CIOs should capitalise on hybrid cloud infrastructure to improve business capability
Tue 22 Jul 2014
Efforts by modern enterprises to grow business and maintain relevance inevitably lead to hybrid cloud solutions, argues top technology strategist.
David Goulden, chief executive officer at EMC, a leading data storage firm, writes that hybrid cloud allows greater opportunity for innovation, can provide an effective platform for Big Data and analytics, and also maintains effective business continuity.
In this way the hybrid cloud model encompasses the benefits of both private and public clouds, and is “more than just a bridge between the two.”
“The flexibility to use a variety of services, the scalability to keep pace with business volume, the efficiency to keep costs to a minimum, and the ability to protect data and other technology assets,” are all improvements Goulden identifies with hybrid strategy.
Goulden also suggests that one of the other main benefits of employing hybrid measures is the improved security. “Securing sensitive business assets in the public cloud has become a serious pain point for companies,” he says. The CEO provides as an example public cloud failures which have caused the loss of vast amounts of data and transaction records stored by companies.
“These public cloud security issues have limited the business flexibility that cloud is meant to deliver. This is not the case with hybrid clouds.”
Concluding his post, the EMC CEO writes that the most important role of a CIO besides resourcing and overseeing efficient running of the company’s IT infrastructure, is to promote technology best practice at every level of the business. He argues that hybrid cloud should be at the centre of these discussions to encourage improved business capability.