In the world of sports, some teams dominate at home, making it nearly impossible for opponents to come into their house and beat them. And some teams are road warriors, able to travel into hostile stadiums and come away the victor. Either of these are a great trait for any sports club to have, but to be a champion, a team needs to be great everywhere, whether at home or away.
The same is true in IT infrastructures and data centers. You’d think that having a strong on-premise, (in-house) private cloud infrastructure that provides solid security, improved speed and increased piece of mind, would be enough to give you the “home field advantage.” An extensive public cloud platform has it’s benefits too, such as increased agility, flexibility and recovery capabilities. However, the real “advantage” goes to an organization that can combine both. One that can have a strong on-premise infrastructure that is seamlessly integrated with the public cloud.
Through on-premise virtualization infrastructures (private cloud), businesses gain a number of benefits in ease of management, improved ability to provide services and applications to the business, and increased security. Additionally, with public cloud, organizations gain fast service deployment capabilities, reduced infrastructure costs, unlimited flexibility, and the ability to grow capacity as needed with the click of a button.
Many organizations today want to have the ability to combine these two infrastructures in order to gain the best of both worlds but fear the cost and complexity of properly implementing a hybrid cloud infrastructure. But by making the right decisions and following best practices, leading organizations can easily combine the best of on-premise and cloud in order to reap significant benefits in faster delivery, improved reliability, and savings on IT costs.
Why On-premise and Public Cloud should be on the same team
Looking from the outside in, building IT infrastructures using virtualization and cloud should be a well-established and mature process. After all, public cloud has been around for many years now and server virtualization for at least twice as long. But while both of these technologies are in some ways “mature” both are also completely new. That’s because each has been transformed by other emerging technologies.
Virtualization and cloud have been transformed by software defined data centers, big data, the Internet of Things, converged systems, and each other. All of this has added improved capabilities but has also, in some ways, added to the complexity of deploying these technologies. You need an expert to coach you through it.
When you are ready to tackle hybrid cloud, schedule a consultation with Flagship Solutions Group.
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