Finally, large and mid-size companies alike are beginning to realize the economic benefits of the cloud. Gartner named cloud as one of the top technologies in 2015 and the new standard for application development. In fact, close to 90% of all businesses have adopted cloud services in one form or another according to PC World. The wind is now at the back of cloud computing, but “what’s next?”
A growing number of cloud service and software providers are helping accelerate cloud adoption and innovation while giving users more choices. Moreover, the cloud, now mainstream, like its forebear the Internet, has empowered and liberated users in the enterprise. And while IaaS, PaaS and SaaS may have opened another door to innovation for end-users, it has put a knot in the stomach of IT organizations that still cling to policies and practices of a bygone era.
On the surface, it appears that the cloud has increased the chasm between IT and business, but in actuality, it is helping bridge this divide. To help align IT and the business in this new era of cloud computing, more enterprises are turning to a new breed hybrid-cloud services and solutions. Manufacturers and cloud service providers are investing heavily in the development of hybrid-cloud technologies that enable IT to add value and keep pace with the business. With that, IT can help give their organizations greater freedom to innovate through advanced hybrid-cloud services that support the needs of business customers. For enterprise applications that require higher levels of security and control, private cloud may be the best answer. The public cloud may be the best option for keeping costs down and for tasks requiring collaboration across the organization.
Because there really isn’t a “one size fits all” model, thoughtful consideration of your needs both today and in the future will help companies determine how best to capitalize on the benefits that hybrid-cloud brings. The enterprise is realizing that hybrid-cloud is not merely a convenient compromise that enables IT to remain relevant, but rather a new model of computing that combines the best of two worlds to give their company a competitive advantage.