Today’s globally competitive business environment along with tough economic climate is causing many companies to revisit and redesign their business processes. Be it for increasing productivity, improving quality, speeding up market penetration, cost cutting or improved efficiency of processes, the cloud can contribute significantly to the companies’ solutions.
Cloud computing technologies are developing rapidly around the world and the different manifestations – public, private and hybrid are gaining mainstream acceptance. Though the private and public clouds have their own benefits and challenges, the hybrid cloud has evolved as an amalgamation of these two implementations to provide the best of both worlds.
The hybrid cloud offers many benefits to medium sized companies and consequently, enables them to compete with large organizations. The hybrid cloud boasts of high levels of scalability, efficient resource utilization, stringent quality measures, robust network and data security, business continuity features and extensible storage solutions. Despite these benefits, companies perceive challenges that delay the aggressive adoption and deployment of hybrid clouds. They are:
- Complex operation and migration
- Public and private cloud format mismatch
- Restricted visibility and control
As mentioned earlier, these are perceived challenges that were significant in the early days of the hybrid cloud. With innovations in approach and advances in technology, there are suitable solutions in the market that companies can adopt to migrate to a hybrid cloud. The IBM Hybrid Cloud Solution is one such solution.
These challenges can be quite easily overcome and the company can gain several important benefits like rapid provisioning of resources, simplified network operations and an accelerated time to market that can set it apart from the competition.
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