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The Hybrid Cloud: Shifting Emphasis from Cost to Benefit

For several years, cloud computing has been the focus of IT decision makers and corporate bean counters, but the security-conscious segment has been hesitant to move their data and workloads into the cloud. Now, with the underlying technology behind cloud services available for deployment inside organizations, a new model of cloud computing is gaining a foothold in business: the hybrid IT cloud.


What's it all about?

What customers want to do is merely use multiple clouds. What the client wants is one or more public clouds connected to something in their data center. That thing could be a private cloud, that thing could just be traditional data center infrastructure. With this definition, the hybrid cloud is the combination of one or more public cloud providers (such as Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform) with a private cloud platform—one that’s designed for use by a single organization. The public cloud and private infrastructure, which operate independently of each other, communicate over an encrypted connection, using technology that allows for the portability of data and applications.

The precision of this definition is quite remarkable: The public and private clouds (or infrastructure) in a hybrid cloud arrangement are distinct and independent elements. This arrangement allows organizations to store protected or privileged data on a private cloud while retaining the ability to leverage computational resources from the public cloud to run applications that rely on this data. This keeps data exposure to a minimum because they are not storing sensitive data long-term in the public cloud.


Hybrid Cloud Brightens The Picture

With the hybrid cloud model, IT decision makers have more control over both the private and public components than using a pre-packaged public cloud platform. One can expect everything that they want including increased efficiency and the flexibility to meet diverse needs. It provides the added benefit of paying for the extra compute time only when these resources are needed. It lets you pick the right cloud for the right workload. 

Building a hybrid cloud with private infrastructure that’s directly accessible - in other words, not pushed through the public internet - dramatically reduces access time and latency in comparison to public cloud services. 

Another benefit of this hybrid cloud model is the ability to have on-premises computational infrastructure that supports the average workload for business while retaining the ability to leverage the public cloud for failover circumstances in which the workload exceeds the computational power of the private cloud component. Building out the private end of a hybrid cloud also allows flexibility in server designs. It gives companies the flexibility to provide rapid and archival storage at a likely lower cost.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) advantage: Think Benefits—Not Costs

Combining cloud IT with on-premises IT brings unparalleled flexibility and scalability to enterprises. However, the resulting hybrid IT environment introduces complexity that can impact productivity. HPE software-defined solutions reduce operational friction, offering a cloud-like experience across the infrastructure. With software-enabled automation and simplified hybrid cloud management to streamline and speed operations, you can focus on new projects that deliver a competitive edge. With software-defined solutions for hybrid IT, one can gain efficiency and better control which can manage infrastructure as code, using powerful software to deploy IT resources for any workload quickly.


Software-defined infrastructure: Create a software-defined environment within the data center to accelerate application development and deployment, reduce costs and streamline IT operations.

Multi-cloud management: Operational efficiency improves, and this helps achieve digital transformation objectives with a comprehensive, unified, multi-cloud management solution.

On-premises Azure services: HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud solution that allows organizations to run Azure-consistent services in the data center, providing a cohesive and simplified development, management, and security experience. With the right mix of private and public cloud to handle all workloads, helps increase agility, enhance innovation, and control costs. 


The Bottom Line

For years, IT departments have focused on reducing costs, with little success. Most IT money is spent to keep the business running and doesn’t improve profits. However, the hybrid cloud allows enterprises to use enormous computing resources for a short amount of time, so it changes the picture. Without spending more money, companies can test far more ideas, increasing the chance of transforming both their business and their balance sheet.

Wondering how you can create value and competitive advantage through a digital transformation? This IDC report reveals how enterprises are handling the hybrid IT challenges and opportunities through HPE’s Hybrid IT.

Audrey Cox
WW OEM Communications & Brand Awareness
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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