data on any internet capable device and collaborate on the same document with colleagues or friends in distant locations.

Cloud adoption has and will continue to accelerate over the next few years. The IDC predicts that by 2021, enterprise spending on cloud services and cloud enabling hardware, software and services will more than double to over $530 billion.

Selecting the correct cloud environment for your organization will be crucial. If not chosen carefully issues may arise such as egress fees, data lock-in, service latency and compliance and control concerns. The solution to these potential obstacles is the adoption of a hybrid cloud model.

A hybrid cloud merges the benefits of the private and public cloud. It allows the high security features of a private cloud merged with the fast connection and easy-to-access features of the public cloud.

Additionally, with encrypted data allocation organizations in industries such as medicine, finance, insurance, law or public service can share sensitive data with external parties while still maintaining adherence to statutory privacy laws. These industries are often required to archive data for several years. Utilizing the private component of the hybrid model, organizations can store this information in a secure location with the data readily available when needed. Egress fees can be avoided, and the data can rapidly be shared through the public cloud with your clients, the general public or everyday users when necessary.

The public cloud component of the hybrid model offers cost-effective IT resources without sustaining capital expenditures. Service options can be conveniently downgraded, re-situated and easily scaled when demanded, increasing efficiency and bypassing unnecessary expenses.

Hybrid cloud architecture offers organizations the secure access of on-premises resources while also having the rapid scale and elasticity of the public cloud.

In our final post of this series we will highlight the merging of business and IT teams.