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The Hybrid Cloud as a Long-Term Strategic Roadmap for Business Continuity

By the end of 2019, a vast majority of organizations had already formulated strategies to gradually shift to a cloud environment. The pandemic has only served to give companies a much-needed push in that direction. With distributed work setups being the norm for many enterprises in the foreseeable future, adopting cloud practices has become imperative to avoid business disruption.

While many companies were comfortable using their on-prem legacy infrastructure for business processes, the advent of remote work practices brought about an urgent need for modernization and business transformation through cloud adoption. Cloud applications provided safety against cybersecurity threats and improved collaboration between teams working virtually.

Choosing a cloud deployment model is often unique to the needs of a particular organization. While public and private deployment models have their own set of advantages, companies that prefer the best of both worlds typically adopt hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Some sectors like healthcare or finance may have sensitive data, such as a patient’s medical records and personal information, which can be a target for cybercriminals. Such mission-critical business processes may run on a private cloud, while applications that require lower security controls but need to be scaled rapidly are often hosted on a public cloud.

Here are some critical features of a hybrid cloud that make it an attractive option for organizations worldwide:

Security: When using a public cloud architecture, security and privacy are often causes for concern. Hybrid cloud designs are more in control of the design and offer a higher level of data security through ISO certifications, logical protection modules in the system, and local defense strategies.

Flexibility: The combination of private and public cloud models in a hybrid design ensures that each organization can pick and choose optimal requirements that would be a perfect fit for them. It allows enterprises to upscale and downscale their infrastructure based on the company’s needs.  

Innovation: The hybrid cloud architecture allows ample opportunities to stay ahead of the competition. Modeling new applications in the cloud using the pay-as-you-go model reduces initial expenditure in setting up infrastructure. Such apps can also be tested and deployed without committing to any long-term service. 

Cost optimization: A hybrid cloud setup allows organizations to pay only for what they use. It also optimizes maintenance costs associated with cloud adoption. A recent study by Microsoft-Zinnov says that hybrid cloud adoption can result in cost savings of up to 30%.

With all these benefits, adopting a hybrid cloud infrastructure is not just a stopgap for organizations to effectively tackle the repercussions caused by the pandemic. It can also be considered a long-term strategic roadmap for organizations to adapt and change direction in tune with their business needs. The agility provided by a hybrid cloud environment offers businesses the leeway to bring in innovative SaaS (Software-as-a-Solution) and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Solution) products to streamline daily operations. A hybrid cloud can also help organizations across various sectors leverage data protection and security features, and adhere to regulatory compliance laws for specific industries. 

The next few years will see strong growth in companies adopting hybrid cloud infrastructures. Organizations will look at advanced security solutions to ensure that their cloud is protected. 

Netlabs Global can help you reach the cloud automation goals you have for your organization. Our best-of-breed solutions allow enterprises to leverage existing capabilities and manage a hybrid cloud setup that increases collaboration and boosts ROI. 

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