With technology moving faster than many could ever have imagined, keeping up to date with the latest developments and innovations is a key focus for modern business. Ensuring technologies are deployed that are future-proof, or at the very least will deliver a high ROI over a sustained period of time, is essential in terms of cost efficiency. Ensuring an IT infrastructure remains high performing, secure and compliant has become the driving force for enterprise-wide prosperity.
Here, hybrid cloud hosting is proving to be a popular option when it comes to modernising IT infrastructure, particularly when it comes to ecommerce businesses and those with a dispersed workforce. In fact, it’s predicted that by the end of 2017 nearly half of all large enterprises will have deployed a hybrid cloud solution. According to Gartner research, private cloud computing has moved from an aspiration to a reality for nearly half of all large enterprises in the last three years and hybrid cloud computing is set to follow a similar path.
Hybrid cloud hosting solutions offer immediate business benefits that can help an organisation improve customer service and increase revenue, but they also provide benefits that allow businesses to be fluid and expand operations without the need to re-evaluate or deploy a new infrastructure.
The combination of a public and private cloud offers businesses a secure way to store mission-critical apps and data, as well as a highly flexible solution for customer facing applications and less sensitive data. This allows businesses the space to utilise sales applications and further website functionality in order to improve customer experience. Also, through secured facilities, data is stored in accordance with best practice and regulations for greater peace of mind at all stakeholder levels.
The public aspect of the hybrid cloud can also be used for testing and staging, so businesses are able to update and test different elements of their website and applications without the need to take them offline or affect any other services.
Future-proofing IT infrastructure is pertinent for all businesses, especially those with ecommerce functions. While business forecasting can give an accurate indication of traffic to a site, peaks and troughs in activity and customer growth over a period, mean companies can still experience unexpected spikes in activity. Hybrid cloud hosting enables businesses to scale operations up or down in reaction to sudden increases in traffic and simply provides a fluid solution that can be scaled dependent on seasonal sales trends.
Future-proofing infrastructure is just as important, both in terms of functionality and business integration. When investing in an IT solution, businesses must consider how long it will serve their business. The flexibility and security of the hybrid cloud coupled with third party management and hosting makes it a solid investment that can keep pace with evolving uses of technology.
Future-proofing both processes and infrastructure is vital for any business, but they needn’t be looked upon as two separate challenges. The right technology is different for every business. Solutions like the hybrid cloud are not simply an ‘out of the box’ option, they can be tailored to the needs of the individual business making them an even more robust and scalable asset.