The global hybrid cloud market was valued at $52 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach $145 billion in 2026. The APAC region is expected to grow at the highest rate, while North America held the highest share. Cloud is showing up, and dominating, almost everywhere. Did you know that:
- By 2025, there will be over 100 zettabytes of data stored in the cloud, and the total global data storage will exceed 200 zettabytes of data.
- Cloud data centers will process 94 percent of all workloads in 2021.
- The largest data center in the world, Citadel, covers 1.3 million square feet, with eight separate data center structures and over 7.2 million square feet of server space upon completion.
With all this data and increasing business needs, hybrid cloud is becoming the solution of choice for enterprises interested in ease of management, longevity and simplicity of management.
What is Hybrid Cloud?
Predictably, hybrid cloud is a mix of public and private cloud, both widely in use across the world in almost every environment. Hybrid Cloud has many of the same elements found in public and private, but has a few surprising elements of its own, that many are finding better meet their expectations and needs.
Businesses with a need for or focus on network security often choose to keep their on-premises infrastructure, and use cloud to host less critical data and resources. Hybrid cloud creates a seamless, secure and easy to manage environment for users and administrators, with ultimate flexibility. Using multiple deployment models, for example, means confidential data can be moved safely from a private environment to approved devices running on the cloud. Organizations have the flexibility to decide where their data and resources are stored, and how much security they need – all this with simplicity of management.
It’s easy to see why hybrid cloud is the solution of choice, so let’s explore 7 reasons why hybrid cloud is the future of cloud computing.
1. Great Accessibility & Disaster Recovery
Before hybrid cloud, disaster recovery and back-ups were a huge expense for organizations, who needed to physically store the data in energy and space consuming data centers. Now, less critical resources are stored on the public cloud, while more sensitive data is allocated to a safe, private cloud space. You pay for what you use, and are able to restore your company after a disaster, be it ransomware or natural disaster, quickly and easily. And always remember, with hybrid cloud, storage and computing costs are low, while availability stays high.
2. Streamline day-to-day functionality
Customer and business needs change daily, meaning you must be agile to keep up with business needs. Hybrid cloud is great for making quick changes as needed, without the need for any type of shut down or even slow-down. With the right cloud provider, migration of data between environments, VMs or containers is done with a single button, meaning IT teams are more efficient, and users have the best, most consistent experience.
3. Easy Sharing Without Sacrificing Privacy
Network security should be front-of-mind for all enterprise, after all the huge attacks in 2021. Hybrid cloud means there is no need to sacrifice privacy to allow access to sensitive information. Multi-tenant cloud separates applications and resources, and can be further isolated with VLANs and encryption. Hospitals love hybrid cloud for the easy, secure and private access to personal and patient information.
4. Better Control & Management of Big Data Analytics
Did you know that poor data quality costs the United States economy $3.1 trillion yearly? Or that users create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily? Data is vital to organizations, and worth a lot! Hybrid cloud is perfect for quick and easy storage. Cloud works well with big data because it’s flexible and scalable, and offers the same computing power as traditional infrastructure.
Growth doesn’t need to be expensive. Hybrid cloud solutions allow you to scale up in increments, without needing to invest time and money in the purchase and deployment of new infrastructure elements and the storage to go with it.
6. Improve Customer Experience
Customers want and expect fast services in today’s digital, eCommerce-centric environment. Enterprises need to be able to respond to customers quickly, and track their experience to develop better products and services. When all information is readily available to all the employees who need it, but it remains entirely secure, you are fully equipped to offer a great customer experience.
7. Future-Proof Your Business
Hybrid cloud is the perfect cloud environment for the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. IT needs change daily, and the flexibility of hybrid cloud allows for future innovations that a rigid infrastructure can’t possibly support. For example, consider the relationship between hybrid cloud and a hyper-converged infrastructure.
What is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is becoming a critical component for enterprises who need a simplified, consolidated and easy to manage hardware platform with more simplicity, efficiency and agility – in short, the same needs that drove you to hybrid cloud. As detailed in Paul Nashawaty’s article, “Modernized HCI Data Protection Practices Lead To Digital Transformation,” there were several predictions that came through over the past year, apparently pandemic-proof. We’ve seen HCI enable:
- Migrate existing workloads
- Understand the impact of migrating your existing hypervisor
- Leverage native file and block services
- Expand the data center to the edge
- Set up native cloud disaster recovery
HCI combines compute, virtualization, storage, and networking into a single cluster, starting with three nodes. It is easily scaled out as needed for business requirements, and provides simplicity of management for your network environment.
For more information on what your industry peers are using for their hyperconverged vendors, check with a reputable company like Gartner. The most interesting and ground-breaking businesses are using the latest and most powerful, intelligent tools, and replacing the legacy IT. It’s legacy for a reason, and it’s time to step into the future with hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is the ultimate solution for flexibility, speed, power and security – all combined!