Why the Hybrid Cloud?

The Hybrid Cloud

As cloud adoption passes through the early adoption phase and heads toward the early mainstream, the great question of  “Public, private or hybrid cloud?” is a hot topic in deployment planning meetings. So how does an organization choose the appropriate deployment option and what are the benefits of one over the others, if any?

According to a September 2013 whitepaper from IDC, Journey to the Hybrid Cloud:

“…the prevailing binary paradigm of cloud infrastructure (public versus private) limits the extent to which enterprises can fully leverage the on-demand, self-service, elastic resource provisioning attributes of public cloud while maintaining the same security, reliability, performance, and management frameworks present in current private cloud implementations. Hybrid cloud solves this problem.”

At DoubleHorn, we are seeing this assertion proven in our cloud assessments and deployments. Our customers’ security and control needs do not lend themselves to one option over the other, as they need both private/onsite and public/offsite cloud resources. Our cloud solution specialists were recently engaged in an early stage cloud assessment with a new customer who said, “I have an infrastructure mess now and I can’t just move it all to the public cloud. There are too many compliance issues we need to deal with and I have to maintain some level of control.” Not only does this frustration with the current environment lead to a carefully staged and managed migration to the cloud, but it calls for the blended approach a hybrid cloud environment can deliver. In this case, the integration of storage, security, compute, applications, networking, and management is highly orchestrated with a carefully designed blueprint. The migration leverages the speed and agility of the public cloud with the security and control of the private cloud, creating a new hybrid environment where the organization can maintain the existing tools, systems, and policies being used in the enterprise datacenter.

Why the Hybrid Cloud?For many DoubleHorn customers, the first step into this hybrid cloud environment is a storage solution that combines the flexibility, security, and peace of mind of an on-premises appliance with the benefits of the cloud. DoubleHorn manages the on-site data storage and backup appliance and data is uploaded to the cloud during off-peak business hours, minimizing disruption and providing more efficient network utilization. There are many benefits of the DoubleHorn Hybrid Cloud solution:

– Pre-integrated, tested and validated by DoubleHorn and technology partner engineers

– Secures and streamlines the use of leading public clouds

– Provides a robust backup and restore solution that can handle large jobs

– Provides reliable file-level version control

– Stabilizes IT operations for further application migrations to the cloud

– Delivers faster backup speeds and faster disaster recovery at a lower cost

– Delivered as a managed service

– Cloud backups available from any internet connection and web browser

– Minimal bandwidth needed to capture data

– Windows or Linux based

With almost 23% of enterprises currently opting for a Hybrid Cloud environment, according to IDC, the DoubleHorn solution is a reliable and secure initial migration to the cloud. Contact us today to learn more, 855-61-VOICE (86423) or email solutions@doublehorn.com.

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