Even though many SMBs have made the switch to cloud solutions, concerns around regulatory compliance and security have made it difficult for them to successfully and seamlessly migrate all their resources to open cloud servers.
If you’re among those businesses, then the solution is hybrid clouds – a mix of public and private clouds. By adopting a hybrid cloud solution you get the best of both worlds: your data and applications which demand tighter controls are hosted in a private cloud in an off-site facility, while your organisation’s infrastructure load can be reduced by having part of your data hosted in a public cloud.
Here are three ways a hybrid cloud solution can allow your SMB to exercise greater flexibility:
Scalability and cost efficiency
If you’re struggling to cope with seasonal demands, then a hybrid cloud environment will enable you to easily deal with those spikes in demands. This is achieved through migrating workloads from somewhat limited and insufficient on-premises servers to highly scalable and pay-as-you-go cloud servers. And, all that without ever having to add hardware or pay higher maintenance costs.
So, whenever there are higher than usual computing demands that your hardware isn’t fit for, if you want to scale in future, hybrid cloud solutions allow you to do just that.
When you have the ability to choose between privately hosted and public clouds, you can easily handpick the right IT solution according to the job at hand.
For instance, you might take advantage of a private cloud solution to save sensitive company files and utilize the more robust computing resources available with public cloud services in order to run resource-heavy applications.
Finally, a hybrid cloud solution offers vastly improved security than a private or public solution alone. For example, you can host E-commerce details or your latest HR platform with a private cloud service provider, where it will be protected by leading security systems and kept away from prying eyes. And for your daily routine documents and files, you can keep them in a public cloud where it’s protected by a 3rd party you trust.
Closing thoughts on hybrid clouds
In order to successfully set up a hybrid cloud model according to your SMBs unique requirements and the providers that are available in your region, you must:
- Get in touch with at least one specialised cloud host who is known for offering end-to-end hybrid cloud hosting solutions
- Integrate the services of your chosen private cloud provider with that of a public cloud provider
- Host a private cloud on your own and then integrate a public cloud host within your IT infrastructure.
The managed IT experts at NextWave IT can help you make a smooth and hassle-free transition to a hybrid cloud environment without any operational interruptions or major costs.
Contact us now to better understand the benefits a hybrid cloud solution can bring to your small-medium business.