How Hybrid clouds can maximise your organisation’s efficiencies
By now, many organisations are familiar with the term ‘clouds’ or ‘cloud systems’. All clouds are data centres or in some cases multiple data centres made up of storage resources connected by a network.
The difference between a data centre and a cloud is that all those resources are virtualised into one enormous shared pool of resources which can be organised logically and automatically. Cloud systems adapt to meet the everchanging needs of your applications and the everchanging availability of each resource. Clouds can be more efficient and cost effective than traditional data centres.
Today’s cloud systems are smart enabling them to adapt easily and automatically. Applications can be deployed much faster without custom provision boxes. Once deployed those applications can dynamically scale on demand and resource issues like congestion and failure can be resolved automatically.
When people talk about clouds they are usually thinking of public clouds. They are public because they are hosted by a cloud service provider who rents space on the cloud to many tenants. Those customers will usually only pay for the services they use. They are a preferred choice for hosting everyday business support applications like HR, email and CRM. Where you can offload management in areas where you are happy to give up some control.
Alternatively, there are private clouds, they are private because they have only one tenant. You are still getting the functionality and security of a cloud, but you can control and customise it to fit your needs. Many companies are moving their data centres to private clouds to run core business applications that provide exclusive competitive advantages such as research and manufacturing supply chains.
Hybrid clouds are a combination of private and public with both performing distinct functions within your organisation. This means you get the benefits of both, allowing you to choose what you want to control, and giving you the ability to create new applications with uncertain demand. The applications can be deployed on your private cloud and disperse to the public cloud during times of heightened demand. Hybrid clouds enable organisations to maximise their efficiencies with platforms that are integrated seamlessly. Using private clouds only where required and using public clouds for all the non-sensitive operations.
The more digital a business is, the more essential cybersecurity is. Not only are cloud services highly functional, but they have high cybersecurity standards, so users can grow more efficiently and securely. Hybrid cloud systems preserve the integrity of the information while ensuring availability and accessibility for the tenant.
Benefits of Hybrid Cloud
- Gradual Step towards cloud – For the enterprises who are still in a dilemma of whether to or not to adopt cloud, going hybrid is the best approach. They may find risks in moving entire applications to the cloud all at once.
- Reduced total cost of ownership – Hybrid models reduce the overall cost of ownership as enterprises do not need to invest heavily in infrastructure and organisations can adopt a pay as you go cost model which ensure total control over monthly IT costs.
- Leveraging benefits of both Public and Private Clouds - By fusing the qualities of Private and Public cloud, enterprises can leverage best of both the worlds. They can adopt cloud with their existing IT resources as well. With hybrid cloud the ball is in their court, they can decide what data and application can be moved to cloud. Most commonly, businesses prefer to keep sensitive information on-premises and move rest on cloud.
Pinacl's grounding in complex enterprise networking and infrastructure allows us to design solutions that leverage the power of public cloud providers coupled with local resources. This intelligent mixing of platforms allows businesses to place their applications and data in the right place at the right time to leverage resources in the most cost-efficient manner.
As company applications and data are increasingly located outside of the enterprise, the potential attack surfaces increase – so, a secure multi-tenanted environment is essential to protect your company assets. Next Generation security systems use network intelligence to understand and manage the data that is flowing across your enterprise. Pinacl’s security first approach looks at how we can protect your company assets without compromising the value delivered in using shared infrastructure.
Whether you are just looking at a single application deployment, such as migrating email into the cloud or a number of Line of Business applications, Pinacl can help. Talk to us about how to design a solution that will meet your requirements today for performance and security, as well as being able to deliver for your requirements tomorrow. If you would like to find out more about our Cloud solutions, then contact us today.
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