Moving to the cloud isn’t a matter of why, but a matter of when and how. But that doesn’t mean that a business must choose between cloud or on-premises. There’s a third option that offers a more agile operating environment – hybrid cloud.

 

Hybrid cloud is the best of both worlds, essentially any combination of two or more clouds, including on-premises private, hosted private, or public, that work seamlessly together and can be centrally managed. Hybrid cloud isn’t a product – it’s part of a digital transformation strategy that changes over time.

 

It’s about building the right cloud operating model to fit your organisation and accommodate all your workloads, wherever they may reside because there isn’t a right way to build a hybrid cloud; hybrid cloud exists in many forms and varies from one enterprise to the next.

 

Here are 8 reasons why hybrid cloud makes business sense:

 

  1. Flexibility and scalability

Hybrid cloud allows organisations to scale their IT resources up or down based on demand. This flexibility enables them to meet varying workloads efficiently without over-provisioning or incurring unnecessary costs.

 

  1. Innovation and agility

Hybrid cloud enables businesses to innovate more rapidly. They can take advantage of public cloud services for testing, development, and prototyping while keeping production workloads on-premises.

 

  1. Cost optimisation

By combining private and public cloud resources, organisations can optimise their IT spending. They can use on-premises infrastructure for sensitive or legacy applications while leveraging the public cloud for dynamic workloads. This can lead to cost savings.

 

  1. Security and compliance

Hybrid cloud solutions offer the ability to keep critical or sensitive data on-premises while utilising the public cloud for less sensitive tasks. This can help meet regulatory and compliance requirements while maintaining data control.

 

  1. Disaster recovery

Hybrid cloud provides a robust platform for disaster recovery. Organisations can back up data and applications to the cloud and quickly recover them in the event of an outage or disaster.

 

  1. Optimised workload placement

Hybrid cloud solutions help organisations determine where workloads should run most efficiently. This ensures that the right resources are used for the right tasks.

 

  1. Simplified management

HPE and other providers offer tools and platforms that make managing hybrid cloud environments more straightforward. This can reduce complexity and operational overhead.

 

  1. Improved performance

Organisations can use the public cloud to provide additional compute resources during peak periods, improving application performance.

 

So how do you get cloud right? And how can you determine the best-fit application destinations for your preferred combination of public and private resources?

 

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, agility is paramount for a company to maintain its competitive edge. This ‘what makes sense’ approach to cloud allows organisations to use the right mix of technologies to meet their needs. Where hybrid cloud used to happen by accident – a company on their cloud journey would only move what they could afford with the goal to be 100% in the cloud down the line, hybrid cloud is now the strategy, especially when it comes to accessing data from the edge.

 

There’s no doubt that hybrid cloud can give you unprecedented flexibility, speed, agility, and cost-savings, but not if it’s disjointed and bogged down with inefficiencies and complexity. Success requires the ability to use your cloud on your terms, deploying applications where they make the most sense with a unified cloud experience.

 

As a leading IT technology and service provider, HPE has the technologies as well as the depth and breadth of experience to help customers on a hybrid cloud journey. HPE GreenLake, in particular, is redefining the cloud experience and operating model with an edge-to-cloud platform that lets you build your cloud, your way.

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