If you’re still viewing the hybrid cloud as something outside of your IT strategy or adoption plan, it’s time to change your thinking. In a recent study conducted by Cisco and several other partners, of the IT departments surveyed, 65% hope to prioritize the cloud as we begin 2018. This was a shocking number to most, as hybrid clouds have been around for some time.
Hybrid Cloud Wants vs. Needs
The hybrid cloud has become a critical component of companies’ efforts in moving towards a digital transformation. Regardless of business size, technology leaders in your business need to begin weighing their options when it comes to on-premise infrastructure and cloud platforms.
For most, cloud platforms are enterprise-class in all respects and should encompass Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform (PaaS), and Infrastructure (IaaS), with a high level of integration between them all. Many believe hybrid cloud solutions using public and private platforms offer the greatest benefits and commonality with on-premises infrastructure, enabling your business to move workloads once stuck on-premise between private and public clouds.
That’s a serious list of requirements. Thankfully, cloud providers are already moving in this direction, with Microsoft offering Azure, Microsoft 365, and a hybrid-stack for those with AWS. It’s no wonder they have taken off as the cloud leader. Azure recently boasted several SQL Server enhancements, including in-memory support and the ability to move SQL Server applications to the cloud for seamless hybrid cloud use.
What Does It Mean for Business Owners?
With a growing list of cloud vendors in the market, we have already begun seeing solutions that over-promise and under-deliver. Many are still skeptical of the cloud, having given Azure’s Active Directory a try. Using the security management of Azure and Microsoft, businesses can secure the identity of employees, their access, and some minor support, encouraging the adoption of the hybrid cloud and safer computing networks.
With these innovations in cloud computing, you get vast transformative capabilities. Scalable platforms enable you to deploy new applications, augment resources, and move apps between clouds. It’s these tools we see as the first steps in workload and process automation. It’s time your information technology began working for you – if poised correctly, the hybrid cloud can be the answer to the technology innovation your business has been lacking.
Clare Computer Solutions has provided the SF Bay Area with IT support and consulting services for over three decades. Realize the power of your technology today. Contact us to begin using the cloud to answer some of your largest technology questions.