2019 will see a stark increase in the number of businesses deploying cloud services and solutions into their IT infrastructure to safely store their company data. According to KPMG, investment in platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will grow from 32% in 2016 to 56% in 2019, making it the fastest growing sector of cloud platforms.
We’ll also see businesses turning to inter-connected clouds for their data storage and preparing their architectures for running applications across all three resources: public, private and hybrid cloud.
Why all three cloud types? An inter-connected or hybrid cloud strategy offers incredible benefits and allows businesses to mix and match services to choose the best blend for their unique needs. Businesses use cloud hosting because it is secure, seamless and streamlined.
An inter-connected cloud approach is an excellent way to achieve these objectives while avoiding single-vendor lock-in and remaining flexible and adaptable.
1) Better ROI
A hybrid-cloud strategy maximises investments. The customer pays for exactly how much storage they use and retain the autonomy to pick and choose services to suit a wide range of business functions. Hybrid- cloud gives the consumer the power to use the cloud exactly how they want and search for competitive pricing when they so choose.
2) Reduced Latency
Latency is inevitable if cloud services are based-in far-flung data centres. But a hybrid-cloud infrastructure distributes data efficiently, leaving some data on-premises and placing some into cloud storage. Businesses can access their mission-critical data and apps in an instant and support international expansion and overall growth.
3) Improved Security
Fear of the cloud stems from losing control of mission-critical apps and databases. The common myth is that only a single private cloud can provide sufficient security.
Hybrid-cloud dispels this as businesses choose which parts of the infrastructure to keep private and which can be hosted in a flexible public cloud. 3 out of 4 IT and business executives have become more confident in cloud security in the past 2 years.
4) Improved Resilience
Increasing the size of their 'cloud footprint' can reduce the risk of downtime and protect enterprises from outages and bandwidth problems. Running everything in a single environment leaves them with no failover in case of a data disaster, while an inter-connected cloud strategy reduces the risk of data loss or downtime.
5) Avoid Single-Platform Lock-In
Cloud computing is only flexible if organisations retain control of data and workloads. As more workloads are moving to the cloud, businesses are discovering that a single brand of technology may not offer everything needed. Look for a managed services provider who is ‘tech- agnostic’ to find the best mix of services regardless of platform.
Our expert team has designed and deployed hybrid cloud solutions for businesses in every sector, from education and financial services to healthcare, retail and manufacturing.