In recent years, more so now with work from home initiatives since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, trends and events have put pressure on Information Technology (IT) teams. IT Teams are having to adapt and become much more agile needing to package years’ worth of digital transformation efforts into highspeed, doing so with reduced budgets. Both private and public cloud vendors are striving to meet their customers in their cloud journey, which frequently includes a mix of on-premises datacenters and multiple public clouds offerings. As such, hybrid architectures that maximize the benefits of both private and public clouds have emerged as a preferred IT operating model by most organizations today. These are the five main benefits for Hybrid Infrastructure.
Given the abundance of options currently consuming the market when choosing a cloud and data center strategy for your organization, there are several key factors that will indicate if a hybrid architecture is best suited for your business.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
With organizations facing the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic, a top reason to for a hybrid environment is to support the current work from home initiatives. A hybrid infrastructure option gives your organization the flexibility to support remote and distributed employees with on-demand access to data that is not tied to any one central location. Your organization can move sensitive and any data to their private on-premise servers and storage, while making business critical applications available on the public or a private cloud using secure credentials.
Enhanced Security Awareness & Risk Management
Layers Reduce Risk.
Having your data reside in two or more locations (on-premises and in the cloud), not only constitutes a best industry practice, but it will increase the chances of protecting your data from any potential ransomware attacks. Hybrid infrastructure gives businesses control over their data and improved security by reducing the potential exposure of data (with proper rules and policies in place).
Organizations can choose where to house their data (i.e., East US, West US, overseas, etc.) and workloads based on compliance, policy, or security requirements. The hybrid environment also lets security teams standardize redundant cloud storage, which is an important aspect of disaster recovery and data insurance.
A hybrid infrastructures centralized management also makes it easier to implement strong technical security measures such as encryption, automation, access control, orchestration, and endpoint security so you can manage risk effectively.
Scalability & Control
As seen with recent events in the world, business needs and initiatives change. Ease of scalability with your infrastructure can easily allow your organization to meet the needs and business requirements, while maintaining control of your data. In addition, the cloud allows for increased automation to make changes on demand optimizing data performance, storage, and efficiency.
The ability to respond to changes on the fly is a crucial factor for organizations to lean towards a hybrid infrastructure model. A hybrid cloud model helps organizations increase their speed to market by optimizing IT performance and providing the agility needed to meet changing business demands.
Since companies with a hybrid infrastructure are not limited to their private on-premise infrastructure, they can easily expand their workloads into the cloud and more quickly test, prototype, and launch new products or solutions.
More relevant with current COVID-19 pandemic, hybrid infrastructure models improve business continuity and reduce potential downtime and incurred costs associated with it.
A hybrid infrastructure is an integral part of a business continuity solution as it is designed to back up and run critical business applications. As computing demands fluctuate, the organization is not at risk of overburdening their private servers (which could cause slow services, downtime, or potential failures). The cloud will scale to absorb the demand.
As we have all experienced in 2020, the world has been forever changed by COVID-19. IT must adapt to these new changes to keep the organization running, no matter where the employees of the organization are working from. These 5 Main Benefits for Hybrid Infrastructure are key.
To meet these changes does require proper security policies, room for scalability, and some innovation for your organization to accel in a best practices’ hybrid data center environment. NXT GEN is here to help you Determine, Outline, Migrate and Embrace (D.O.M.E.™) your organization into a hybrid architecture, while ensuring that we Keep your IT Simple & Secure at all times.
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