We can safely say that the hybrid cloud model is here to stay. Gone are the days when computing models were built exclusively on mainframe and client server computing models. Today, an increasing number of organisations have expanded their infrastructure directly into some form of cloud platform. In fact, a recent Interxion survey found that 45% of IT decision makers use a hybrid approach, combining in-house data centres with either private or public cloud.
And this percentage is only set to grow. By 2016, 85 percent of all enterprises will have adopted cloud services to some extent, with 80% choosing a hybrid IT model. But as appealing, and likely, a hybrid cloud future is, for some enterprises, there are still obstacles to be navigated before widespread adoption. Here, we dispel the myths:
1) I have to give up control of my data
Not being in control of data is often cited as a reason holding businesses back from cloud adoption. But gone are the days where businesses purchased a managed service, sacrificing visibility of their data. Businesses today can stay very much in control of their data by choosing a solution that lets you keep your data on-premise and access it via reliable, high-speed connections. In addition, a well-managed hybrid cloud environment can efficiently deliver public and private resources and provide control and visibility to IT teams.
2) My data won’t be secure in the cloud
It is hardly surprising that security is an inhibitor to cloud adoption. Over two thirds of IT decision makers (69%) rated security as the number-one concern when connecting to cloud-based applications. But 77% said they would move more workloads to the cloud if these fears were resolved. To do this, a new approach to networking is needed.
Most cloud providers offer ways to connect directly to their cloud and bypass the internet. By doing so, enterprises can integrate on premise resources with their mother cloud via a fast, reliable and secure connection.
3) I won’t get enough bandwidth in the cloud
Some IT decision makers still have their doubts about bandwidth, latency and potential impact on service delivery, despite their cloud provider saying their services can match on-premise services.
By using a carrier-neutral data centre, enterprises and service providers can sidestep these concerns. With a hyper-connected data center, they have access to a raft of partners capable of building a fault-tolerant, high bandwidth cloud. This means better performance, reduced latency, and added security, without the cost of laying bespoke connections.
4) It just seems like a lot of hassle
Cloud can actually simplify IT for many organisations, firstly by minimising the amount of hardware requiring management and maintenance and secondly, by connecting multiple customers to their preferred public cloud offering or connect a single customer to multiple clouds.
The final myth is the organisation that is not using the cloud. Every IT department has cloud on the agenda. The time of fear is over and all that is left are the challenges of integration, of management and of maintaining and improving service levels. But isn’t that IT back to business as usual?