2020 was a big year for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) public cloud, with 40% growth to $64.3 billion USD
. Gartner Inc. Top Technology Trends for SMBs Survey notes that while a majority of small and medium sized businesses are already using cloud technology, the final third are currently researching how to implement cloud computing solutions in the near future.
When building an optimal cloud strategy, it’s important to consider all your options, and make compromises and adjustments to get the best cloud solution for your particular business. Let’s explore the pros and cons of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions – and why hybrid cloud and Sangfor HCI are the solution of choice for your optimal hybrid strategy.
Cloud is the trend and public cloud takes the lead
Three types of cloud are the go-to for keeping our businesses connected in 2021; Public, private and hybrid. Private cloud can be built or hosted on-premise, and managed internally or by a third-party vendor. With a private cloud, all resources are dedicated to a single customer – you. Public cloud is a cloud service, run by a provider, and serving a range of customers simultaneously using SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform as a service) and IaaS (infrastructure as a service). Hybrid cloud sits between private and public cloud, offering a mix of features from both types of cloud, and often handled by a service provider. Of the three primary types of cloud service available, public cloud is currently leading the market, offering enterprises easy scalability and innovation, agility and state of the art technology.
"Hyperscale providers are continuing to build distributed cloud and edge solutions that extend the public cloud’s reach into private and on-premise locations, addressing the needs of organizations relating to data sovereignty, workload portability and network latency,” said Sid Nag
, research VP at Gartner Inc. “This fact, coupled with reliance on the public cloud by a majority of organizations during the pandemic, drove another year of double digital market growth in 2020."
Public Cloud is fantastic but not omnipotent
No single cloud option works for everyone. It’s simply not a one-size-fits-all market, and shouldn’t be treated like one. When considering implementing your optimal cloud solution, even with public cloud leading the market, consider working with a more hybrid strategy, to ensure your network gets the connectivity, security and scalability it needs for future growth. Even with increased security functions, public cloud is often managed externally, taking the control out of your hands, and often hitting you with surprise costs and network slowdowns.
Why Private & Managed Cloud still matters
There are still uses for private and managed cloud! Managed cloud services often provide better security and backup capacity than in-house IT services, as third-parties have the staff and knowledge to streamline your cloud security. It’s their job to keep up with the most current threat and innovation, taking both the stress and control out of the hands of your IT professionals. Private cloud services are most often deployed in highly regulated verticals like finance or healthcare, or in technology companies or very large organizations that need the most insulated network security scheme. Managed cloud is less expensive to scale, as there is no required investment in hardware, software or human administrators when the business grows. Private cloud simply gave you the maximum amount of control – until now.
The best of both worlds: Hybrid Cloud
Why not take the best elements of both public and private cloud, and implement a hybrid cloud platform? Deloitte projects
that 90% of global enterprises will be going hybrid by 2022, and quoted a second survey predicting that 97% of IT administrators and managers were planning on using two or more clouds, due to compliance and resilience issues. No disrespect to public or private cloud, and all their benefits, but hybrid is clearly the cloud of the future.
Hybrid cloud solutions create a connection between public and private cloud, helping manage spikes in demand or use, and reallocating resources as needed for business. Hybrid cloud makes it easier to move, create and scale workloads or resources between public and private cloud, while it simultaneously ensures assets are safeguarded in the correct areas of the network. Compliance is a final area enabled by hybrid cloud. As data usage and storage regulations shift, a hybrid cloud solution will allow you to easily move data between your private and public cloud, as needed to stay compliant.
Sangfor Hybrid Cloud Vision
Hyperconverged infrastructure solutions have grown in popularity
in conjunction with hybrid cloud for many reasons, the first among them being the simplicity of management and the sophistication of the total environment. Sangfor Hyperconverged Infrastructure
, or HCI, works beautifully with both public and private cloud deployments, providing a low-cost, easy to manage solution which is scalable, efficient, and highly available, even in more complex and remote work environments.
Sangfor HCI is a software-defined system designed to consolidate storage, server, network, computing and management into one, streamlined and space saving design, with more power than a traditional hardware-defined data center, using twice the space, power and manpower.
HCI Features & Capabilities
- Storage virtualization
- High availability
- Integrated backup and recovery
- Ultra-simplified operation and maintenance
- Reduced TCO
- High performance
- NFV Integration
Sangfor HCI helps you tap into the power of hybrid cloud quickly and easily, and promises to be your ultimate solution-of-choice, according to reviews from satisfied and secure customers across the globe. For more information on how to build the best hybrid cloud strategy using hyperconverged infrastructure, contact Sangfor today.