The global cloud computing industry has evolved exponentially with new cloud models – and new services, such as containerisation – being developed, adopted and deployed.
Organisations have key focal points for their move to the cloud in order to enable their wider digital transformation strategies. However, the promises of speed, security and scale haven’t been seen by many companies as they tried to squeeze their requirements in to this new shiny solution – complete square peg, round hole scenario – or chose one vendor, and as a result have suffered financial losses and transformation setbacks due to vendor lock-in.
This year, IDC reported that 93.2% of survey respondents reported that their organisation is currently using more than one cloud infrastructure and therefore moving to adopt a hybrid or multicloud approach. This was generally made up of one or two public clouds plus one or two private cloud environments. These results show that hybrid and multicloud is becoming the new enterprise norm. Operating across multiple clouds is essential for organisations to keep their business competitive, reduce costs, maintain performance and ensure regulation and legislation compliance, and protect from cyber threats.
With the majority of organisations pushing the move to the cloud, it’s no wonder that the global hybrid cloud market is tipped to be a huge growth industry, projected to reach a value of US$102 billion in the next 5 years alone. Alongside this, the multicloud market is also on its way to a value of US$8 billion in the same short timescale.
What this means for you is that you now have the ultimate in consumer value in your hands – choice. You have the tools to be able to listen to your business and implement combined technology solutions to truly create an agile network and business transformation.
Are you looking to harness the power and flexibility of cloud for your organisation? Here are the top 3 reasons we think you should:
A public cloud typically reduces the amount of CAPEX needed to buy servers, storage and infrastructure. For smaller companies, the cloud answers the problem of a lack of initial resources to invest. However, companies are being caught out in OPEX costs. This happens in cases where they’ve moved their entire data centre to the cloud, they have a high volume of usage, and ongoing costs start to skyrocket.
In order to regain some control and to avoid being locked in to single vendors, many companies are turning to hybrid and multicloud connectivity. This means that the business can choose the right tool for the job, blending on-prem and cloud infrastructure and taking back control of their spending. With business needs changing rapidly, the hybrid or multicloud model gives executives the power to decide what they need and the best solution for those needs, to ensure better outcomes for the business.
Security is something that your whole business is concerned with – no matter what size of organisation. Identifying fraud has recently been described as chasing creativity – and with criminals finding new ways to attack every day, a single weakness in your infrastructure could put you at risk. One cloud provider simply can’t stay ahead of this changing criminal activity – therefore hybrid and multicloud become a necessity to protect your business and provide you with assurance that you’re protected against cyber threats. Further to this, we always recommend adding layers of security to your on premise solution to protect internal assets.
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A more agile approach
Organisations are being locked in to long and expensive contracts by guilty vendors and having their flexibility, benefits and choice removed. Don’t let one vendor dictate your strategy! Take time to understand your business needs and find the right solutions which solve those, rather than being attracted to shiny tech and getting lost in the solution, not your requirements. Don’t be fooled by a single vendors promise of 99.99% uptime SLAs – that translates to 1 hour of downtime a year. Imagine how much would that cost your business? Just yesterday, AWS experienced an 8 hour outage. If this sort of outage would have major repercussions then a hybrid or multicloud approach mitigates that risk and will keep you and your customers happy.