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Finding solid ground for business with hybrid cloud

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Finding solid ground for business with hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud is a combination of cloud-based services and on-premises infrastructure, but how does it actually work? Well, hybrid cloud involves connecting private cloud infrastructure in a company’s on-premises data center to public cloud environments hosted off-premises by a public cloud provider.

As IBM has found, a hybrid cloud strategy can provide up to 2.5 times more value with an efficient, affordable, and secure data management platform. And that can benefit a wide range of companies that have partnered with IBM on their hybrid cloud framework – everything from smart meter companies to prestige golf tournaments.

Making it simpler

But that breakdown may fly over the heads of people without a degree in computer sciences. So how can hybrid cloud be visualized to help more people understand the benefits it provides?

One way to understand hybrid cloud is how it gives consumers the power of choice.

See, hybrid cloud services provide consumers with the ability to ‘cloudburst,’ an easy way to utilize and switch between private, public, on-premises, and edge computing services based on what they need, when they need it. So when traffic or demand spikes, there isn’t a strain on any one system.

However, looking through the lens of choice can’t explain all of the different features hybrid cloud provides. Another key to hybrid cloud is security.

By utilizing on-premises, private, and public cloud data and application management, hybrid cloud can provide consumers a separate yet connected architecture. The end result: consumers can ‘run critical workloads in the private cloud and less sensitive workloads in the public cloud, although critical workloads such as SAP can also be run in public cloud.’ In other words, you can offload non-sensitive data while helping to keep secure what matters most.

Another way to think about it

Beyond choice and security, an effective hybrid cloud setup can provide a third feature – a remarkable level of service. Consider transportation. In a sense, the private cloud or on-premises infrastructure functions like your car. You know the car’s associated costs, its capabilities, its limitations, and it’s available when you want it. But whenever traveling without your car, there are a host of public services you can rely on, like rideshare apps – limited, controllable costs for limited, controlled usage.

However, hybrid cloud combines both worlds without compromise – you get the control of the private cloud or on-premises infrastructure and the cost flexibility of the public cloud and edge.

Learn about how IBM hybrid cloud solutions can deliver flexibility and portability.

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