According to Franklin Morris at PCWorld, almost 90 percent of businesses are using cloud computing in some form. The question in the last few years isn’t if the cloud should be implemented, but how to do so most effectively. With private, public, and hybrid options available, IT decision makers are faced with the tough decision of choosing the model that best fits the needs of their organization at any given moment.
The benefits of public cloud computing include cost-efficiency and scalable architecture. Organizations gravitate toward public cloud solutions for business support applications like email and CRM systems. The benefits of private cloud services include superior customization, security, and privacy. This is attractive to businesses who want tighter control over core applications.
According to Morris, “Businesses now have an expanded set of options for operating in the cloud. They can choose to manage their cloud infrastructure in-house, or opt for a managed cloud and have their cloud provider shoulder the burden of day-to-day management. In short, the cloud of the past was a one-size-fits-all offering. Today it is easy for businesses to design a custom solution around their precise needs.”
It’s clear in today’s business environment that the needs of an organization aren’t being met by choosing just one way of doing things; by combining the services of both public and private clouds, IT decision makers are increasingly looking toward a hybrid cloud solution to provide the best of both worlds.
In a recent Wired article by Jeff Borek, he states that “hybrid cloud models using both private, dedicated IT resources and public variable infrastructure are likely to be less expensive for clients than either private or public clouds alone. However, each organization must evaluate its own business requirements to determine which type of cloud is the best fit for them.”
The hybrid model offers the most flexible, agile, and scalable option for your business and your IT department. Hybrid allows businesses to keep costs down and adapt to changing environments without sacrificing the customizability needed for continuing innovation.
For more information on the different ways cloud can work for your business, watch this helpful video on the changing face of cloud computing.