What is hybrid cloud?
Some cloud service providers would like for clients to believe that when looking at a cloud strategy, every workload can and should be run on the cloud, ideally with a single cloud provider. There are obvious reasons that they would communicate this type of directive; however, the reality is that not all workloads are cloud ready. There will always be cases where there's a preference or strong business reason for keeping a workload on premises or for leveraging multiple cloud providers.
Cloud is not an all or nothing proposition, which is why a hybrid cloud approach makes sense. Hybrid cloud allows organizations to leverage the right resource at the right time across on premises infrastructure, private cloud, public cloud and multiple clouds. This allows organizations to run the applications and data on the best platform and then scale and span the processing between them, all while minimizing security risks.
What is a multi-cloud strategy and is it part of a hybrid cloud strategy?
A multi-cloud approach is when applications are being deployed across two or more cloud platforms. This approach offers organizations an avenue to avoid being locked into doing business with just one vendor. A single vendor approach can put organizations at risk of falling prey to unpredictable changes in service or price increases. By diversifying and leveraging multiple cloud providers, organizations have more choice as to where they run their workloads. In the event of a breach, a multi-cloud approach can also help prevent large scale data loss since the information is spread out across several different platforms. A multi-cloud approach can fold in to a hybrid cloud strategy nicely with on premises, private cloud, public and multi-cloud environments all working together to provide a seamless user experience.
A hybrid cloud approach is efficient and risk-adverse
When managing their databases and applications with a hybrid cloud strategy, enterprises gain efficiency. Dedicated servers and private clouds can be leveraged for their most valuable data assuring them they have complete control over their data's security with minimized risk. Public cloud can then be used for scalability. Development and feasibility testing for new applications can be done on the cloud for dramatic cost savings due to the pay-as-you-go model. Overall, the flexibility of a hybrid approach allows enterprises to mix and match and glean the best of both worlds.
Hybrid cloud is gaining momentum
Based on industry trends, speculation and research, all signs point to an upswing in the adoption of a hybrid approach to cloud. According to Forrester1 "99% of cloud decision makers believe there are benefits to using consistent, hybrid-cloud platforms, services and tooling." According to Markets and Markets2 on the Hybrid Cloud Market, the global market size for hybrid cloud is expected to grow from $44.60 billion in 2018 to $97.64 billion by 2023. These compelling predictions justify giving this approach of a hybrid cloud strategy a closer look.
Hybrid cloud makes sense
Hybrid cloud adoption is on the rise. It allows organizations to leverage best of breed services across public, private and multi-cloud solutions while still providing a seamless user experience. It provides them the ability to balance flexibility and regulatory requirements and to adhere to security and privacy regulations. Organizations can still have control over data sovereignty while enjoying application and data portability in a hybrid cloud approach. They can achieve all of this while avoiding vendor lock-in and realizing substantial cost efficiencies, making a hybrid cloud model worth considering.