A Change in Plans
The Cloud is one of the most powerful tools of the Internet – but as noted on Forbes.com, the hype of the Cloud rarely lives up to the reality. In fact, many businesses have found themselves stymied by slow connections, dropped information, and the threat of a data hack by a malicious individual.
One possible solution to this problem is the Hybrid Cloud – a setup where information is stored in both private and public cloud environments. In many cases, the local server that will be able to access information more reliably and securely, while the public cloud is able to focus on scalability and as-needed items.
Growth and Adoption
As Tech Radar mentioned in response to a Cloud Industry Forum survey, the adoption of the Hybrid Cloud is estimated to have exceeded 80% among larger businesses, while even the lowest group (the public sector) has nearly two-thirds of locations using some form of a Hybrid Cloud.
Most of these businesses have already discovered the truth: the Hybrid Cloud is the only effective way for their organizations to utilize the power of the Cloud. Ditching all on-site servers is actually a bad plan for many businesses, so the real question is figuring out how much should be put into the public cloud and how much should remain in local storage.
Splitting the Difference
In most cases, the decision of where to put information is actually very simple and straightforward one. Information should go into a private cloud if it meets any of the following criteria:
- Securing the data is important to the company
- Financial transactions are being made
- The files are large and need better connections to improve efficiency
On the other hand, the public cloud is a better choice when:
- Removing the information from the private cloud would free up its capabilities without exposing the company to new risks
- Scalability at any time is critical to success
- Cost-efficiency is important to the company
- Documents and files must be available to many people on a regular basis
There are times when only a good judgment call can decide where to put data. In general, however, the private cloud is best used for storing sensitive data and should be used as infrequently as possible – the true benefits of the Cloud, including cost-savings and drastically greater scalability, cannot be utilized effectively if too many things are kept on the private servers.
Making the Choice
In their comprehensive examination of the Hybrid Cloud, ZDNet observed that there are other ways to use it – especially for businesses that have the budget to support a truly robust private cloud. In cases like these, almost everything can be done from within their own system, and the Public Cloud is utilized solely for additional computing power whenever it’s needed most. This has been widely recognized as one of the most budget-friendly solutions, as well as a business model that’s more secure than other Cloud arrangements.
How Trace3 Can Help
We understand that businesses have different needs – but don’t always understand what the right balance between Public and Private Cloud offerings is. Our innovative solutions are focused on providing companies with the tools they need to succeed, but Trace3 takes it a step further. Our in-house experts can help you figure out the right balance for your business, often as quickly as one phone call to your office, and we’re proud to support a Bring Your Own Device setup that can work with your existing infrastructure.
Learn more about the Cloud today and watch as the power of the Hybrid Cloud is put to work for you.