Harnessing the power of the cloud technology has divided its target market up to the present time. People are still torn as to which way to go: on-premise or on-cloud. LogicMonitor’s Cloud survey has it that out of their 300 respondents composed of influencers in the IT industry, 27% say that 95% of all workloads will run in the cloud by 2020. This just show how the cloud became as a trusted platform for most of workflows and at the same time the subject of skepticism.
Inevitable it is that frictions such as these in the tech realm still thrive. Good thing, experts equipped with the debated technology itself have ways to make everybody happy. Serving both the believers of on-premise and on-cloud hosting is their middle point: The Hybrid Cloud.
What is a Hybrid Cloud?
Simply put: it is a cross between on-premise (private cloud) and on-cloud (public cloud). It allows data and applications transcend across on-premise and on-cloud platforms to maximize deployment options and cater more workloads. Conventionally, the on-cloud aspect of a hybrid cloud is used to host high-volume applications with demands for lower-security needs like web-based emails. The on-premise portion caters more sensitive data and business-crucial workflows such as financial reporting.
Advantages of Hybrid Cloud
There are lots of capabilities that the hybrid cloud possesses if compared to public and private clouds. It has promised the following advantages:
- Control – since it has two sides of the coin, a hybrid cloud allows you to tend a private infrastructure for your business-critical data and apps. This presents you to a relief as your data is stored in a local server that can be harnessed for greater versatility.
- Flexibility – and when the on-premise capabilities run out, you can always take additional resources from the other half of the hybrid—the on-cloud. Internet of Things (IoT), Business Intelligence, and machine learning are just some of these resources that you can add up to your on-premise usage.
- Cost-effectiveness – since scaling to public cloud is an available option, you only get to pay for those extra computing power whenever needed. This has brought the pay-as-you-go pricing transcend as well to different environments.
- Ease – because the transition shouldn’t be that overwhelming as it can be done little by little.
This has proven true by the figures mentioned in the State of the Hybrid Cloud 2018, a Microsoft survey. Out of their 1700 respondents from mid-market to enterprise-sized companies, 88% say that hybrid cloud gives them better IT infrastructure; 86% say it allows users to use important technologies; 82% say it improves consistency; an 85% see it as an essential to a digital strategy.
Hybrid cloud marries the two opposing sides of the story. With it tying up private and private clouds, a whole new perspective emerges. A perspective enough to neutralize what has been debated by consumers for years now, nudging the very minute details hindering to conclude which way to go: on-premise or on-cloud.
Half minded to go cloud-based because of cyberthreats? Skeptic about on-premise capabilities to host, store, and derive data? Go for a hybrid cloud. It harnesses the capabilities of both worlds… or even better.
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