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The analysts are all singing its praises. With the levels of elasticity it can provide, hybrid cloud computing is looking to be an increasingly popular choice, whatever the business model.
If you work in IT today, you just can’t get away from hybrid cloud computing. Market analysts are literally falling over themselves to wax lyrical about its inexorable rise. Research firm MarketsandMarkets estimated the industry will be worth a staggering $85 billion by 2019.
So what’s the big deal? And is it something your business could benefit from?
As the name suggests, hybrid cloud computing involves a mixture of public and private deployments, with certain resources managed in-house and others by a third party provider. This allows firms to enhance security and regulatory compliance on the one hand, and the cost savings and flexibility on the other.
Here are just some of the benefits already being realised by enterprises across Europe:
So how do you know if hybrid’s the model for you? Well, you’ll need a private cloud setup, for starters. That is a basic requirement. Other questions to ask are whether your current datacentre is nearing full capacity; whether your requirements for compute power are particularly elastic; and if legacy systems mean key apps can’t be migrated to the public cloud.
If the answer to some or all of these is in the affirmative, it could well be time to start thinking about a hybrid cloud setup.