The hybrid cloud offers a key opportunity to businesses and other organizations. Specifically, a hybrid cloud merges public cloud and private cloud resources. Private clouds can either be premises-based or managed by a service provider. By taking a hybrid approach, a company can dynamically extend the capabilities of its private cloud using public cloud resources.
Hybrid clouds offer many advantages over using just public or private cloud resources. One of the most important is the ability to expand day-to-day operations in a cost-effective manner. One method for using hybrid cloud in this way is described in the blog, “Do Your Homework Before Shopping for Hybrid Cloud Services” from our partner SungardAS.
Businesses begin by performing a self-audit of applications. This includes identifying mission-critical applications. Mission-critical applications are those that, if not available, could prevent an organization from functioning. These applications are kept within the private cloud.
Less critical applications are those such as infrastructure services, messaging, collaboration, and database applications. These may be candidates for moving to the public cloud. In many cases, they can be maintained at a lower operating cost than an on-premises deployment. In addition, applications in the public cloud can be easily and quickly scaled. This gives organizations much needed flexibility and agility. In turn, this enables organizations to act on market opportunities more quickly, giving them a powerful competitive edge.
Cloud applications can also be tightly integrated with network resources under a common management framework, such as those offered by SungardAS in partnership with Sigma Solutions. This provides even greater flexibility as users move between virtual and physical environments.
With the right service provider, applications in the public cloud can be as or even more reliable than if they were in a private cloud. For example, the public cloud uses resource pools to assure greater business continuity. Consider if the server hosting your applications goes down. In a private cloud, you may experience an interruption in service as your IT team addresses the problem. With a public cloud, your service provider can move your applications and data to another server. In many cases, users won’t even notice anything has out of the ordinary has happened.
Downtime is never convenient. Which is why enterprise-class service is the standard for our partners who provide Cisco Powered services. Even when an application itself isn’t mission-critical, the people using it may be performing mission-critical tasks. Such tasks could include team collaboration to meet a crucial deadline or closing a sale with an important customer.
Hybrid cloud is already transforming the way we do business. Want to learn more about how your business can take full advantage of the hybrid cloud from market leaders like Cisco, SungardAS, and Sigma Solutions? Then click here for access to tools to help you, including the white paper, “The Compelling Business Case for Hybrid Cloud Services.” You can also learn more about why Cisco Powered is the industry standard for cloud and managed services.