The rumors are true. Adopting a cloud infrastructure can save your organization money in the long run, but it is important to choose the right cloud solution for your enterprise needs in order to maximize resources with an investment that aligns with your budget. Unfortunately, it’s the leg work that goes into choosing the right cloud solution as well as the investment that still has some leaders asking, Do we really need to be on the cloud?â
In 2017, that’s a fairly easy question for us to answer. If your organization and more specifically your IT department is being tasked with getting better results while using fewer resources, a cloud solution will get you there. It will transform how your team delivers IT services which will give your organization a competitive advantage. The key benefits of the cloud include scalability, instant provisioning, virtualized resources, and the ability to expand the server base quickly. Partnering with a technology solutions provider who can walk you through the options will also give your team the initial boost needed to choose the right cloud and get it implemented rather than tasking them with even more work. Until then, here is some information to get you up to speed on the various cloud solutions and how they’re being used.
A public cloud is based on the standard cloud computing model where a cloud service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to organizations without any responsibilities to manage or maintain the data centers. Public clouds tend to be more popular with companies who are looking for an option with limited lead time. A drawback of public clouds can be that some organizations view them as being less secure although security breaches of public clouds are uncommon. Although organizations do not manage their data on public clouds, their data remains segregated from others.
A private cloud is similar to a public cloud in that it is still scalable and offers self-service. The difference is a private cloud is used only by a single organization so the hardware, storage, and network can be set up to meet the desired level of security and compliance needs. This solution precludes pay-as-you-go and can be more costly since your organization is the sole user of this private cloud and it’s components, but it is often favored by mid- to large-sized enterprises for the purpose of control.
A hybrid cloud solution includes a mix of private and public cloud services, and is often preferred by companies that wish to take advantage of the benefits afforded by both cloud options. A hybrid cloud also uses an encrypted connection to allow the flow of data between the two cloud environments. It is good a solution for keeping costs at a minimum while still providing secure and controlled data storage environments that meet compliance needs.
As enterprises seek efficiencies to better serve customers, the focus on cloud computing will only intensify. IDC predicts, more than 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures in 2017.â
Choosing the Right Enterprise Cloud Solution
While there are many benefits to cloud infrastructure, it’s important to ensure your company has the proper time, resources, and staff to make the transition effectively or it could suffer undue expense. That’s why to ensure your success you need to rely on proven cloud technology and infrastructure solutions from an industry leader such as Hitachi Data Systems. As one of their cloud service providers, we will be able to customize a cloud infrastructure as unique as your organization.