WHY HYBRID IT?
Use of hybrid solutions within businesses is on the rise, and with good reason. While the trope for many years has been “migrate to the cloud”, for many small and medium sized businesses who have already invested in on-premise solutions, a switch to the cloud is neither practical nor financially viable. Indeed, this is something that is highlighted by Frost and Sullivan in a recent report, where they make clear that for SMMEs, it can be a suboptimal choice.
Enter the hybrid solution, the option that allows companies to enjoy all of the benefits of using the public cloud, while mitigating any potential risks through existing on-premise servers.
Benefits for Small And Medium Businesses
SMME’s are particularly attracted to the benefits of using a hybrid solution because it addresses several of the challenges that they face. Key among these, according to a report by Aberdeen, includes being able to hire the requisite in-house IT expertise to deploy and manage a purely cloud-based solution, ensuring appropriate use of resources, and concerns around security and compliance. In fact, 48% of SMME’s using only the cloud reported that their chosen solution was unable to meet compliance requirements.
For a small business, perhaps with an IT department of one, cloud pricing and provisioning can be a complicated endeavour. Instances can often be over-provisioned, which means any initial cost-saving benefits of the cloud may be negated. According to the same Frost and Sullivan report, 43% of businesses surveyed reported that the costs to run cloud workloads were indeed higher than initially expected.
Simultaneously, using a private cloud isn’t the ideal solution either. For start-ups or SMME’s who don’t yet have existing infrastructure, on-premise can pose an expensive initial financial investment. At the same time, as noted by Gartner, “most private cloud projects do not deliver the cloud outcomes and benefits organisations seek”.
The Best Of Both For Business
The beauty of a hybrid solution is that it gives businesses the best of both worlds, exploiting the benefits of Infrastructure as a Service and Software as a Service while offering a business greater agility and reduced total cost to company.
A business can leverage the cloud to manage analytics or non-critical workloads while using on-premise servers for applications that require low latency. This gives a business both the scalability and elasticity of the cloud (virtual machines can be provisioned as workloads require) while enjoying the control that comes with on-premise hardware.
Besides control, having a private cloud or on-premise option also allows businesses to ensure compliance with data laws, and provides a greater measure of security for sensitive data when compared to a public cloud option. Measures like this will become increasingly essential as POPI comes into effect.
Not only does a hybrid IT solution put the processing power back in the hands of your business, but it also acts as the platform from which to leapfrog competitors and expand operations across your industry.