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Most enterprises realise that a Hybrid or multi cloud solution is the optimal outcome, where the appropriate workloads are in a public cloud, some services are delivered through a SaaS model, and some workloads are run on private infrastructure.
The 2019 State of the Cloud report from Right Scale outlines the trend by stating that Enterprises with a hybrid strategy (combining public and private clouds) grew to 58 percent in 2019 from 51 percent in 2018, while the number of organizations with a strategy of multiple public clouds or multiple private clouds declines slightly.
The report also states that ‘Respondents are already running applications in a combination of 3.4 public and private clouds and experimenting with 1.5 more, for a total of 4.9 clouds.’
For Enterprises, the key benefit of a hybrid cloud model is the ability to migrate workloads and data between private and public clouds in a flexible way as demands, needs, and costs change, giving businesses greater agility. Every hybrid cloud model is unique allowing Enterprises to move workloads between public and private infrastructures that best meet their requirements based on security, risk, cost and availability.
Most enterprises face challenges when planning hybrid cloud strategies because typically, it’s not in their best interests to simply move everything to the cloud. Enterprises must consider questions such as:
Which workloads can or should move to a public cloud?
What are the real costs and economics? Cloud repatriation has also picked up, particularly in the US, where adoption grew earlier and faster.
How are my network and connectivity requirements changing?
What about security, compliance, skills requirements, orchestration etc?
All of these element require evaluation and adequate planning.
Interxion colocation data centres can help businesses realise the many benefits of hybrid cloud, as it provides the best environment to ensure high-quality connectivity between on-premises infrastructure and private and public clouds.