Is your organisation, like many others, assessing the benefits of containers, but are struggling to go beyond establishing a Proof of Concept (PoC) due to the platform you are on?
Serverless computing, containers, and similar products such as Google Kubernetes, are influencing significant changes to the way organisations function. As the applications run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another, organisations are investing in its potential to make them more agile and faster to market. They are experiencing an increase in visibility and portability towards application performance.
However, other organisations struggle to move beyond their PoCs to deployment due to their skillset and the cloud platform they are using.
Public cloud platforms, such as Google Cloud, have recognised this setback and are leading the way to make the underlying platforms easier to deploy and manage. However, these are only available to organisations that have migrated to the public cloud.
For organisations that use the private cloud, there is no easy solution. Several have considered building their own container stack. However, complications exist. Organisations must have a unique set of skills and know-how to scale, secure and manage it properly.
The Solution – Hybrid Cloud
Many organisations that have experienced the added frustration of deploying containers from a private cloud platform are now transitioning to a hybrid environment – a solution that combines a private cloud with one or more public cloud services. Organisations that have transitioned to a hybrid platform can now manage their workloads from one location and benefit from the best of both worlds.
Organisations are experiencing greater flexibility, scalability, and control over their data. They can store sensitive data in the private cloud, while at the same time access computational resources of a managed public cloud. As a hybrid cloud only requires one plane of management, it is different and more straightforward than a multi-cloud strategy where organisations manage each cloud platform separately.
Other benefits of Hybrid Cloud
Organisations can also benefit from:
- Cost savings by extending their private resources to a public cloud only when necessary. Resources do not have to sit idle until they are needed.
- Deploying a private network on-site to handle internal needs which then extends to the public cloud when computational resources exceed local availability.
- Improvement in computing and storage power, whereby organisations are using less physical space which on-site servers often require.
Deploying Hybrid Cloud
The hybrid model provides the business with multiple options so that stakeholders can pick an environment that best suits their needs. Some examples include:
- Load-balancing between on-prem and public cloud depending on where the access is coming from.
- Develop in the public cloud to leverage cheaper resources and deploy production on-prem for compliance.
- Create a seamless integration into legacy environments as you go through a digital transformation.
Is Hybrid Cloud right for you?
Hybrid cloud is an effective way to align IT priorities with business needs.
When comparing which cloud platform to go with, organisations should not underestimate the flexibility, scalability, and responsiveness of a hybrid cloud. How much flexibility organisations need is dependent on its business goals, what compliance measures are in place, and how much is the business expected to evolve in the future.
Hybrid cloud is highly valuable for organisations with fluctuating workloads, large amounts of data that need processing regularly, and have large mixes of IT services and applications.
It can also be very beneficial for organisations that experience seasonal fluctuations. Organisations can identify when they require additional resources and utilise them at appropriate times, which in turn helps organisations optimise their costs.
Start your journey to hybrid cloud with Oreta.
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