Business today involves a challenging cycle: growth fuels not only profits but increased IT needs, and increased IT needs place a heavy demand on your technological infrastructure. Most businesses find that their information storage never quite seems big enough, and rely on a variety of data center services to try to keep the costs down.
One of the most lauded of those data center services is enterprise cloud computing. Put simply, this involves outsourcing all of your server/data storage needs to a cloud-based network so that you are not responsible for the costs of buying, running, and maintaining physical equipment. Cloud computing does live up to its reputation, reducing data storage costs and improving performance—however, in recent years, private cloud computing has become more popular among businesses with more specific needs.
A managed private cloud has extra security features that make it appealing to companies that store sensitive internal or client information. The service also allows for more exact and customized scaling when your business expands. This extra security comes at a somewhat steeper price, though, meaning that you’ll have to carefully consider your budget and the necessity of such service.
Besides, what about the equipment you’ve already bought and paid for? Is eliminating an on-site data center really a cost-effective option when you’ve already invested in it?
Enter hybrid cloud computing. A hybrid cloud strikes a balance between all three options: it utilizes your existing physical infrastructure, a dedicated private cloud, and a public cloud where needed. You can continue to use your current data center or colocation service that you’ve already invested in and know works, while moving some long-term, consistent workloads to a private cloud where you get optimum performance. When you have periodic increases in workload, you can shift these fluidly to a public cloud at low cost or assess booking more private cloud space for long-term scaling. In other words, you can use your existing resources to offset the cost of switching to a managed private cloud, while enjoying all of the flexibility of pure cloud computing. And you never have to buy another piece of equipment again.
Hybrid cloud computing isn’t the only enterprise data center service worth looking at but, for companies that are tired of the cost of scaling their IT needs, it’s an excellent option that blends affordability with performance.