Many of the regulated firms we work with are recognising the hybrid cloud benefits that help them maintain IT systems that meet their exacting requirements.
Cloud computing continues to dominate today’s IT landscape. Forbes have predicted that 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020, an impressive figure when you consider firms’ initial hesitance to place key IT services in the cloud. But what is the right cloud infrastructure for you? Public, private, and hybrid cloud services all come with their own advantages, and what’s right for one firm may not be right for another.
At MMRIT we believe there are a number of hybrid cloud benefits that make a compelling argument for regulated firms to consider adoption. In this blog post we’ll take you through six key advantages of hybrid cloud deployments.
Six Hybrid Cloud Benefits
As cloud services have evolved, many firms have seen their adoption concerns allayed as security, performance, and uptime have improved. But that doesn’t mean you should necessarily go ahead and transition all of your server services across to Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services.
For some time now, MMRIT have provisioned hybrid cloud services for our financial, legal, and professional services customers. Here are six hybrid cloud benefits that these firms have seen:
- Control Your Data. Hybrid cloud allows you to host key server services like email and CRM in the cloud, whilst retaining your most sensitive data on an onsite server. This gives you control over your data that can’t be achieved with a pure public cloud solution.
- Cost Efficiency. Many people will tell you that public cloud services are more cost effective than private cloud or locally hosted services. This may be true in some instances, but for most firms with exacting security requirements public cloud costs the same – if not slightly more – than the alternatives. Hybrid cloud enables you to balance the relative costs and achieve the optimum cost efficiency for your deployment.
- Scalability. Anyone who has maintained local server services knows that scalability can be an issue. By extending your environment into a public or private cloud infrastructure, you can reap the benefits of the cloud by easily and quickly adding users and services on demand.
- Retain Legacy Services. Many firms maintain legacy applications that can’t be transitioned across to a cloud infrastructure. This isn’t ideal, but a hybrid cloud environment will allow you to retain legacy services onsite whilst utilising emerging technology through the public or private cloud.
- Disaster Recovery. One of the key advantages of a hybrid cloud environment is disaster recovery. Maintaining all of your services in the cloud puts you totally in the hands of your service provider in the event of a disaster. By building failover capabilities into your hybrid cloud environment, you can flip your key cloud-based services over to your local server in the event of an issue at the data centre.
- Service Continuity. With a hybrid cloud solution, you have the ability to run your systems entirely from your local infrastructure if required. In the event that your public or private cloud provider encounters severe operational difficulties, or faces insolvency, you will be able to continue to operate independently from your local server estate.
Proven Hybrid Cloud Environments
MMRIT have a strong track record of provisioning and maintaining cloud environments that meet our customers’ security, uptime, performance, and functionality requirements. Are you looking to review your IT infrastructure provisioning? Get in touch with us to see how we can help.