The Rise of Hybrid Cloud Systems

What can a hybrid cloud system provide your company? The sky's the limit!

The increasing popularity of cloud computing is marked by the number of businesses who are transitioning to the cloud. However, making the transition to the cloud has its own set of hurdles that can make it difficult for some businesses to make the cloud work for them.

In these cases, many businesses find it helpful to run hybrid versions of cloud computing.

Why are businesses transitioning?

For the most part, cost is driving many of these transitions—specifically, the need to minimize internal expenditure and maximize profits. For most businesses, the simplest way to reduce costs is by spending less on business technology needs, including: software, networking, hardware and storage (for starters). Moving these aspects to the cloud is one way to reduce costs.

In addition to being able to reduce costs in the cloud, hybrid cloud services are being adopted as companies are learning that cloud has become better in terms of flexibility, security, availability and overall cost of running the environment.

What is a hybrid system, you ask? A hybrid cloud system is when your company hosts some of their data on location, while other data is hosted off-site in a cloud data server. Experts suggest that the number of companies employing hybrid cloud systems could triple by 2018.

How do you know what cloud service is best for you?

As the exodus to the cloud continues, businesses who had never previously considered the cloud are now beginning to question if it could work for their business model.

There are several types of cloud systems you can choose from when setting one up for your company. These include: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Each has their own pros and cons. Here's a brief overview of each:

•  SaaS

These systems give companies complete application access. This includes collaborative services (i.e. messaging, task and calendar management, and document sharing), enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management (CRM). Additionally, you can also add backup and disaster recovery and storage.

•  PaaS

PaaS systems allow you to run development tools and take advantage of runtime for customs apps. Businesses who provide IT products and services most often use this cloud system.

•  IaaS

IaaS systems allow business to access shared/dedicated systems, thus giving them the option to have full applications hosted in the cloud data center.

Hybrid Cloud Solutions Allow for Custom Pricing

The most frequently discussed aspect of transitioning to the cloud involves price. However, what some companies are only beginning to consider is that by transitioning to the cloud, your company can cut costs and put money back in your pockets.

By migrating workloads into the cloud, companies no longer need to expand their physical business (i.e. make room for servers, purchase new, faster computers capable of handling the loads, etc.). By adopting a hybrid cloud system, your company only needs to invest in power, RAM and data storage space – all of which is significantly less expensive than hardware and onsite computer systems.

Moreover, employing a hybrid cloud versus a traditional cloud means that companies have the ability to purchase only what they need and customize it specifically for their company. This gives them a measure of control over what the cost will look like.

‘Rome Wasn't Built in a Day:' Designing a Hybrid Cloud Takes Time

The more advanced hybrid cloud system a business wants, the more time it will take to construct it correctly—but putting in the time and effort is worth it! The technologies behind hybrid clouds have become highly sophisticated. Additionally, they offer more options than ever before. These options include everything from new software providers and more infrastructure options to advanced disaster recovery and bare metal and virtual server – in other words, pretty much anything a business could need to run successfully.

Learn more about cloud computing by visiting the Innovative Architects knowledge center and blog. If you need assistance during your transition, feel free to contact us today and we can help you to get started.