If you’re already using a virtualised local IT infrastructure, then we don’t need to convince you of the advantages of private cloud.
No doubt you’re already benefiting from the simplified management that comes from being able to control all of your computing resources from a single point. You may even have had a pat on the back from the people in charge of the purse strings, who have seen the reduced capital costs that have been possible through server consolidation and being able to squeeze the most out of the hardware you already have. Not to mention the improved experience of your users and customers that comes from the added resilience of a cloud environment.
What if you could power-up these advantages, and add even further benefits to your virtual infrastructure? By linking your private cloud with a trusted public cloud you can. Here lies the compelling case for hybrid cloud: it’s cloud as you know it, but this time it’s free of limiting factors.
Five ways that hybrid cloud powers up your existing virtual infrastructure:
1. Even better efficiency
No matter how tightly audited your local infrastructure is, it’s likely to run below a 100% utilisation rate. It’s quite possible that you’ve incorporated reserve capacity to cater for demand spikes, urgent new deployments and testing. This (potentially) largely dormant resource is effectively capital wastage, which can be minimised by instead using the public cloud as a Pay-As-You-Go overflow for your temporary workloads. Switch it on as demand arises, use it for as long as you need it, power it down when you’re finished: exactly as you would in your on-premise cloud, but without the left-overs.
2. Helps you to get new projects off the ground
In a similar vein, exploiting the on-demand resources of a public cloud provides a low-risk strategy for running pilot, or speculative projects. Without the need for capital investment, it’s much easier to get the management buy-in you need to secure additional resources. Plus, it removes the need to divert capacity from (and potentially hinder the performance of) established and important, live workloads.
3. Delivers even greater agility
Within your private cloud, you will have become accustomed to the powerful benefit of deploying resources when they’re needed — that’s as long as you have physical capacity in reserve. By adopting a hybrid cloud strategy, you will always have the option to expand on demand, but without the overhead of maintaining buffer capacity.
4. Gives you the latest technology
Maintaining the underlying physical infrastructure of any cloud environment involves the refresh of hardware: repeated rounds of capital investment are required to keep technology up to date and running smoothly. Strategic (re)deployment of appropriate workloads in the public cloud can help you to minimise the sprawl of your physical infrastructure, and reduce your commitments to technology refresh.
5. Eases your physical data centre overheads
The larger your private cloud, the larger your underlying physical infrastructure. As this expands, so naturally do capital costs (initial purchase and refresh) with associated increases in operational costs to keep the whole thing running smoothly. Strategic expansion into the public cloud helps you to keep your data centre obligations to a minimum, and hand over a chunk of this responsibility to a specialised provider.
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