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Whilst the common belief is that Hybrid Cloud is only workable for large enterprise there is more evidence to suggest otherwise.
Most SMB companies that have deployed a hybrid solution do so for the same reasons as an enterprise. (In this example more than 1000 employees)
The primary benefit of a hybrid cloud is agility. The need to adapt and change direction quickly is a core principle of a digital business. Your organisation might want (or need) to combine public clouds, private clouds, and on-premises resources to gain the agility it needs for a competitive advantage. Source: NepApp.
What is a hybrid cloud?
A hybrid cloud—sometimes called a cloud hybrid—is a computing environment that combines an on-premises data centre (also called a private cloud) with a public cloud, allowing data and applications to be shared. Some people define hybrid cloud to include “multi-cloud” configurations where an organisation uses more than one public cloud in addition to their on-premises data centre.
No matter which definition of hybrid cloud you use, the benefits are the same: When computing and processing demand increases beyond an on-premises datacenter’s capabilities, businesses can use the cloud to instantly scale capacity up or down to handle excess capacity. It also allows them to avoid the time and cost of purchasing, installing, and maintaining new servers that they may not always need.
BLUE Profile often recommend a Lenovo/Azure integrated solution to our clients. With a hyperconverged hybrid cloud solution engineered and integrated by Lenovo and Microsoft, you’re free to focus on cloud services—instead of your infrastructure. Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack Hub (ThinkAgile SXM) is a turnkey, rack-scale solution optimised with a resilient, high-performing, and secure software-defined infrastructure (SDI). It’s the perfect platform to:
Deliver Azure cloud services from the security of your own data centre.
Enable rapid development and iteration of applications with on-premises deployment tools to help transform your organisation.
Unify application development across your entire hybrid cloud environment.
Easily move applications and data across private and public clouds.
Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud
A workload that needs temporary compute power
Whilst the majority of the time the on-premise compute power is OK, sometimes a peak season or a particular workload may need extra compute power.
Separating critical workloads from less-sensitive workload
Fears over the safety of data in the public cloud has long been the reason organisations don’t put their data in the cloud. However, some organisations now use public cloud to process non-sensitive data. Thus, enjoying the best of both worlds.
Big data processing
Big Data is no longer an enterprise only need. Over the past few years SMB’s have accumulated a lot of data from which they wish to draw insights. Processing some of the data in a public cloud while also using a private cloud to ensure data security and keep sensitive big data behind your firewall.
Foundation for the future
It is impossible to predict 100% accurately an organisations data processing and storage needs. A hybrid solution provides flexibility to utilise public cloud and on-premise resources as your business requirements change.