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Hybrid Cloud: Cloud on your terms!

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Many organizations I interact with say they’re neither ready nor interested in moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud. And I often respond that their likely in the cloud (via hybrid cloud) without knowing it.

If you don’t believe your organization is using cloud services, you may want to check that again. More often than not, most organizations today use hybrid cloud services in some way or other.

For example, most companies today use some kind of online CRM tool. Their online CRM integrates into their internal on-premise database system, thus creating a hybrid cloud instance. If they’re using an online application for team collaboration or project management, with single sign-on capability and integration with their domain, this is a hybrid instance. As a SaaS function, for example, the CRM stores data in the cloud while integrating with and utilizing on-premise assets.

For another example, say you have an e-commerce site that’s pulling info from your on-premise inventory system. When an order is placed, it sends that information from the cloud-based e-commerce tool to your on-premise accounting system and then relays that information to your order fulfillment or supply chain system.

My point is that organizations which may be resistant to leveraging the benefits of cloud services are likely already using it. To be sure, many organizations today still balk at deploying their apps and infrastructure in the cloud. Two reasons stand out – change is hard for organizations to enact (think of organizational inertia) and IT teams often need more expert resources than they have in-house to help them plan and execute a hybrid cloud deployment.

In my view, migrating a pre-planned set of your workloads into hybrid cloud is an effective way for organizations to see first-hand the benefits of deploying cloud services for your apps and infrastructure.

The benefits of the hybrid cloud are clear. You can tap the computing power and the scalability capabilities of the cloud and gain cost-efficiencies – all while protecting data in your on-premise environment.

Our next post will illustrate an easy-to-adopt method to plan and execute a hybrid cloud migration for your enterprise.

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