Hybrid cloud is currently the most popular enterprise architecture around. That’s good news for security and good news for the bottom line, writes Venkat Ramasamy, COO at FileCloud
From Amazon Web Services (AWS) to IBM, some of the biggest names in technology have fully embraced the latest enterprise data trend: hybrid cloud. Boasting the benefits of in-house data centres combined with the benefits of putting data on the public cloud, the latest brand-name endorsements of a hybrid cloud strategy position the approach to dominate the future of enterprise IT.
In what many tech experts took to be a direct challenge to Microsoft, AWS announced the specifics of its hybrid cloud options in a grand manner at the company’s re:Invent conference in November. Partnering with VMWare — a subsidiary of Dell Technologies — AWS now allows customers to order the hardware they need to power their own data centres onsite, otherwise known as a company’s private cloud.
At IBM’s Think conference in mid-February, the computer giant announced that it would also be throwing its hat into the hybrid cloud ring. With its new “Cloud Integration Platform,” the company hopes that it can simplify enterprise transitions to hybrid cloud strategies.
The move is a step away from the all-in approach to Internet-based computing that IT companies, including AWS, had previously evangelised. It is essentially an admission that while Internet-based computing has its advantages, it also has significant drawbacks if companies rely solely on the public cloud.
That admission is a welcome one. Hosting data on a hybrid cloud boasts numerous security benefits, and companies should invest the necessary resources now to adopt this new prevalent cloud model.