Classic on-prem infrastructure environments and private clouds have been the de facto standard for traditional IT. The security and operational controls of hosting your applications on private clouds come with its own challenges; top of the list being issues with scalability, high operational costs, and vendor lock-ins.
This is what gave rise to the widespread adoption of public clouds. Public cloud offerings have been hailed by evangelists left and right, but there isn’t one size fits all, especially when it comes to migrating large-scale legacy systems that are running critical environments generating millions in revenue or supporting core business. Many enterprises still prefer private clouds because their applications demand that level of security but that doesn’t stop them from craving the temptations of all that a public cloud offers.
Consider a hybrid cloud approach with the promise of keeping everyone happy. The 2020 State of the Cloud report says that a whopping 87% of organizations prefer a hybrid cloud strategy. So it is evident that more and more enterprises find this hybrid approach to be the most optimal for their businesses. We, at Wanclouds, see the same trend in cloud migration practices where a substantially large percentage of customers need their on-premises, public and private clouds to be running smoothly together.
A hybrid environment makes sense from all perspectives. And here’s why:
Optimizing IT Spend
Most enterprises have invested heavily in their IT infrastructures, resources, and carry a tightly managed OpEx and it does not make sense for every organization to start from scratch and take on full operational expense approach and potential risks to adopt a completely cloud-native approach, especially in the current Covid-19 situation.
A hybrid cloud strategy can then pose a perfect solution with lower resource waste, low CapEx, and low service disruption risk. A hybrid environment will leverage cloud and existing systems to create a perfect solution depending upon the unique use-cases of each organization.
Modern applications cannot survive if they cannot scale and adapt to changing requirements. Autoscaling is one of the most attractive features of public clouds. Scalability is laborious and expensive when it comes to private cloud environments and public clouds deal with it quite flawlessly. So hybrid environments, with the security of private clouds and the marvelous scalability of public clouds, become a super attractive option for enterprises.
High availability brings resilience to applications and makes sure they are always available. Whenever a node or a workload becomes unavailable, high availability nodes make sure that they can be re-spun and readily made available. This can be quite cumbersome and expensive to achieve with private clouds, so enterprises with high-level security requirements find a perfect balance in hybrid environments that are highly available and also secure.
In the wake of Covid-19, most enterprises are trying to cut costs by adopting cloud and avoiding heavy licensing fees incurred on their legacy systems. But when choosing to migrate, a hybrid cloud strategy is always a safe bet and saves costs.
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