The hybrid cloud movement is already upon us. It took some time to build momentum during the trial and error process, but now there is no stopping this force. No longer will organizations have to choose between public and private cloud deployments. They can have both. According to Gartner, large enterprises are leading the movement, with half of the market expected to have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.
From a deployment standpoint, going the hybrid route from day one affords the most flexibility possible. Businesses that mashed together private and public environments have, as Network World called it, “half-baked, haphazard cloud infrastructure schemes” that leave little room for automation.
In fact, John Treadway, vice president of Cloud Technolo
gy Partners, made the observation that organizations oftentimes struggle to make automatic provisions in traditional public or private environments. Conversely, hybrid deployments open up automation capabilities, and these cloud mixes are becoming available in various services packages that are easy to configure.
What are some of the other advantages of the hybrid cloud? VentureBeat gave their input:
- Security issues can become more manageable—To protect sensitive data, organizations can utilize their firewall while also maintaining public cloud access.
- Public cloud migration can be incremental—Organizations can save on the costs of a complete public cloud migration by offloading workloads only when necessary.
- Regulatory freedom—Data can be stored to multiple locations according to departmental needs and specific terms and conditions.
- Heterogeneous DevOps teams—Instead of relying on a team that can build and maintain every deployment element, organizations can disperse responsibilities between different team members and turn cloud deployments into collaborative processes.