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Hybrid Cloud Is the Raw Material For Digital Transformation

Author : Nitin Mishra
Date : March 21, 2017
Category : Cloud Computing

If you want to boost the digital prowess of your enterprise then the hybrid cloud is just the ticket.

Agility or the lack of it is the paramount concern of enterprises wading into the deep waters of digital transformation. As the business landscape takes on new competitive dimensions characterized by digitization and a growing cadre of increasingly demanding and informed customers hankering for expanded services and flawless customer experiences – organizations should be prepared to adapt digital approach more quickly than ever before.

Companies that fail to be fleet-footed risk being swept aside by their nimbler industry peers.  

In order to limber up, organizations have been hurtling headlong into digital technologies, and rightly so because they can stave off competitive attacks with a masterful digital game plan.

Hybrid Cloud: Ready for Prime Time

The high priests of the IT world are talking up the benefits of cloud and how it helps accelerates digital transformation. IDC predicts that by the end of 2018, 40% of IT spend across hardware, software and services will be for cloud-oriented technologies, and by 2020, 45%-50% of all spend will be for cloud delivered models.
“With increasing cloud spending, many enterprises will have begun use of hybrid solutions without IT’s direct involvement. With the business unit managers increasingly buying their own cloud solutions, hybrid cloud architectures can proliferate, and sometimes not be aligned with the enterprise architecture”, underlines Chris Morris, Vice President, Cloud and Services, IDC Asia Pacific.

For companies pursuing digital transformation, the cloud is as necessary as workouts to an athlete. Hybrid cloud can be dovetailed into the broader digital strategy of a company.  Because the two trends are interlinked. Currently, the cloud market’s fastest-growing segment is the hybrid cloud, a combination of the public and private cloud.

Now, a modernized infrastructure, involving two or more of the three delivery models, characterizes a hybrid cloud environment. These models include a traditional datacenter and/or private cloud, a managed private cloud, and a public cloud, in conjunction with the coordinated management and service provisioning.
In the near future, instances of applications or use cases operating completely in the public cloud without any ties to services, applications or workloads within your datacenter or another cloud service will be few and far between. Your legacy IT infrastructure may be anchored in the past, but it’s no reason why it can’t provide a solid stepping stone into a hybrid cloud and, as a result, utilize the untapped power.

The bridge, the enabler, the facilitator, call it what you may, hybrid cloud charts the road ahead. It’s the critical ‘next step’ to move from the heartburn of managing a mixed and challenging IT domain to a much more proactive and responsive IT with regard to business. Hybrid cloud also helps to set up systems in place that expedite innovation and support new growth.

Being one of the essential ingredients for a complete transition to digital, the hybrid cloud can bring governance and increased security to organizations already investing in public and private cloud infrastructure.

Industry experts are stating that ultimately, the hybrid cloud offers a framework for connecting data, systems and people seamlessly to unleash new innovations across enterprises.

If you want to boost the digital prowess of your enterprise then the hybrid cloud is just the ticket. According to a recent UBS Evidence Lab study, 60 percent of CIOs surveyed agreed that hybrid cloud is the way forward.

Raining Benefits

Most organizations are lumbering along trying to amalgamate private cloud and public cloud capabilities. Such issues thwart their efforts of realizing their digital business aspirations.

This is where hybrid cloud with its Swiss knife-like capabilities comes to their rescue.  
Organizations with a substantial amount of hybrid cloud workloads are three times more likely to achieve their digital business and infrastructure readiness goals as compared to their non-adopter counterparts.

According to IDG Research, while 83 percent of their respondents, comprising of global IT and business executives, use or will use hybrid cloud environments, a good 88 percent of the respondents believe that hybrid is critical to enable digital business transformation.  

The hybrid cloud infrastructure actually frees up the budget from legacy IT maintenance, effectively paying for itself, which allows you to invest in innovations that improve your business. Such savings can effectively fund a number of digital initiatives at your enterprise.
In fact, attempting digital transformation without a hybrid cloud model is like bringing a knife to a gunfight. CIOs should stay focused on the business outcomes hybrid cloud delivers rather than the technology-centric benefits it offers.

Quite evidently, hybrid cloud is the ideal platform to design, built, test and deploy your digital transformative solutions.

Author : Nitin Mishra

Nitin Mishra heads the product management and solutions engineering functions at Netmagic Solutions. During his nine years with the company, he has been responsible for conceptualizing and packaging hosting and managed services focused on IT infrastructure requirements of Internet and Enterprise applications.