Enterprises in front of the cloud trend

Surveys from RightScale show that businesses enjoy many practical benefits when deploying "hybrid cloud".

Time of "hybrid cloud"

Cloud computing has been going into enterprises, both at each business and at the nations. There is no denying on the feasibility of cloud computing. In Gartner's list of the Top 10 Strategies for Technology, the cloud gains 3 positions, including the "hybrid cloud."

"Hybrid cloud" is the end of the debate between "public cloud" and "private cloud" for enterprises’ IT infrastructure.  The "hybrid cloud" combines the security of a private cloud and the power, the elasticity and the cost savings of a public cloud.

Simply put, "hybrid cloud" allows businesses to outsource from cloud providers such as Microsoft, Google or Amazon as part of their infrastructure or services.


Accordingly, there are more and more businesses putting their infrastructure on the clouds. The "hybrid cloud" offers a number of customized solutions and services for IT leaders, meeting both security requirements and helping businesses integrate into the Big Data stream.

According to a report from Spiceworks, average spending on information technology, including SMB services and products rose to $ 192,000 from $ 162,000 last year. Currently, 60% of SMBs use cloud services and this number may increase to 66% in the next six months.

A report released at the start of the year from RightScale is even more positive as surveys show that 90% of IT leaders from companies with more than 1,000 employees plan to expand cloud services, approaching "hybrid clouds". 74% of businesses have a "hybrid cloud" strategy, more than half of them are using both "public cloud" and "private cloud".

In this trend, the big giants - Microsoft, Google and Amazon jointly launched solutions that include Windows Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon AWS, with IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) and PaaS ( Platform as a service). And over time, these "clouds" are increasingly being adapted to the needs of SMBs, satisfying the problems when bringing the traditional model system to the "cloud".


How does "hybrid cloud" help businesses?

Surveys from RightScale show that businesses enjoy many practical benefits when deploying "hybrid cloud".

Business representatives said the benefits of cloud computing this year were higher than last year, including higher availability, cost savings, erasing geographic limits, and business continuity.

Take Azure for example. The Windows Azure operating system and the Windows Azure service pack look toward hybrid cloud solutions, helping businesses transform their existing infrastructure in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Deploying Azure solutions mean they run applications, store data on a "cloud" server system ran by Microsoft. Security, maintenance... are implemented by the team of Microsoft engineers instead of investing in IT department at the enterprise.

The cloud operating system allows enterprises to rapidly and flexibly build and manage modern applications integrated seamlessly between platforms, locations and devices; support the process of analyzing accurate information from old and new data. It also allows users to work anywhere and on any device.

The Windows Azure service pack carries Windows Azure technologies to the data center, addressing the needs of service providers and businesses seeking to use IT services through vendors. The Azure solution also helps businesses manage the BYOD trend (bringing your own devices to the office), easily implementing specialized applications for businesses.


Factors to be considered when implementing "hybrid cloud" include:

1. Safety

2. Compatibility with existing infrastructure/system, ability to switch between clouds

3. Cost

4. Performance/Elasticity

5. Ability to manage multiple cloud services at the same time

6. Level of control information, data


By: Mithrine Smith

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