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Why are businesses choosing hybrid cloud?

15 January 2021 by Laura Valentine

Why choose hybrid cloud?

Over 70% of businesses opt for a hybrid cloud setup.

There’s no denying that migrating to the cloud is a great business decision – it improves security, increases agility and accelerates growth. But application suitability can be an obstacle. With some applications simply not intended for the cloud – at least, not yet – occasionally, your workload may be better suited to on-site infrastructure.

This doesn’t mean you have to wave goodbye to the cloud completely. Rather, you may find that a hybrid cloud setup – a cloud environment that mixes on-premises infrastructure and/or private cloud with public cloud services – works best. Here, we explore the benefits of working in this way.

Improved security

One of the main concerns about using cloud technology among businesses is data security. While the cloud is certainly safe, opting for a hybrid model will allow you to select dedicated network devices and servers that can be used to restrict or remove access.

Your devices can also be set up so that both your cloud servers and dedicated servers are able to communicate on a private network, integrating them into a single architecture. This is ideal for those who handle highly sensitive data, as they can keep it close to home, housed in on-prem infrastructure, while moving other workloads to the public cloud. In this way, you can benefit from advances in technology that the cloud has to offer, future-proofing your business with flexibility and cost-efficiency.

Modernise legacy systems

While cloud technology isn’t particularly new, many people are still unsure how to properly migrate their entire system across. Often, it’s a lack of expertise that results in them only migrating specific information.

But sometimes, the gulf between legacy infrastructure or applications and emerging cloud technologies is too large to overcome. Some back office systems are simply not cloud-ready and may never be.

So, in general, legacy applications remain best suited to on-site infrastructure due to a lack of compatibility with the cloud. Choosing a hybrid solution means that any unsuitable legacy applications can be kept on existing systems, while the majority of your workloads are shifted to the cloud.

Develop cloud skills

It’s likely that most of the employees in your business have little to no experience in cloud computing. And if left tinkering in the cloud, they could potentially cause mistakes in the infrastructure.

Therefore, if your business lacks strong organisational oversight and IT governance, it’s typically safer to keep your information in on-premises infrastructure – rather than the cloud.

This can be dealt with easily though – by having access to the right skills, expertise and personnel. And this doesn’t have to mean recruiting a whole team of highly skilled cloud staff. Working with a managed service provider (MSP) will ensure that experienced support is always at hand.

Better still, at UKFast our cloud experts will help to upskill your in-house IT team, so they’re better prepared to manage your solution in the future.

Think a hybrid cloud solution is the future for your business?