Migrating company IT services to the cloud can seem like a daunting task. Even with the cost savings and ease of administration that cloud services offer, moving away from internal storage and applications can give IT managers pause.
The transition does not have to be accomplished all at once, however. This week, we'll discuss cloud computing, enterprise apps, and how to begin taking advantage of them.
A hybrid cloud is a combination of both private infrastructure and public cloud systems. An organization can maintain data security by keeping critical apps and data inside the company firewall. At the same time, some services can be moved to a hosted provider. For example, CRM and database applications can stay in-house while email is managed by a hosting provider.
Each organization needs to adopt a management strategy for the effective implementation of the hybrid cloud. It needs to cover security, configuration management, change control, fault management, and budgeting.
One of the prime challenges while deploying a hybrid cloud solution is to minimize the design differences between the public and private pieces. This makes management of all services much simpler and eases integration down the line as more services move to the cloud.
The obvious selling point of cloud computing is that it saves the excessive purchase cost of server hardware. In the same vein, computing power and storage space can be ramped up or down very quickly as projects come and go. One need never pay for more power than one is using.
Another benefit of adopting the hybrid cloud is that one need not replace existing IT infrastructure completely. The hybrid option allows utilizing public clouds immediately to enhance capacity and scalability required to accomplish any specific changes to the organizational infrastructure.
Hybrid cloud computing has an added advantage of providing improved security over the purely public cloud. For some business enterprises, migration to a complete public cloud may not be the appropriate option due to regulatory or compliance issues. In such situations the hybrid cloud acts as the perfect option, providing cost effectiveness and flexibility. It still retains compliance data behind a company’s firewall while leveraging all the advantages of the cloud for other information.
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