The Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Environment

The Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Environment

If your business has all its mission-critical hardware located on-site—with applications installed directly on local workstations or through on-premise servers—it may be time for a change. This setup is becoming increasingly rare these days for many reasons including; heavy upfront costs, redundancy concerns, physical security issues and the overall cost of maintenance.

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Cloud computing technology, on the other hand, gives you access to applications, servers and other infrastructure without physical hardware. However, for many companies who want to ensure security with sensitive data and don’t like a lack of physical control over hardware, a hybrid cloud solution is best.

What is the Hybrid Cloud?

The hybrid cloud combines on-premise resources with cloud technology for the best of both worlds. Hybrid cloud configurations come in many shapes and sizes, from companies who keep data stored on-premise—with all other infrastructure being cloud-based—to those who use cloud-based software and handle hardware and data storage on-site.

Why You Should Consider the Hybrid Cloud

Unlike a complete cloud-based infrastructure, hybrid clouds allow access to on-premise hardware. You can deploy virtualization solutions to emulate cloud-based resource sharing or use your on-premise hardware normally.

Switching from a completely on-premise infrastructure to a hybrid cloud infrastructure can be as simple as incorporating cloud-based applications into your regular workflows. For example, cloud-based email and video chat services can serve as a natural starting point.

The scaling benefits of hybrid cloud computing are particularly useful if you publish a lot of media, especially videos that have viral traffic-potential. It’s not feasible to keep enough servers on-premise to handle peak demand when your typical usage is minimal. A cloud-based content platform can seamlessly scale your capacity to handle the additional load without incurring the heavy equipment costs of traditional infrastructure upgrades and setups.

How to Deploy a Hybrid Cloud

It’s important to consider how your on-premise hardware and cloud-based services are going to integrate. Setup and maintenance can get complicated when you add development platforms, hosting, data storage and other services. Even Forbes ended up asking, “What’s Right For Your Business?” in a recent article examining private, public or hybrid cloud computing.

Maybe your IT department is overloaded and is in desperate need of extra help, or maybe your offices doesn’t have a dedicated IT staff- No matter what your office environment looks like, working with a SF Bay Area IT services firm gives you the expertise required to roll out—and maintain—a hybrid cloud that will improve your business infrastructure and help expedite your daily operations.

Put your on-premise hardware to the best use possible while taking advantage of cloud-based perks with a hybrid cloud system. Add in an IT support team with hybrid cloud experts and you have an excellent foundation for kick-starting your business growth. Get in touch with Bay Computing’s implementation specialists and get your free onsite network assessment sscheduled today!

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