According to a leading American IT research firm, almost half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. As cloud adoption continues to rise, so will the number of enterprises with hybrid clouds.

 

A 2014 survey also suggests that over half of respondents indicated that they expect growth in their organization’s use of cloud services in the next twelve months, with 40% planning hybrid clouds. So what is behind the popularity surge of hybrid clouds?

 

Pick a Cloud, Any Cloud:
To understand the various cloud platforms out there, there are generally four cloud models to know:

 

Private – A private cloud is where the organization decides to host and manage their cloud environment internally. All resources, both physical and virtual, belong to the organization.

Public - This is when an organization works with an external cloud provider for their hosting needs. All resources, such as applications and servers, are owned by the third party provider.

Cooperative – Here, an organization tests and works on a secure and dedicated cloud platform instead of provisioning space on a public cloud. Data is stored on distributed clients and nodes in a decentralized system.

Hybrid – Hybrid cloud models are being adopted by organizations that are looking to derive the benefits of both a public and private cloud environment. They can still leverage third party providers in either a full or partial manner.

 

Hybrid cloud models can be implemented in a number of ways, to include:
• Separate cloud providers joining forces to provide both public and private services as an integrated service
• Individual cloud providers offering a complete hybrid package
• Organizations who manage their own private clouds sign up for a public cloud service, which they can integrate into their infrastructure

 

Behind the Hybrid Cloud Boom
Hybrid cloud deployment is considered to be the most cost-effective and efficient method for organizations managing cloud computing resources. While this may be the case, many organizations have still not tapped its full potential. According to a 2014 report by a leading American IT research firm, “..no more than 20 percent of large enterprises have implemented hybrid cloud computing beyond simple integration of applications or services. This declines to 10-15 percent for midsized enterprises.”

One of the major benefits of hybrid clouds is choice – that is, it gives organizations the freedom to choose the particular cloud model best suited for various parts of their business as well as the freedom to choose amongst a variety of providers. As organizations have unique requirements and a number of different applications, the hybrid cloud model appears to be the best choice due to its adaptability.

The growth of hybrid cloud shows that organizations are learning to distinguish between what will be deployed to the cloud and what needs to stay in-house. As organizations continue to become more comfortable with the cloud, hybrid cloud computing will eventually be the norm.

To see how InterraIT can help you with your organization’s hybrid cloud deployment, contact sales@interrait.com.