Dynamic Hybrid: The new generation of cloud

20:47, Jan 19 2015
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HYBRID CLOUD: Around 61 per cent of businesses will be using a 'hybrid cloud' environment by the end of 2014.

Your business may use various IT infrastructures to store, access and manage data and IT resources - perhaps a primary common server in combination with some web-based services and cloud-based storage.

You may not be aware, however, that a new generation of cloud-based platforms can integrate these services.

According to the IBM Centre for Applied Insights, it's estimated that around 61 per cent of businesses will be using a 'hybrid cloud' environment to facilitate their data needs by the end of 2014. Essentially, a hybrid cloud combines internal and external cloud solutions with your traditional environment, giving your business the flexibility to move quickly, while also making full use of the IT resources you already have.

This new generation of cloud computing solutions isn't just about simple file storage. Hybrid cloud services become 'dynamic clouds' when they pool your business' IT infrastructure to create a seamless environment where your IT resources can be allocated as needed, based on real-time requirements. Taking full advantage of hybrid cloud options - using on-premise and off-premise clouds together strategically ­ opens the door to even greater opportunities for innovation and optimisation.

In essence, hybrid cloud services give businesses flexibility. Using off-premise cloud services gives you the space to innovate, test, develop and get feedback, whether you're using new applications, trying to optimise existing environments or entering new markets.

Using the new model, cloud services streamlines existing IT infrastructure ­ resources can be stored wherever company security requirements dictate, while still remaining accessible. While dynamic clouds enable all 'mission critical' IT infrastructure to remain on­premise, enterprise-grade dynamic hybrid cloud solutions remain essential for vigilance against security breaches. Enterprise cloud services must have three-fold security measures in place: one to authenticate cloud access; one to protect data and resources when they're in the cloud; and another to allow for enhanced visibility of the security management controls responsible for cloud activity.

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Such an approach enables businesses of all sizes to reap the 'anytime, anywhere' accessibility benefits of using cloud computing, while also using an on­premise solution to safeguard sensitive data against third-party threats.

Dynamic hybrid clouds are also cost-effective: the mixed-capacity model means your business doesn't have to pay for extra space on one platform when there is some already paid for on another. Likewise, such capability means there are no physical barriers in expanding your business' scale to meet customer needs, as and when the market demands.

For example, at peak usage times during the working day, your company can mix its dedicated resources held on its internal server with a public or private cloud, to provide extra capacity. This enables all employees to access and manage IT resources without lagging, or any of the other hiccups that come with 'overloading the server' when too many people are trying to access it at once.

Innovators in dynamic cloud solutions agree that dynamic infrastructure should integrate a business' IT assets, and align them with the overall goals of the business.

This is a smarter and more streamlined approach to day-to-day and long-term operational goals that reduces costs and manages risk. That leaves you more time to get on with growing your business, and less time worrying about IT.