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Benefits and Disadvantages of Maintaining a Hybrid Cloud Environment

What Is Hybrid Cloud?

A hybrid cloud environment comprises a combination of private cloud services, public cloud services, and on-prem infrastructure. With the hybrid cloud, organizations can benefit from the security of a private data center while leveraging the scalability and cost benefits of the public cloud. Using the hybrid cloud model, enterprises can create customized solutions that let them decide what’s stored in the cloud and what to keep on-prem.

The hybrid cloud market is projected to grow to $97.6 billion by 2023. As companies move toward digital transformation, they are turning to hybrid cloud solutions for the speed, flexibility, and scalability that drive innovation. Let’s look at some benefits and disadvantages of maintaining a hybrid cloud environment.

Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Environment

82 percent of enterprises have already adopted hybrid cloud strategies for the various benefits it offers to organizations. Here are 4 of them:

Flexibility

Scalability &
Development

Speed

Agility

1. Flexibility

Hybrid cloud solutions give businesses more data deployment options and the flexibility to move data and applications between public and private cloud environments when costs, customer demands or business needs change. Businesses can quickly allocate resources to each environment based on where, when, and how you need them.

A hybrid cloud gives businesses the flexibility to adopt the most appropriate and innovative solution for the organization and choose from a range of management and service models from multiple vendors, preventing vendor lock-in.

2. Scalability and Development

Many organizations have moved to the hybrid cloud for greater scalability. A hybrid cloud environment allows organizations to scale resources and optimize performance based on the organization’s changing needs. Additional compute or storage capacity can be deployed in minutes, allowing businesses to respond rapidly to new business opportunities to gain a competitive edge.

3. Speed

Time-to-market can be the defining factor in an organization’s competitive edge. The hybrid cloud helps organizations optimize IT performance to speed up the time to deliver products and services to customers. Private clouds can be custom-designed to minimize latency and optimize efficiency for greater application performance and speed.

4. Agility

In this digital era, businesses need the ability to adapt and change direction quickly. Using the hybrid cloud model, organizations can connect existing technology and on-prem infrastructure to cloud resources for added agility.

Disadvantages of a Hybrid Cloud Environment

While the hybrid cloud offers several benefits to organizations, there are also a few challenges you need to consider:

Difficult to
Implement

Visibility

In-house
Expenses

Compatibility &
Data Integration

1. Difficult to Implement

A hybrid cloud environment can be difficult to implement and maintain. Design and implementation often require the skills of an experienced cloud architect to ensure that the public cloud implementation being used is compatible with private infrastructure. It also requires extensive on-prem infrastructure, including servers, storage, and network components which need to be managed by dedicated, trained IT teams.

2. Visibility

The combination of disparate environments in the hybrid cloud model creates a need for full visibility across the entire environment. IT admin must be able to monitor systems, applications, and processes in all environments. This can be difficult if using multiple cloud providers with different proprietary management tools.

3. In-house Expenses

One of the primary advantages of the cloud model is reduced costs. But a hybrid cloud solution is more expensive to implement than the public cloud. While operating costs are relatively low, significant capital investment is required to install and maintain on-prem infrastructure and to hire and train cloud architects and IT personnel to manage the environment.

4. Compatibility and Data Integration

Applications and files used in a hybrid cloud environment must be compatible with all environments, whether on-prem or the private or public cloud. Incompatibilities can negate the benefit of being able to share resources and workloads between environments.

Gluent Data Platform is easy to implement, provides visibility into where the data is and where it should be, is automated so it reduces expense, in-house or otherwise, and is compatible with a number of Cloud Native Data Platforms.

Is Hybrid Cloud Right for Your Enterprise?

Not everything belongs in a public cloud. Adoption of the hybrid cloud has increased over the past few years because it allows applications and components to inter-operate across boundaries, between cloud instances, and even between architectures.

Gluent Data Platform is purpose-built to easily and efficiently share your data across all three of the key infrastructure components of hybrid cloud architecture (on-prem, private cloud, public cloud). With Gluent Data Platform, you can create hybrid cloud solutions that preserve your on-prem RDBMS investments while leveraging the power of the private and all three leading public cloud providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud).

Interested in hybrid cloud? You might like our cloud migration checklist!
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