As businesses are bracing for the long-term impact of Covid-19 one thing is becoming apparent: the ever-growing importance and reliance on the cloud. The sudden shift of millions of people worldwide switching to remote working has only been made possible thanks to the cloud. From collaborative tools such as Zoom, Slack, Skype and Microsoft Teams to cloud-based telephony systems, businesses are taking advantage of a range of services the cloud provides.
In a Snow Software survey, they asked 250 IT leaders around the world about their cloud adoption plans. Of those:
- 82% said they had increased their cloud usage as a result of the pandemic
- A further 60% saying that they had continued to see growth in their off-premise technologies since the start of the outbreak
Why hybrid cloud over other clouds?
One thing that we have witnessed since this surge in cloud usage is a number of high profile outages; Microsoft Azure put their March outage down to Covid-19-related surge in traffic. As a result of these outages, businesses are wary of putting all their eggs in one basket with a single vendor, instead they are adopting a hybrid cloud strategy.
Combining aspects of colocation, public cloud and private cloud reduces the risk of a total system failure. Hybrid cloud achieves optimum performance with high availability, reliability, and enhanced security for compliance with ever-changing regulations.
IDC (International Data Corporation) has predicted that over 90% of enterprises globally will be utilising a combination of in-house environments, with multiple public and private clouds by 2022. This multi-cloud approach allows for businesses to optimise their IT infrastructure spend whilst reducing risk.
As lockdown restrictions ease globally, the increase in hybrid cloud adoption won't slow, since businesses recognise the way in which we work has changed permanently. Further insights from the Snow Software survey found that:
- 66% of people stated that they would continue to increase their cloud usage for the foreseeable future
- Only 22% saw their cloud usage level-off after the initial spike
- 76% said that their private and public cloud spending would continue to increase
The benefits of hybrid cloud
With the hybrid cloud approach slowly becoming a key part of every digital transformation strategy, we have outlined some of the key benefits:
Being able to adapt smoothly and rapidly is a key part of any business, now more than ever. Leveraging the public cloud, private cloud, and on-premise resources provides the agility needed for a competitive advantage.
2. Security (and regulatory compliance)
With hybrid cloud, businesses are able to choose where to store their data based on compliance, policy, or security requirements.
A hybrid cloud’s centralised management allows a business to implement strong security measures such as orchestration, end-point security, access control and encryption in order to manage risk effectively.
3. Business continuity
By designing a resilient platform encompassing different technologies for different systems, hybrid cloud models improve business continuity and reduce the risk of downtime and related costs.
4. Tailored design
No two businesses are the same. By utilising a hybrid cloud model, businesses can design a solution suitable for their needs and ambitions, utilising different systems and technologies that are suited for different workloads. Finding a suitable partner to help with the design and on-going management of the multiple environments is key.
Working with a data centre to build your hybrid cloud
Hybrid cloud should be a reliable, resilient, and secure IT platform that supports your entire company. Having at least some of your private hardware or cloud platform in a data centre will help deliver on this criteria thanks to data centres’ sophisticated infrastructure.
If you’re planning on building a new hybrid cloud, consider which parts of your system could benefit from the redundancies and 24/7/365 monitoring that data centres provide. Learn more about the cloud solutions data centres offer, or get in touch if you would like to talk to one of our experts to get some advice on what would work best for your company.