“Hybrid cloud is the de facto state of IT. Two-thirds of organizations that blend traditional and cloud infrastructures are already gaining advantage from their hybrid environments.” Source: Growing Up Hybrid – “Growing Up Hybrid: Accelerating Digital Transformation” IBM Report
Hybrid cloud computing is gaining popularity and traction in the marketplace. “Public, private and hybrid cloud implementations will continue to accelerate in 2017 as CIOs seek to take advantage of the cloud’s economies of scale to build core applications,” writes Clint Boulton in a post for CIO.com. Results from IBM’s report, “Growing Up Hybrid – Accelerating Digital Transformation,” show that 75% of organizations are using some form of cloud technology today. Although commonly used to describe the use of multiple cloud configurations, hybrid IT solutions include more than just cloud technology, encompassing a mix of environments—from traditional to managed hosting to public cloud.
Since hybrid IT solutions aim to solve your specific IT challenges, such as security and scalability, choosing the right combination of technology depends on your requirements for data security, storage, industry compliance, and workloads. Let’s dive into real world examples of how hybrid solutions can help solve your common IT challenges:
Improve Data Security
Your mission-critical systems and private data are most secure with colocation, dedicated hosting, private cloud, and similar isolated virtual environments. These configurations allow you to secure critical assets, mitigate security breaches, and eliminate the risks associated with shared environments. Shared servers and public clouds are more susceptible to threats, like distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and malicious hacking, as they don’t have the proper layers of protection.
Scale with Ease
Unlike traditional hosting solutions (i.e. dedicated servers), hybrid IT infrastructures provide flexible scaling options for you to quickly adapt to changing demands. You can retain your legacy assets and integrate cloud environments that scale up or down in a cost effect manner—without purchasing additional hardware. Even within cloud services, you have many choices to scale at the pace you need, whether it’s on-demand hourly compute on a public cloud or a consistent, dedicated environment on a private cloud.
Control Your Growing Data
Every organization has sensitive data: customer information, statistical data, archives of valuable research, and other business-critical information. The quantity of data a company generates, stores, and processes grows—exponentially—over time, requiring more storage space to access and support that growth.
Static data solutions, such as dedicated servers, are limited by the amount of data and processing power they can serve. Hybrid hosting facilitates data segmentation, simplifies classification, processing, and storage, so you can better manage growing data over the years.
Improve Disaster Recovery Efforts
Disaster recovery planning is critical to your business continuity. Outages and unexpected failures amount to thousands of dollars in damages and unproductive hours of downtime for employees and customers.
Hybrid IT solutions can include disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) from a provider who will monitor and mitigate issues before they escalate. Blend services, like offsite backup and real-time replication for virtualization, to develop a disaster recovery plan that protects your entire infrastructure, from physical devices to cloud environments.
Manage Fluctuating Workloads
Fluctuating workloads are very common. A prime example is an e-commerce shop that experiences high web traffic during the holiday shopping season.
Fluctuating workloads can be expected or unexpected, but both require an IT solution that allows for infrastructure change without interruption. Dealing with seasonal spikes in traffic calls for a flexible solution that can automatically scale resources as needed.
Cost-Effective HIPAA Compliance
Organizations that manage sensitive electronic protected health information (ePHI) in healthcare and related industries are required to follow HIPAA compliance requirements. This regulation demands system reliability, data backup and recovery, and responsible security. Your hybrid IT strategy should include monitoring, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and vulnerability assessments that safeguard against unauthorized access.
It takes a lot of time and effort for you to maintain compliance on your own. Enlisting the assistance of a compliant-hosting provider is often more cost effective, as you gain a team of experts supporting you 24/7, allowing you to focus on revenue-building activities.
Exploring Hybrid IT Solutions
Hybrid IT offers the best of all worlds, providing the flexibility and security you require. Solution providers, like OnRamp, that also specialize in security and compliance add even more value through their expertise.
If you’re unfamiliar with how to deploy and integrate colocation, cloud solutions, managed hosting, disaster recovery, and managed security services into a comprehensive hybrid IT strategy, contact an OnRamp expert to discuss your options.
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