It’s hard to ignore the benefits of a well-designed hybrid cloud environment. You’ve probably heard all about the flexibility, cost savings, and new capabilities that cloud brings—you may even have implemented a few cloud technologies already. But are you maximizing your investment, or are you just scratching the surface of what is possible with cloud?
Here are three of the top benefits of hybrid cloud—and a few tips to ensure you’re using the technology to its fullest potential:
- Agility/Nimbleness—Hybrid cloud architecture allows you to more rapidly achieve your business and technology objectives, due to its intrinsic capabilities, such as support for automation, instant access, and almost limitless scalability. If you’re not continuously looking for ways to utilize these capabilities across your organization, you’re leaving money on the table.
- Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery—Hybrid cloud allows very cost-effective BC/DR options, opening the door for organizations that would otherwise forgo a BC/DR plan and expose themselves to a variety of risks and liabilities. It’s important to remember that cloud can be an incredibly powerful ally when building out your BC/DR strategy. Take the time to consider your options and find a solution that fits your unique business requirements.
- Performance and Cost Optimization—The use of hybrid cloud architecture allows you the freedom to choose the most optimal ‘execution venue’ for your business applications, depending on your unique requirements. Should these requirements change at some point in the future, the architecture allows applications to be moved to alternate locations/providers in a much simpler fashion than in the past. Don’t box yourself in with a single approach—one of the biggest benefits to cloud is being able to choose the right applications and services at the right time.
By keeping the above benefits in mind as you’re building—and optimizing—your hybrid cloud environment, you’ll be sure to get the most value out of your investment and realize the legendary flexibility, scalability, and efficiency that cloud is rightly famous for.