Adopting a hybrid cloud offers your business many benefits. To achieve the benefits of a hybrid cloud, you first have to build a hybrid cloud strategy, which would include both public (like Microsoft Azure) and private (like Microsoft Hyper-V) cloud instances. Hybrid cloud architectures enable organizations to host mission-critical or ultra-secure applications in their private cloud environment while storing more dynamic and resource-intensive workloads in the public cloud. Here is a list of the top 10 hybrid cloud benefits you can expect to achieve by implementing this kind of architecture.
Hybrid Cloud Benefits List
The first of our hybrid cloud benefits is “agility”, which stems from an organization’s ability to quickly provision virtual machines in public as opposed to private cloud. For example, provisioning Azure windows server workloads requires only a few clicks in the Azure portal. Whereas, provisioning Hyper-V virtual machines with Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) may be much more labor-intensive and hardware-dependent (that’s why we recommend 5nine Cloud Manager to simplify Hyper-V operations). The main benefit of having either Azure or AWS is that it can be launched quickly, without the need for significant hardware investment. It can also scale to your system requirements without downtime. To learn more about the differences between Azure and AWS, read our Azure vs. AWS evaluation guide.
2) Speed to Market
The second hybrid cloud benefit is “speed to market”, meaning the ability to develop and distribute an application or service quickly. The Azure hybrid cloud includes seamless integration between Azure and Hyper-V and provides some free tools to help with Azure migration. Having a tight integration between public and private clouds enables the Microsoft Cloud to provide customers with a single platform for design, development and testing, which removes roadblocks like system incompatibilities, inconsistent licensing structures and rotating account managers.
The third hybrid cloud benefit is “resilience”. Highly resilient applications are those that maintain high-performance levels despite an unforeseen disaster, whether caused by a power outage, natural disaster, failed disk or another emergency. Hybrid cloud architectures are ideal for resilience because they allow for data replication between on-premises and cloud-based sites, and workloads won’t grind to a halt if a datacenter or host server suffers an outage. Every Microsoft hybrid cloud strategy should include a plan to replicate and back up Hyper-V and Azure on a regular basis. Otherwise, a service interruption could result in a prolonged outage that, in turn, results in lost revenue.
4) Avoid Hardware Vendor Lock-in
The fourth hybrid cloud benefit is the avoidance of being locked into a single hardware vendor. Instead of being contractually obligated to physical datacenter resources like servers, switches and racks, you can use the public cloud to handle all your needs. Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services have these costs built into their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and don’t require you to purchase or lease physical hardware assets separately.
5) Drive Innovation
The fifth benefit of a hybrid cloud is its ability to drive innovation amongst enterprise developers. Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides programmers and engineers with all types of new and innovative services like container management, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT) and more. Private-cloud only environments may not have the capacity to host these services, especially for those organizations that don’t have the programming expertise in-house. However, now hybrid cloud developers can leverage innovative public cloud services while keeping sensitive data on-premises.
6) Flexibility and Scalability
The sixth of our hybrid cloud benefits is flexibility and scalability. With hybrid clouds, enterprises can increase or decrease computing resources instantly as needed, instead of having to add expensive and maintenance-demanding hardware. Cloud bursting is a process in which an application runs in a private cloud and “bursts” into a public cloud when the need for computing resources spikes. The dynamic nature of cloud bursting enables organizations to pay only for the resources they consume and not the hardware required to support it.
7) Flexible Cost Controls
The seventh benefit of a hybrid cloud strategy is its flexible cost structure which includes a mix of fixed and dynamic expenses. The fixed costs of a private cloud include items such as servers, racks, hypervisor software, human capital, utilities and physical real-estate. Public cloud prices are dynamic and depend on variables like memory, CPU and storage consumption. This blended approach to cloud cost management enables you to diversify your expense model and hedge against any one area becoming too costly.
The eighth hybrid cloud benefit is compliance. Public and private cloud models have compliance advantages over one another. Microsoft, Amazon and Google invest significant financial, technological and human resources into security for their public clouds. Not only do they meet rigorous compliance standards, such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP and others, but they also allow for additional security services like Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection, Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and Identity and Access Management (IAM). Organizations who prefer to keep corporate data under enterprise control can use a private cloud model, which provides total authority over access management, security protocols, management software, on-site security and more. In either scenario, both public and private cloud models offer unique cloud security advantages.
9) Network Performance Improvements
The ninth benefit of a hybrid cloud is the network performance improvements you can achieve. Private cloud networks can be configured to push essential data through on-premises servers instead of their cloud-based counterparts, significantly improving load times and data transfer speeds. Public cloud networks, on the other hand, provide a level of scale and elasticity that almost no private cloud environment can match. By offloading resource-intensive workloads to the public cloud and allowing your private cloud to host primarily network resources, you can achieve peak performance.
10) Risk Management
The last advantage of a hybrid cloud is that risk management is built into the model. Although risk cannot be avoided completely, it can be reduced with the right software solutions. If malware were to infect a virtual machine in a private cloud environment, platforms like Microsoft Azure and AWS have controls in place to ensure that malware doesn’t reach virtual machines in the public cloud. Conversely, if virtual machines were to be inadvertently deleted from a public cloud environment, services like Azure Site Recovery or Amazon Web Services Disaster Recovery enable organizations to recover backups from an on-premises private cloud. However, neither private nor public cloud providers can mitigate all threats and must rely on 3rd party solutions (like 5nine Cloud Security) to protect against malware and hacker attempts.
The Hybrid Cloud Benefits Don’t Stop Here.
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5nine Cloud Manager is the only platform that provides a unified, single access point for management, migration, monitoring, backup and recovery, with integrated security and compliance, for the public, private and hybrid Microsoft Cloud. Our cost-effective platform eliminates the need for multiple point solutions and non-integrated tools, each with a different interface and learning curve. The unification of feature sets dramatically simplifies the complexity inherent in managing your decentralized cloud environments and allows you to reduce IT costs, achieve peak performance and satisfy customer and employee needs, at a fraction of the cost of deploying System Center. No other platform provides as many hybrid cloud benefits as 5nine Cloud Manager.
Here are just a few of 5nine Cloud Manager’s benefits for hybrid cloud environments:
- Centralizes control of large, distributed, multitenant and decentralized public, private and hybrid cloud environments
- Simplifies virtual machine lifecycle management
- Strengthens business continuity and provides reliable and secure computing for your business
- Guarantees IT independence and agility with support for software-defined networking (SDN)
- Reduces total cost of ownership by eliminating the need for multiple tools and additional training
- Increases operational efficiency and eliminates disparate interfaces and management complexity
- Optimizes performance and efficiency throughout the cloud infrastructure
- Mitigates security and privacy risks by limiting administrative access to your virtual machines, hosts and tenants
- Empowers you to recover and limit damage from disasters or misconfigurations quickly